*One of black Hollywood’s biggest heartthrobs is actor Boris Kodjoe.

And while he may not have the career of others like Denzel Washington or Idris Elba, he has accomplished in his short time aside from being a heartthrob.


But, aside from his marriage to Ari Nicole Parker, many don’t know much more about the former model.

Here are 8 things you didn’t know about Boris Kodjoe:

Read more at Essence:

1. Boris Kodjoe, 31, was born in Vienna, Austria to a German mother and Ghanaian father. After becoming one of the best tennis players in the country, he accepted a tennis scholarship to Virginia Commonwealth University in 1992. He earned a degree in marketing in 1996.

2. Kodjoe’s career skyrocketed after he became a model for Ralph Lauren, where he booked 12 campaigns in his first seven months as a model.

Read the rest of the list at Essence.