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Hollywood based Kenyan actor, collapses and dies on stage

November 6th, 2016 1 min read

A Hollywood-based Kenyan actor has passed on. Odera Owiso collapsed on Friday while rehearsing on stage in Kentucky, USA.

The actor had flown from Los Angeles Santa Monica where he lives. Efforts to resuscitate him failed and he was pronounced dead a few minutes later.

Owiso had spent the last week acting on location in Washington DC in a new film Measure Plus Dido.

Born to Kenyan parents in Khartoum, Sudan and raised in Nairobi, Kenya, Owiso Odera is a Los Angeles based actor whose television credits include Blue Bloods Numb3rs, The Unit, Flash Forward.


Fans of the The Originals will remember him as Baba Tunde.

The 43 year old Owiso is the son of prominent scholar Prof Odera Oruko. He went to the US after completing his studies at St Mary’s School.

Owiso received his training at The Acting Studio in New York and a Master of Fine Arts in Acting from the University of California San Diego (UCSD).

He was the first recipient of the Princess Grace Foundation George C. Wolfe Theatre Award in 2004.

He is survived by his wife Nicole and siblings Roney, Sheilla, Sharon, Milly and Peter.