Nigél Thatch stars in GODFATHER OF HARLEM as “Malcolm X,” a former Harlem hustler who becomes the prime spokesman for the Nation of Islam and a world-wide icon. His fierce advocacy of eye-for-an-eye violence against white oppression has made him a lightning rod in the civil rights movement, loved by some, hated by many. His former street mentor Bumpy Johnson will become his closest friend, confidant and protector against a score of enemies.
Nigél Thatch was born in St. Louis, Missouri and raised in East St. Louis, Illinois. Nigél has become a recognizable face by way of numerous film and television roles. Most recently, Nigél played Colonel Robert Haskins, commander of the Shadow Raiders, in The CW’s conspiracy thriller ‘Valor’. Nigél also played Willie Johnson in the NBC hit series ‘American Dreams’ – This was a role that led to Nigél winning the role of Malcolm X in the Academy Award Nominated Feature Film ‘Selma’, where he received critical acclaim.
In addition, Nigél became a familiar face to the sports world by way of his Budweiser campaign where he played the cocky, self-centered, egotistical, multi-sport athlete $Leon$, whose motto was, “Leon ain’t playin’, unless somebody’s payin’.” Nigél also played minor league baseball for Chicago’s Schaumburg Flyers where he was a pitcher for the team. In Nigél’s professional debut against the Saint Paul Saints, he struck out the first batter he faced on three pitches.