Attention New Yorkers. Take a close look at Michael DenDekker. Does he look familiar? You might know him as a prominent face in New York City politics. He’s currently the Assemblyman for Assembly District 34 in Queens (Jackson Heights, East Elmhurst and Woodside). But if you look DenDekker up on IMDB, you’ll see his name listed as an actor in major studio films like Inside Man, Miracle at St. Anna, American Gangster, The Happening and Meet Dave.
Before DenDekker got into local politics, he was very involved in community theater and acting and had the opportunity to share the silver screen with A-list actors like Mark Wahlberg, Denzel Washington and Jodie Foster. His last movie project was Michael A. Pinckney‘s forthcoming film “You’re Nobody ‘Til Somebody Kills You,” executive produced by Spike Lee. In the film DenDekker plays a reporter.
How did DenDekker juggle both his Assemblyman and acting gigs? The majority of “You’re Nobody ‘Til Somebody Kills You” was actually filmed in 2007, well before DenDekker took office. The film premieres later this month on September 23 at the Williamsberg International Film Festival (WILLiFEST).
If DenDekker get tired of politics, we have an idea on what to title his next film project: “You’re Nobody ’til You’re An Assemblyman”