Jacky Ido stars as Leo Romba in the NBC series "Taxi Brooklyn."
"Taxi Brooklyn" is the latest English-language role for the Paris-based actor who was seen in Quentin Tarantino's "Inglorious Basterds," playing a cinematographer who executes Adolf Hitler and the upper echelons of the Nazi party. The 36-year-old actor won a plethora of acting awards as part of the ensemble for "Inglorious Basterds," including the Screen Actors Guild Award for outstanding cast in a motion picture.
Born in the African country of Burkina Faso, Ido has excelled in leading man roles throughout the world, whether they be in French, English or German. He will next be seen in "Salaud, on t'aime," directed by legendary French auteur Claude Lelouch, with whom Ido worked in 2010 on "What Love May Bring (Ces Amours-la)."
In March, Ido co-starred in the German release of Christian Schwochow's "Westen (West)." Based on Julia Franck's novel "Lagerfeuer" and set before the fall of the Berlin Wall, the film details the travails and suspicions that follow a woman when she escapes from East Germany in the late 1970s.
Also on the horizon, Ido is the romantic lead in Nefertite Nguvu's Brooklyn-set relationship drama "In the Morning."
Ido first made his mark as a Slam musician. Under the pseudonym John Pucc'Chocolat, he appeared on Grand Corps Malade's 2006 best-selling album "Midi 20." They played a sell-out stadium tour throughout France and to 60,000 at Les Vieilles Charrues Festival.
But it was as an actor that Ido gained international recognition. His first role saw him star opposite Nina Hoss in "The White Massai (Die weiße Massai)," directed by Hermine Huntgeburth and adapted from the novel by Corinne Hoffman. Ido wowed as a Maasai warrior with whom a German tourist falls in love.
In 2012, Ido appeared in "Lockout," opposite Guy Pearce and Maggie Grace. "Lockout" was based on an idea originally conceived by "Taxi" director Luc Besson.
Ido reunited with Huntgeburth in 2013 in "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn," where Ido played Jim, who befriends Huck Finn while on the run from slave owners.