Eamonn Walker stars as Battalion Chief Wallace Boden, a fireman's fireman who is confronted by important personal decisions, in NBC's drama "Chicago Fire."
Walker is a talented, compelling performer known for his depth, integrity and ability to give life to the most layered of characters. He credits Sidney Poitier's performance in "In the Heat of the Night" as the inspiration that led him to become an actor.
Born in London, he is perhaps best known in the United States for his portrayal of Kareem Said, the Muslim leader on the critically acclaimed series "Oz." His work on this show earned him a Golden Satellite nomination and a Cable Ace Award for Best Actor in a Dramatic Series.
His numerous television credits include the NBC series "Kings" where he garnered rave reviews, the Jerry Bruckheimer series "Justice," "The Whole Truth," also for Bruckheimer, "The Governor," and the BBC's "Bonekickers" and "Moses Jones." Other credits include the telefilms "Whitewash: The Clarence Brandley Story" written by Abby Mann and "Homicide: Life Everlasting," as well as the miniseries "Supply and Demand" and a special arc on the critically acclaimed series "Lights Out."
On the big screen, Walker recently completed a starring role opposite Melissa George in the suspenseful Scottish feature "A Lonely Place to Die" and co-starred in the psychological thriller "Legacy," opposite Idris Elba. Walker received standout notices for his performance as Howlin' Wolf in "Cadillac Records," opposite Adrien Brody, Jeffrey Wright, Mos Def and Beyonce Knowles. He also has given memorable performances in such films as "The Messenger" opposite Ben Foster, Woody Harrelson and Samantha Morton, "Lord of War," opposite Nicolas Cage and Ethan Hawke, Carroll Ballard's critically-acclaimed film "Duma," "Tears of the Sun," opposite Bruce Willis, Laurence Fishburne's "Once in the Life," and M. Night Shyamalan's "Unbreakable."
In 2005, Walker made his Broadway debut as Marc Antony alongside Denzel Washington and Colm Feore in "Julius Caesar" at the Belasco Theatre. He recently performed to standing-room-only audiences and great critical acclaim as the first Black actor to portray Othello at the historic Old Globe Theatre in London.
Walker founded the Flipside Theatre Company in London and co-starred in their production of "Danny and the Deep Blue Sea." He also appeared in plays on such venerable stages as the Citizens Theatre, the Royal Exchange and the Hampstead Theatre.
Walker resides in both Los Angeles and London.