Born on 12 August, 1957 in Abidjan to a Yoruba parents is the person of Isaach Be Bankolé. His grandparents are from Nigeria. He studied Acting at Course Simon and earned an M.A. from the University of Paris. Bankolé has appeared in over fifty films, including Jim Jarmusch’s Night on Earth, Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai, Coffee & Cigarettes and The Limits of Control. He has been based in the United States since 1997. He appeared in the movie Machetero, for the role of journalist interviewing an imprisoned Puerto Rican revolutionary, along with the members of the New York City-based punk band Ricanstruction.
Isaac has also appeared in Lars von Trier’s Manderlay. He portrayed Steven Obanno, a terrorist, in the 2006 James Bond film Casino Royale, and “The Lone Man“, an assassin in Jim Jarmusch’s film, The Limits of Control.