Who is Sinqua Walls?
Sinqua Walls is an American actor, best known for his performance as 'Daniel' in 'The Secret Life of the American Teenager.' He aspired to become an actor since childhood. However, he has been a sportsperson, too, and has played college basketball for the 'Cal Poly Pomona' and the 'University of San Francisco.' Walls made his TV and film debut at the same time, though came to be more prominent on TV. Apart from 'Daniel,' some of the other popular characters played by him are 'Jamarcus Hall' in 'Friday Night Lights,' 'Pierce' in 'Pair of Kings,' ‘Sir Lancelot’ in 'Once Upon a Time,' 'Terrance "Lil Ray" Baltimore' in 'The Breaks,’ and ‘Don Cornelius’ in 'American Soul.' He has also made a few guest appearances on TV. Walls also bagged several independent film festival awards for his performance in the dramatic short 'The Second Half.' Walls is also a published poet and a philanthropist who works for homeless people in the U.S.
Childhood & Early Life
Sinqua Walls was born on April 6, 1985, in Louisiana, U.S. After spending a few years there, his family shifted to Los Angeles, where he attended the 'El Segundo High School.'
Even though he was an athlete and played various sports in his younger days, his passion had always been acting. Walls studied and analyzed his favorite movies and plays. He was so passionate about the art that he would continue watching movies until he memorized the dialogues. Walls was just 11 when he watched the movie 'Radio Flyer' and would often recite the scenes from it. He soon decided to become an actor.
While pursuing his passion, Walls followed legendary actor, film producer, and author Michael Caine and his approach toward acting. He always carried a book titled 'How to Act in Film.'
In 2007, he joined the art program at the 'University of San Francisco' to study theater and film.
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Walls began his acting career in 2007, with the guest role of 'Desmond' in two episodes of the 'ABC Family' drama 'Lincoln Heights.' He also made a brief appearance in the short film 'Choose Connor.'
The following year, he appeared in an episode of the ‘NBC’ action–comedy/spy-drama 'Chuck,' titled 'Chuck Versus the Ex.' Walls was cast in the recurring character (in nine episodes) of 'Jamarcus Hall' in the critically acclaimed ‘NBC’ sports drama 'Friday Night Lights.'
He played 'Harlan' in the 2009 short film 'The Second Half.' The following year, he began his four-episode run (2010–2012) as 'Pierce' in the 'Disney XD' sitcom 'Pair of Kings.' Meanwhile, he appeared as 'Santos' in the short film 'From the Head' and as 'Malik Williams’ (his first lead role in a film) in the 2011 horror feature 'Shark Night 3D.'
He also appeared as 'Tom Kates' in an episode of the ‘ABC’ medical drama 'Grey's Anatomy,' titled 'Blink.' He also appeared in the ‘CBS’ crime series 'CSI: Crime Scene Investigation' (as paramedic 'Sam Rill' in the episode 'CSI Down') and played a guest role (as 'Batman Barstow') in two episodes of 'Blue Mountain State.' He was also seen in the TV movie 'Savage Country' (as 'Noah').
From 2011 to 2012, Walls played the recurring character 'Daniel' in the 'ABC Family' teen drama ‘The Secret Life of the American Teenager.' The character was introduced in the fourth season as 'Grace Bowman's (played by Megan Park) boyfriend.
One of Walls's prominent TV roles was that of ‘Sir Lancelot,’ one of the “Knights of the Round Table” found in the Arthurian legend, in six episodes (recurring role from 2012 to 2015) of the ‘ABC’ fantasy adventure–drama 'Once Upon A Time.' He reprised the role in a guest appearance in the fifth season of the series. He played the recurring character 'Vernon Boyd' (2012 to 2013) in 15 episodes of the ‘MTV’ supernatural teen drama 'Teen Wolf.'
Walls played the lead role of 'Shawn,' an amateur drug pedlar and nightclub businessman, in the 'Starz' crime drama 'Power.' His character was the son of 'Kanan' (played by 50 Cents) and also the surrogate son of Omari Hardwick's character, 'Ghost.'
Meanwhile, Walls played 'Devon Langer' in an episode of the 'USA Network' drama 'Necessary Roughness,' titled 'Swimming with Sharks,' in 2013. He also starred as 'Tyler' in the 2014 independent comedy–drama film 'Believe Me' and made a brief appearance in the 2016 short film 'Past Forward.'
In 2017, he played 'Marcus' in the seventh episode of the ‘BET’ anthology 'Tales' and the protagonist 'Terrance "Lil Ray" Baltimore' in the ‘VH1’ hip-hop drama film 'The Breaks.'
He played 'Marine' in the Clint Eastwood-directed biographical drama film 'The 15:17 to Paris,' adapted from the autobiography 'The 15:17 to Paris: The True Story of a Terrorist, a Train, and Three American Heroes.' The movie premiered on February 9, 2018.
Walls was cast as 'Matt Walker' in the 'Netflix' comedy film 'Otherhood' and currently plays American TV show host and producer Don Cornelius in the ‘BET’ drama 'American Soul.' The show features Cornelius's journey in the creation of the long-running nationally syndicated music and dance show 'Soul Train.'
Family & Personal Life
Walls is of French and Native American ethnicity.
Apart from being an actor, he is also a published poet.
Walls enjoys playing the guitar.
He also works toward helping the homeless and is actively involved in campaigns fighting hunger in America.
Walls performed all of his basketball stunts himself while playing 'Devon Langer' in 'Necessary Roughness.'