Boris Kodjoe

by ethnic on March 4, 2008

Birth Name: Boris Frederic Cecil Tay-Natey Ofuatey-Kodjoe

Place of Birth: Vienna, Austria

Date of Birth: 8 March, 1973

Ethnicity:
*Ghanaian (father)
*German, Ashkenazi Jewish (mother)

Boris Kodjoe is an actor and model. He is known for his role in the Showtime drama Soul Food, and the films Brown Sugar, Madea’s Family Reunion, Baggage Claim, and several Resident Evil sequels.

He was born in Vienna, Austria, to a Ghanaian father and a German mother. He was raised in Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany, and resides in the United States. Boris is married to actress Nicole Ari Parker.

Boris’s maternal grandmother’s mother was Jewish, and survived the Holocaust in hiding. The rest of Boris’s mother’s ancestry appears to be non-Jewish German. Boris is fluent in German, French, English, and Spanish.

He was named after poet and writer Boris Pasternak.

One of Boris’s grandfathers was named Cecil.

Source: http://mrbrownmovies.com

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Multiethnicchick May 7, 2017 at 11:47 am

He’s an idiot. He said he’s black because that’s how he’s perceived and feels. First of all, you can’t feel black. That’s the same racist garbage Rachel Dolezeal said. Second, only people who have no idea what a full on black person looks like would think this man looks black. He clearly looks mixed. If he wants to identify as half a person, fine. But if that’s the case, he should just never call himself mixed because there are real mixed people who have no issue claiming both sides. this guy is just another racist one-drop rule pusher.

fuzzybear44 May 9, 2017 at 8:32 am

You seem to be intolerant of other peoples opinion. Not everyone in the world is going to look at things the way you do. He’s not being racist. You don’t see him running around yelling (That’s right I’m a Black man and that makes me better), that what a racist does. However he’s not doing that. He said he’s been perceived as a black man, which I’m sure most of the people he’s come in contact with have seen him as just that.

Quote(there are real mixed people who have no issue claiming both sides. )

Well you’re right about that, but then there are a lot of ones that don’t have such a great experience as you

Ardor February 8, 2017 at 6:22 pm

Those sexy, hooded bedroom eyes are definitely the Jewish part.

slowdive January 31, 2016 at 2:32 pm

He looks like an evenly balanced 50/50 mulatto leaning a bit more towards his Ghanaian side, same with Obama.

People need to take into consideration that the average American mulatto is actually more European on average than SSA (Sub-Saharan African) due to the presence of European admixture in African-Americans.

American mulattoes are usually like 35-40% black instead of actually being evenly balanced 50/50.

Multiethnicchick May 7, 2017 at 11:50 am

wow someone who actually factors this in. Most people don’t consider that black americans already being mixed means their off spring with a white person turns out mostly white.

Dogg January 30, 2016 at 8:00 am

I can see both the Jewish and the German. Ghanaians are very dark. My cousin is half Ghanaian, half white and she could pass for an African-American cause she looks 3/4 black.

Dogg January 30, 2016 at 8:04 am

Interestingly she had kids with a mixed Jamaican man and one of them turned out to be lighter than both of them.

fuzzybear44 January 31, 2016 at 12:04 am

That can happen, as you already know. My cousin was dark skin, and her boyfriend was brown, Yet their children came out high yella(and stayed that way). Although that’s nothing uncommon with my family

Multiethnicchick May 7, 2017 at 11:50 am

how does one look 3/4 black?

fuzzybear44 May 9, 2017 at 8:07 am

@Multie

Quote(how does one look 3/4 black?)

Well you just stated that Robert Ri’chard looked like he was in the 25% range, how does one look that?

Capricious October 8, 2015 at 10:37 pm

His eyes are definitely Semitic.

legez August 29, 2015 at 5:51 am

his father was probably very black looking, he doesn’t look like a typical Ghanian or African brotha, he looks African-American but that doesn’t mean anything seeing how African-Americans can range from white to pure black looking

neiltennant June 28, 2015 at 2:19 pm

he looks fully black

more black than most african americans who are only of african descent

cwm85 July 16, 2015 at 3:38 pm

Do you know what a typical African looks like? This guy clearly has some European features. The eyes and facial structure is not of an average African. Plus he’s ligther than what Fully Ghanaians look like. Sorry he is African and European.

cwm85 July 28, 2015 at 10:48 am

Not true. So he looks mixed. From his complexion to his facial structure, nose and lips. He looks less African than chris tucker, don chedale, forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey. They are all African-Americans who are mostly African descent and they all look more african than him. Btw Oprah and Whoopi Goldberg have no european admixture. If he was All african he would be darker with a different phenotype… look at pictures of pure africans from ghana and look at him. Big difference.

xoxo July 30, 2015 at 10:17 pm

He looks mixed to me.

Multiethnicchick May 7, 2017 at 11:51 am

you have no idea what a fully black person looks like if you think he looks black.

fuzzybear44 May 9, 2017 at 8:03 am

@Multiethnicchick

He also said he looked like an African American, which he does.I didn’t know he was half white until I came to the site. If I saw him on the street, I wouldn’t have thought twice about him

longhaired thick lightskinned gyal December 3, 2014 at 7:23 pm

Lawd this man if fine as hell, too bad his wife is ugly.

notional October 27, 2013 at 12:56 pm

he looks blacker than most black people yet he’s mixed, his dad must be freaking coal black!

andrew October 27, 2013 at 2:22 pm
WTF June 26, 2014 at 10:20 am

he looks “blacker” because is father is ghanaian, not black american. most black americans have white and native american admixture. so when a black american and a white person have a kid, the kids looks dominican or puerto rican, or they come out looking ambiguous. ghanaians are REAL black people.

Multiethnicchick May 7, 2017 at 11:49 am

Most black americans have white ancestry. The having native american ancestry is a perpetuated lie.

Marseille August 17, 2014 at 5:36 pm

Lol, this is what pure Negroids from Africa look like:

http://9worldcup.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/Ghana-National-Football-Team.jpg

So yes a lot are “coal black”, he looks African-American but African-Americans have European/NA ancestry (typical African-American 70-80% black) and some are less black than that, the guy in the OP does not look fully Sub-Saharan African, his phenotype isn’t common anywhere in Sub-Saharan Africa.

longhaired thick lightskinned gyal December 3, 2014 at 7:25 pm

Nigga he looks black because his daddy is fully African and his mom is some whiteass German woman. African-Americans are mixed from the days of slavery and some bred with Native Americans. You can always tell when someone is an American mulatto, they look HELLA different than an African mulatto.

Kimmel February 10, 2016 at 6:38 pm

It’s the eyes and the jaws.

Dogg January 30, 2016 at 8:02 am

By black people you mean African-Americans who are mixed themselves.

sarahle October 27, 2013 at 12:33 pm

Interesting mix.

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