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Boris Kodjoe, from tennis star to action star

Updated: September 22, 2010, 10:01 AM ET
By Kelley L. Carter

It's no coincidence that Boris Kodjoe, 37, plays athletes in almost every role that he takes on.

A former athlete himself, Kodjoe -- he grew up in Vienna, Austria -- came to the United States in the '90s on a tennis scholarship at Virginia Commonwealth University. Back then, he didn't speak a word of English, and learned the language on the tennis courts. A four year letterman with 75 career singles wins on the men's tennis team, he wasn't too shabby.

Still, ...

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