Okieriete “Oak” Onaodowan was born on 16 August, 1987. He is a Nigerian-American actor. Onaodowan grew up in West Orange, New Jersey and graduated from West Orange High School in 2005. He briefly played football at West Orange High School but stopped after an injury during practice. Oak is mainly known for originating the roles of Hercules Mulligan and James Madison in the 2015 musical Hamilton.
Okieriete previously had roles in Rocky the Musical and Cyrano de Bergerac on Broadway and was in the ensemble of the first national tour of American Idiot. His screen credits include i in Thanks for Sharing, and roles in Gravity and Blue Bloods, He had the leading role in Young Jean Lee’s 2009 play, The Shipment and played the title role in J.C. Lee’s, Luce and many others.