Sunjata is best known for his portrayal of firefighter Franco Rivera in the critically acclaimed series Rescue Me, opposite Denis Leary for seven seasons. In 2006, Sunjata portrayed fashion designer James Holt in the film adaptation of the best-selling novel The Devil Wears Prada, starring Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway, and in the romantic comedy Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, alongside Jennifer Garner and Matthew McConaughey.
Sunjata's additional film credits include Bad Company, which starred Anthony Hopkins and Chris Rock, the 2004 Woody Allen film Melinda Melinda, opposite Will Ferrell and Noel, starring Penelope Cruz and Susan Sarandon. Sunjata garnered rave reviews for his portrayal of Langston Hughes in the 2004 Rodney Evans film Brother to Brother, as well as legendary baseball player Reggie Jackson in the TV series The Bronx is Burning. Sunjata's other television credits include notable appearances on Love Monkey, Law & Order, Law & Order: SVU, Sex and the City, the film The Feast of All Saints, and a starring role alongside Andie MacDowell in At Risk and The Front – two movies adapted from the novels of America's #1 best-selling crime writer Patricia Cornwell.
Sunjata's repertoire is not only limited to film and television. He was nominated for a Tony award for his role as Darren Lemming in Take Me Out, the 2003 Tony Award-winning play by Richard Greenberg. He has also appeared in Henry VIII at the New York Shakespeare Festival, Twelfth Night at the Guthrie Theater and Cyrano de Bergerac, opposite Kevin Klein, at the Richard Rodgers Theatre. Sunjata was also named one of People Magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People in 2003.
Born in Evanston, Illinois, Sunjata was raised in Chicago and graduated from Mount Carmel High School. He did his undergraduate studies at Florida A&M University and the University of Southwestern Louisiana, and received his Master's degree in Fine Arts from New York University.
Sunjata has also starred opposite Katherine Heigl in One for the Money, in the independent drama Gone, opposite Amanda Seyfriend, and in the massive blockbuster hit The Dark Knight Rises, opposite Christian Bale and Anne Hathaway. He also starred in 2014's Lullaby, alongside Amy Adams and Terrence Howard.
More recently, Sunjata is known for his portrayal as an FBI Agent Paul Briggs on USA Network's hit hour-long drama series Graceland.
Sunjata currently resides in Los Angeles.