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Souléymane Sy Savané stars in "Machine Gun Preacher," opposite Gerard Butler, Michelle Monaghan and Michael Shannon, as Deng.

Souléymane Sy Savané was born on Africa's Ivory Coast and raised in both Paris and West Africa. He won a modeling contest in the mid '90s and soon became a regular face at Paris Fashion Week, working with such legends as Jean Paul Gaultier, Dries Van Noten and Kenzo Takada.

In 2009, Sy Savane landed his first feature film role as the lead in Ramin Bahrani's critically acclaimed "Goodbye Solo." He was nominated for Best Actor by the Independent Spirit Awards and Best Breakthrough Performance by the Gotham Awards. Sy Savane followed this success with a supporting turn opposite Glenn Close and Rose Byrne on the Emmy Award-winning FX Networks series "Damages."


Birthplace: Ivory Coast
Hometown: West Africa and Paris, France

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