The America-born film and TV actor Ato Essandoh is famously known for his role as Matthew Freeman in a popular drama TV series ‘Copper.’ Also famous for his role as D’Artagnan in the 2012 film called ‘Django Unchained,’ he has already carved a name in the industry as an emerging talent.
Essandoh is the co-founder of the writing and performance group in The Defiant Ones.
Essandoh was born on 29th July 1972, in Schenectady, New York, United States. He was the first child of Elbow and Monica Essandoh.
His ancestry roots to Ghana. And according to Ghanaian custom, new parents have to wait for a week before giving a name to the new born baby. Hence, after seven days, ‘Baby Boy Essandoh’ became Ato Essilfi Bracato Essandoh. ‘Ato’ meaning Saturday born, ‘Essilfi’ after his grandfather, a beloved school teacher in Ghana, and finally ‘Bracato’ a designation meaning ‘warrior.’
He grew up with his two younger brothers. He belongs to African American Ethnic Group while he holds the citizenship of America.
In 1990, Ato Essandoh graduated from New Rochelle High School. Essandoh had his graduation in Chemical Engineering from Cornell University, Ithaca, New York. While he was studying Engineering, his college sweetheart once challenged him to act in a theatrical play.
Ato has always been grabbing the opportunities and collecting the experiences that have been offered to him since that fateful theatrical play at Cornell University. Essandoh debuted in Hollywood with a role in 2001 film ‘The Experience Box.’ He also appeared in ‘The Accident’ in the same year of his acting debut. Essandoh then starred in an American comedy-drama film ‘Roger Dodger’ in 2002.
In 2004, Essandoh was featured in several films which include two American romantic comedy-drama films, ‘Garden State’ and ‘Saving Face.’ He also starred in ‘Salome’ as King Herod in the same year. Ato showed his acting skills to the audience in three different films, ‘Hitch,’ ‘Prime’ and ‘Dawn’s Early Light’ in 2005. He also had a presence in critically acclaimed film ‘Blood Diamond’ as Commander Rambo.
Essandoh has always managed to accumulate a wide and diverse range of roles proving himself to be a sought after emerging talent. He had his break-out role in 2012 as Matthew Freeman, the brilliant Civil War doctor of BBC America’s gritty crime series ‘Copper.’ He also had recurring roles on hit shows like HBO’s ‘Girls’ and CBS’ ‘Elementary’ and ‘Blue Bloods.’ In 2012, he played the character of D’Artagnan in ‘Django Unchained’ which made a lifetime box office collection of $425.4 million.
Over the journey of his acting career, he has worked with legendary directors such as Edward Zwick, Quentin Tarantino, and Martin Scorcese.
Birthdate July 29, 1972
Birth Place United States of America
Mother’s Name Monica Essandoh
Father’s Name Ebow Essandoh
Education Cornell University
Birth City Schenectady, New York
Net Worth $2 Million
Ato Essandoh is a very active user of social media. He joined Twitter in February 2009 and has more than 25 thousand followers with around 7,182 tweets till now. He has more than 6,700 followers in his Instagram Page with more than 730 posts updated.
RELATIONSHIPS AND MARRIAGE
Ato prefers to live a low profile life. He was reported to have been in a relationship during his college times. Both of them were chemical engineering students. Since then, his love life news has never reached to the public.
He is unmarried and is probably single. In a recent interview, he revealed that he is looking for his princess beauty to make him committed and who is also a soul-mate. In short, a girl who is simple, yet organized.
Ato has been in more than 20 feature films over his acting life and in the mean time has accumulated a lot of wealth. He is estimated to have a total net worth of around $2 million.