Dayo Okeniyi: Personality Profile

Dayo Okeniyi: Personality Profile

Oladayo A. Okeniyi (born June 14, 1988) is a Nigerian-American actor, popularly known for playing the role of Thresh in The Hunger Games and Danny Dyson in Terminator Genisys.

Dayo Okeniyi

Life and career

Dayo was born in Jos and grew up in Lagos, Nigeria, and has four siblings. His father is a retired customs officer from Nigeria, and his mother is a literature teacher from Kenya. In 2003, he moved with his family to Indiana, United States, from Nigeria and later moved to California. He earned a bachelor’s degree in visual communications at Anderson University (Indiana) in 2009.

Prior to being cast in The Hunger Games, Okeniyi worked in local theatre and in film shorts. Okeniyi starred 2014 in the drama film Endless Love, also portrayed Danny Dyson in the 2015 film Terminator Genisys and starred in the NBC series Shades of Blue.


Year Film Role Notes
2011 Eyes to See Unknown role Short film
2011 Lions Among Men Tau Short film
2012 The Hunger Games Thresh
2012 The World Is Watching: Making the Hunger Games Himself
2013 The Spectacular Now Marcus
2013 Runner, Runner Perdeep
2013 Cavemen Andre
2013 Revolution Alec TV show
2014 Endless Love Mace
2015 Terminator Genisys Danny Dyson
2016 Good Kids Conch
2016–2018 Shades of Blue Michael Loman Series regular
2020 Run Sweetheart Run Post-production