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Philip Akin

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Philip Akin (born April 18, 1950) is a Canadian actor who has been active for over thirty years in stage, film, and television. He has had featured roles in major American films such as The Sum of All Fears, S.W.A.T., and Get Rich or Die Tryin’. He has also done much voice work, including voicing the character of Bishop for the X-Men animated series and Tripp Hansen in Monster Force. Akin was born in Kingston, Jamaica as a middle brother of five sons. His parents moved to Oshawa, Ontario in 1953, and he and his brothers followed suit the next year. He has lived there ever since. Shortly after attending high school, Akin attended Toronto’s Ryerson Theatre School. In 1975, he became the school’s first acting graduate, landing a role just a few days later in a Shaw Festival production of Caesar and Cleopatra. In 1983 Akin began studying Yoshinkan Aikido and is presently a 5th degree black belt in that art. He has also trained in Jing Mo Kung Fu and Tai Chi Chuan. Akin first came to prominence in the early 1980s when he performed on the zany comedy series Bizarre. Other recognizable roles include computer expert Norton Drake from War of the Worlds, a Canadian television series that went off the air in 1990. His recurring role as Charlie DeSalvo in Highlander: The Series has also brought him much recognition. In Shake Hands with the Devil he portrays Kofi Annan, then United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations. In 2007, Akin will be performing at the Stratford Festival of Canada, a prestigious summer-long celebration of theatre held each year in Stratford, Ontario, Canada. He is cast in the title role of William Shakespeare’s Othello, and also in the role of Crooks in the Festival’s rendition of John Steinbeck’s novella Of Mice and Men. Phil Akin can also be seen in a long list of guest appearances on television series filmed in Canada, for example: F/X: The Series, Mutant X, and most recently, Flashpoint (2008). Akin is a founding member and currently the Artistic Director of the Obsidian Theatre Company, a Canadian theatre company comprising seasoned actors of African descent, devoted to the work of blacks. Akin is divorced, with one child. Description above from the Wikipedia article Philip Akin, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

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Apr 18, 1950 In Kingston, Jamaica
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Running 1979-10-30
Latest Project:
Movie RoboCop 2014-01-30
Known For
Movie RoboCop Dr. Alan 2014-01-30
Movie The Note II: Taking a Chance on Love 2009-01-31
Movie Bottom Feeder Sarge 2007-04-03
Movie P2 Karl 2007-11-09
Movie Absolution Dr. Mitch Powell 2006-09-11
Movie The Man Second I.A. Agent 2005-09-08
Movie The Skulls III Captain Harlan 2004-03-23
Movie The Red Sneakers Mr. Seabrooke 2002-02-10
Movie Cube 2: Hypercube The General 2002-04-15
Movie Everybody's Doing It Principal Kerr 2002-12-21
Movie Left Behind Alan Tompkins 2000-10-30
Movie The Wrong Girl Police Detective Jacobs 1999-01-04
Movie The Taking of Pelham One Two Three ESU lieutenant 1998-02-01
Movie Down in the Delta Manager 1998-12-25
Movie Color of Justice New York Assistant D.A 1997-09-07
Movie The Conspiracy of Fear Patterson 1996-01-01
Movie The Haunting of Lisa Sgt. Hill 1996-04-10
Movie Liar, Liar: Between Father and Daughter Dr. Kerr 1993-06-22
Movie Terror on Track 9 Reporter #2 1992-09-20
Movie F/X2 Detective McQuay 1991-04-16
Series Swamp Thing 1990-10-31
Movie Iceman Dr. Vermeil 1984-04-13
Movie Running Chuck Stone 1979-10-30