Everyone remembers his emotional portrayal of Simon Adebsi on HBO's Oz, probably one of the finer ensemble dramas on recent television. Walé was born in London and was raised there and in Nigeria; moved to Milan in his mid-20s and became a successful model. (What is it with Nigerian male models?) The above photos were lensed by famed fashion photographer Steve Landis for his series Walé and the Boys. The actor credits these images with his initial breakthrough in Hollywood.