Essandoh was born in Schenectady, New York and graduated from New Rochelle High School in 1990. He received a B.S. in chemical engineering from Cornell University. He first joined theater when he was dared to do so by a girlfriend. He is also a playwright, and authored Black Thang which is published in the anthology Plays and Playwrights 2003. He studied acting at the Acting Studio in New York City. Essandoh is the co-founder of The Defiant Ones writing and performance group.
His parents are from Ghana.
He launched a podcast, Unrelated, together with his childhood friend Chris Cecot.
|2001||The Experience Box||Daniel|
|2004||Saving Face||Jay - Neighbor|
|2005||Dawn's Early Light||James|
|2006||Blood Diamond||Commander Rambo|
|2007||Falling for Grace||Jamal|
|2010||Get Him to the Greek||Smiling African|
|2016||Jason Bourne||Craig Jeffers|
|2007||Law & Order||Andre Blair|
|2010||Law & Order: Criminal Intent||Hassan|
|2011||White Collar||Frederik Bilal|
|2011–16||Blue Bloods||Reverend Darnell Potter|
|2012–15, 2018||Elementary||Alfredo Llamosa|
|2015||Person of Interest||Ray Pratt|
|2016–present||Chicago Med||Dr. Isidore Latham|
|2018||Altered Carbon||Vernon Elliot|
|2019||The Code||Maj. Trey Ferry|
|2020||Tales from the Loop||Gaddis||Season 1 Episode 1 and 6|
|2020||Away||Kwesi Weisberg Annan|
|2018||Wolverine: The Long Night||Agent Tad Marshall|
Notes and Trivia
- His western zodiac sign is Leo and his Chinese zodiac sign is a Rat.