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Nigerian-American actor Nyambi Nyambi Sooner born and bred

Actor Nyambi Nyambi of CBS's “Mike and Molly” says he is Sooner born, Sooner bred and when he dies, he'll be Sooner dead.
by Heather Warlick Published: May 7, 2012

Nyambi decided to pursue his newfound passion at NYU. There, he studied classical acting techniques and found success on the stage, sharing billings with Al Pacino in the “The Merchant of Venice” and Mandy Patinkin in “The Tempest.”

Even though he was broke — “really broke” — Nyambi remembers his life right after graduating, living in New York City as a struggling actor, as a time of great joy.

“I knew something great was going to happen and that this situation I was in was just a season,” he said.

Sure enough, a string of good luck landed Nyambi in L.A., with a comfortable role in “Mike and Molly,” the first sitcom he ever auditioned for.

In the show, Nyambi acts alongside Emmy Award winner Melissa McCarthy and comedian Billy Gardell who play the lead characters, Molly Flynn and Officer Mike Gibbs.

In “Mike and Molly,” Nyambi plays “Samuel,” a waiter in the diner that Gardell's character frequents.

Though his current job is a departure from serious theater, Nyambi said he loves making people laugh — especially producer Chuck Lorre.

“Chuck has this very unique laugh. It's every laugh you've ever heard, put into one man,” he said, remembering the first time he heard that laugh during his screen test for the show.

“It was just amazing. I wanted more. What happens if I do this? There's that laugh again. What if I do that? There's that laugh.”

Fifteen minutes after his screen test, Nyambi said he got a call saying he'd landed the job.

That was two years ago. Today, Nyambi lives in L.A., loves his job and knows he “hit the jackpot” with his career.

The second season of “Mike and Molly” winds down in mid-May with the title characters' wedding episode.

The show airs at 8:30 p.m. on CBS and has been renewed for a third season.

Nyambi looks forward to continuing his acting career with a goal of one day opening his own production company. And he plans to visit Oklahoma as often as possible to see his Sooners play.

by Heather Warlick
Life & Style Editor
Since graduating from University of Central Oklahoma with a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism, Staff Writer Heather Warlick has written stories for The Oklahoman's Life section. Her beats have included science, health, home and garden, family,...
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I like to say I'm Sooner-born, Sooner-bred and when I die,

I'll be Sooner-dead.”

Nyambi Nyambi

“Mike and Molly” actor and native

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