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Samuel Osei Sarpong Jr

Samuel Osei Sarpong Jr

A Multitalented Actor, Supermodel, and Musician

19December
1974
19 December 1974

Background and Movie Highlights

Samuel Osei Sarpong Jr, born on December 19, 1974, in London, England, made a significant impact in the entertainment industry as a British actor, supermodel, and musician.

During his career, Sarpong showcased his talent in over sixty feature films and fifty-five television shows, leaving an enduring legacy on the silver screen. His notable film credits include "Carmen The Hip Hopera," "Love Don't Cost a Thing," "Keeping Up with the Steins," "Anchor Baby," and "No Weapons." For his outstanding portrayal in "No Weapons," Sarpong received the award for Best Lead Actor at the San Diego Black Film Festival.

05July
1985
05 July 1985

Personal Life

Sam Sarpong's journey began in London, but it was in Los Angeles that he made his mark. At the age of 11, he moved to Los Angeles with his father, Sam Sarpong Sr., who hailed from Ghana. Sarpong attended El Camino Real High School in Woodland Hills, California, where he excelled as a basketball star.


Despite his initial dreams of pursuing a college and professional basketball career, Sarpong transitioned into acting and modeling when his aspirations in basketball didn't materialize. He embraced his new path and found success in the entertainment industry, showcasing his talents in various mediums.


05July
2023
05 July 2023

Modeling

Apart from acting, Sarpong made his mark in the fashion industry, becoming one of the first black male models for renowned designer Tommy Hilfiger. He represented the brand as its face for more than six years. Additionally, he worked with Louis Vuitton, Boy London, and served as the international face of the Nelson Mandela Foundation clothing line.

05July
2023
05 July 2023

Filmography

Throughout his career, Sarpong contributed to a wide range of films and television shows. Some of his notable works include:

- "Sunset Park" (1996)

- "No Easy Way" (1996)

- "Carnival of Wolves" (1996)

- "American History X" (1998)

- "Love Don't Cost a Thing" (2003)

- "Everybody Hates Chris" (2005, TV Series)

- "Keeping Up with the Steins" (2006)

- "Anchor Baby" (2010)

- "No Weapon Formed Against Us" (2015)

05July
2023
05 July 2023

Demise

Tragically, on October 26, 2015, Sarpong's life came to a heartbreaking end. He passed away at the age of 40 after jumping from the Colorado Street Bridge in Pasadena, California. The Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner ruled his death a suicide, pending an autopsy.

05July
2023
05 July 2023

Music Career

Sarpong's talent extended beyond acting and modeling. He was a musician and showcased his skills on MTV's show "Yo Momma" as a host for three seasons. He also served as the host of the BET Awards pre-show "All Access" for seven years, adding his charisma and talent to the entertainment world.

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