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Akili McDowell

Actor "David," David Makes Man

Akili McDowell is an American actor born Akili Johnre AnyikaMcDowell on December 30, 2002, in San Francisco, CA. He began acting at the age of 9 years old, starring in both local and national commercials before landing his first major network credit as Zavier Gibbs in ABC’s The Astronaut Wives Club. Most recently, Akili has played the titular lead role in OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network’s “David Makes Man” which has a second season order; and he can be seen in the fifth season of the hit Showtime series, “Billions,” with a recurring role. Akili currently resides in Houston, TX with his family. In his free time, he enjoys football, track, baseball, and basketball.


Speaking on: Master Class: David Makes Man

At the Banff Media Festival, we met with Netflix and took a ride up Sulphur Mountain on the gondola. That’s where we made the pitch.
- Naveen Prasad, EVP and GM, Elevation Pictures

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