Q: Who was the actor who played the deposed dictator in "The Bourne Identity" (one of my favorite movies)? I'm sure I recognize him from something.

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Adam Thomlison / TV Media

You almost certainly do. Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje has been involved in some enormous film and TV projects over the past few years.

He was already on the Hollywood map before appearing in 2002's "The Bourne Identity," in the relatively small but demanding role of a deposed dictator trying to shake down the CIA (communicated through a series of wild-eyed, tooth-gnashing monologues).

Prior to that, he had won a couple of awards playing Simon Adebisi on HBO's awards-magnet series "Oz." He had also appeared in a couple of films that, though less prestigious, brought in a whole lot of cash: 1995's "Congo" and "Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls" and 2001's "The Mummy Returns."

Not surprisingly for an actor with that kind of range, he's been pretty busy ever since, and in plenty more high-profile stuff.

On TV, he had a 28-episode run in seasons 2 and 3 of "Lost" as Mr. Eko, and did two episodes as the slave ship captain Malko in the fifth season of "Game of Thrones."

On the big screen, he recently appeared as Killer Croc in the mega-hit comic book flick "Suicide Squad" (2016) and in a smaller role in the equally large comic book movie "Thor: The Dark World" (2013). Under less makeup (but still some makeup), he played Heavy Duty in 2009's "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra."

Basically, he's one of Hollywood's go-to guys when they need big impact, high intensity and a guy who won't get lost amid a huge cast (and, occasionally, a huge costume).


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