Bolaji Badejo Biography

Biography by Published on Updated on 30 Jul, 2019
Facts of Bolaji Badejo
Date of Birth: 1953 , August-23
Age: 67 years old
Birth Nation: Nigeria
Height: 7 Feet 2 Inch
Name Bolaji Badejo
Father Erasmus Victor Badejo
Mother Elizabeth Badejo
Nationality Nigerian
Birth Place/City Lagos, Nigeria
Ethnicity Mixed
Profession Actor
Affair with Yinka
Boyfriend Yinka
Children Two
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Bolaji Badejo is a late Nigerian visual artist and actor. He came in the limelight and gained massive fame after his role in legendary director Ridley Scott's 1979 movie Allien. He portrayed the title creature which was long and angular, with an impossible frame and touring height. He had no training or experience as an actor before it, but his considerable height made him ideal for the part. 

Early Life, Bio, And Education

Bolaji Badejo was born on August 23, 1953, in Lagos, Nigeria. She belonged to Nigerian nationality and ethnicity wise; he was of Yoruba descent. He was the son of Erasmus Victor Badejo (father) and Elizabeth Badejo (mother).

His mother was a welfare administrator and one-time business owner while his father was a Senior Broadcasting Officer. Badejo has six siblings, five brothers; Posi, Boyega, Akin, Bolaji, Deji, and a sister Debo

Badejo did his schooling from his native state but later moved to the United States. He eventually made his way to London and decided to pursue an education in graphic design further. 

Professional Career And Wiki 

In early 1978, Bolaji Badejo was discovered by casting director Peter Archer in a bar who was scouting for someone suitably tall and thin to play the titular creature in a 1979 horror film Alien. He had no training or experience as an actor before it, but his considerable height made him ideal for the character.

 The movie also featured Tom Skerritt, Sigourney Weaver, Veronica Cartwright, Harry Dean Stanton, and John Hurt. Despite his breakout role in the film, the actor never returned for the Allien sequels.  

CAPTION: The late actor Bolaji Badejo SOURCE: CNN.com

In the year 1980, Bolaji returned to Nigeria to join his uncle, the well-known sculptor, artist, designer, and publisher Omotayo Aiyegbusi. He later started running his own art gallery in 1983. 

Net Worth And Earnings 

There is nothing disclosed about his net worth. Bolaji Badejo played a major role in science fiction horror movie Alien which grossed a huge box office collection racking up over $203 million worldwide. Only one movie had been credited to his name.

Personal Life; Married, Children, And Girlfriend

Bolaji Badejo was never married but was in a relationship with his girlfriend, Yinka. Badejo first met to Yinka while he was living around London. The couple also has two children, Bibi and Yinka.  

Yinka herself explained about their first meeting,  

I was introduced to Bolaji by a mutual friend in the summer of 1976 in London.

Badejo's touring height, dark, striking and handsome man made an immediate impression. The two were together until his death in 1992. 

Cause of Death, Grave

Bolaji Badejo passed away on December 22, 1992, at the age of 39, in Ebute Metta, Lagos. He died of sickle cell anemia. His youngest brother was also a victim of sickle cell anemia, in 1983. It is not revealed where his body was buried. 

Bolaji Badejo's Height: He had a very tall height of 7 feet 2 inches. 

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