Bokeem Woodbine stood out in his performance as the mob enforcer Mike Milligan in FX’s dark drama ‘Fargo,’ for which he bagged an Emmy nomination for the category of Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series. ‘Fargo’ for Woodbine has been a game changer, turning him into an overnight sensation.
Woodbine boasts of a long and steady career with roles on TV shows like ‘Saving Grace’ and ‘Southland’ and in movies like the ‘Panther’ and ‘The Rock.’ He has appeared in more than dozens of movies and on TV shows as well. But the character Mike Milligan in ‘Fargo’ has earned him the best praises in his career.
When asked whether there was any aspect in Milligan that he never knew he was comfortable playing, Woodbine replied it was the reserve in his character.
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“Oh! I would say the reserve,” he told the Hollywood Reporter in an interview. “I’ve played a lot of characters that emote in a very dramatic fashion a lot of the time. They can be loud. They can be boisterous. They can be violent. I hadn’t ever really had the chance to interpret a character in such a reserved fashion, but Mike is such a reserved guy that the role demanded that I play him fairly reserved a lot of the time. I guess I wasn’t quite sure if I had that in me until this role came along.”
Woodbine was born on April 13, 1973, in Harlem in the New York City. According to Article Bio, he was highly influenced by his mother, who was also an actress. Woodbine’s father worked in a hospital, but his parents later got divorced.
He attended Dalton School on the Upper East Side of Manhattan and was later transferred to Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts.
The actor is also remembered for his work in the 1992 hip-hop classic ‘Juice’ alongside Tupac Shakur and Omar Epps.
According to a report by the Variety.com, Bokeem Woodbine said that he did not anticipate something like ‘Fargo’ happening to him, but he is proud that now he can see things coming and decide the next move.