Dayo Okeniyi is a Nigerian actor, popularly known for playing the role of Thresh in The Hunger Games and Danny Dyson in Terminator Genisys. The actor is also well known for portraying Michael Loman on the NBC drama Shades of Blue.
Here are all the interesting details about his family, education, career, and much more. Keep reading!
- Birthname: Oladayo. A. Okeniyi
- Date of birth: June 14, 1988
- Dayo Okeniyi age: 32 years old (as of 2020)
- Birthplace: Lagos, Nigeria
- Birth sign: Gemini
- Height: 5' 11½" (1.82 m)
- Weight: 74 kg (163 lbs)
- Hair colour: Black
- Eye colour: Black
Dayo Okeniyi's early life and family
The actor was born as Oladayo. A. Okeniyi. Dayo means wealth in the form of joy, while Okeniyi means sent from heaven. His full name, therefore, means our wealth from heaven is in the form of joy.
Dayo Okeniyi siblings are four, and Dayo is the youngest in the family. The actor has not revealed much about his siblings, though.
In 2003, Okeniyi's family moved from Nigeria to the United States. His father, now a retired customs officer and mother, a British literature teacher, were adamant that their children receive an education in the United States.
Dayo Okeniyi high school
Dayo's parents enrolled him at Heritage Christian School as a high school junior when they moved the family to Indiana in 2003.
Dayo received a Bachelor's degree in Visual Communications Design at Anderson University in Anderson, IN in 2009. After college, he decided to move to Los Angeles to pursue acting, his true passion.
Okeniyi began performing on stage in elementary school. After graduating from AU in 2009, he moved to Los Angeles, living with fellow AU alumni and actors who supported and encouraged him.
As Dayo was pursuing his dream of becoming an actor, his family stood solidly behind him, each step of the way. In an interview with Ebony magazine, he said,
"Most folks where I come from want their kids to be doctors and lawyers, but I think my parents are different, because they also had the opportunity to go to college. They went to college in the United States, and I think that makes them different because they come from the mindset of you can do anything you want to do if you put your mind to it... so they were all for it. It was almost like they knew that that was what I was supposed to do with my life, but it just took me a while to figure that out myself. So, when I mentioned it to them and said this is what I want to do, they were like, 'It's about time!'"
While in Los Angeles, Okeniyi jumped into acting workshops and worked as an extra in various films. He played leading roles in a couple of short films.
Okeniyi had his screen debut opposite Jennifer Lawrence in the wildly popular The Hunger Games film, where he played Thresh, an intimidating and strong tribute from District 11.
He also played supporting roles in Endless Love, opposite Alex Pettyfer; Sundance Film Festival hit The Spectacular Now opposite Shailene Woodley and Miles Teller; Runner Runner, opposite Ben Affleck and Justin Timberlake; and the SXSW indie Cavemen, opposite Skylar Astin.
In 2014, Okeniyi was featured in Vanity Fair's New Wave portfolio and was named one of the 30 Important Actors Under 30 by the Los Angeles Times.
Dayo Okeniyi movies and TV shows
The actor has appeared in the following:
- 2020 - Emperor - Shields Green
- 2020 - Dirty Diana - James
- 2020 - The Left Right Game - Apollo
- 2020 - Run Sweetheart Run - Trey
- 2019 - See - Oloman
- 2016-2018 - Shades of Blue - Michael Loman
- 2017 - Hajji (Short) - Benjamin
- 2016 - Good Kids - Conch
- 2015 - Terminator Genisys - Danny Dyson
- 2014 - Endless Love - Mace
- 2014 - Bones - Jarrick Henry
- 2013 - American Backwoods: Slew Hampshire - Bro
- 2013 - Cavemen - Andre
- 2013 - Runner Runner - Lionel
- 2013 - Revolution - Alec Penner
- 2013 - The Spectacular Now - Marcus
- 2012 - Prairie Dogs (TV short) - Mazi
- 2012 - The Hunger Games - Thresh
- 2011 - Lions Among Men (Short) - Tau
- 2010 - Eyes to See (Short)
In 2014, the actor was nominated for a Shockfest Film Festival, US award (Best of Fest Award) under the Best Actor category for his role in Slew Hampshire (2013).
Dayo is the co-founder of Positive Vibes Only, a lifestyle company that promotes mental health awareness and positive vibes via culturally curated experiences.
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Dayo Okeniyi wife
The actor has not revealed any details about his love life.
Dayo Okeniyi height and weight
The actor is quite tall. He stands at a height of 5' 11½", which translates to 1.82 metres or 182 centimetres. His weight, on the other hand, is 74 kg (163 lbs).
Dayo Okeniyi is an extremely talented actor who has managed to wow multitudes with his performances. His exceptional acting skills are enjoyed by many, from Africa to the United States and beyond.
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