Sam Dede (Full Name: Samuel Dedetoku, born on 17th November 1965) is a veteran Nollywood actor, lecturer, politician, and movie director.
The 57-year-old star started his career in the Nigerian movie industry as early as 1995. He became well-known after playing a role in the epic movie Ijele. Since then, he has starred in hundreds of movies, won several awards for his roles, and started directing movies as well.
In addition to his acting career, Sam Dede is also a lecturer at the University of Port Harcourt. He is also involved in politics and has, in recent times, combined acting with directing and production of movies. Besides acting, he also has a beautiful wife with whom he has four children. Although there are some truths we don’t know about this veteran Nollywood actor, here are some intriguing things we know about him.
Sam Dede Hails From Rivers State, Nigeria
The famous Nollywood star was born on 17th November 1965 and is currently 57 years old. He was born in Lagos State Nigeria to his parents Pa Dede and Elsie Iyeng Inabaibo Abel Dede, who are from Ogbodo in Okirika Local Government Area of Rivers State, Nigeria.
There isn’t much information on Dede’s parents and the kind of childhood he had. From the information we have, it can be deduced that he had a good childhood, was well-trained, and has a good educational background.
He is an Alumnus of the University of Port Harcourt
The Nollywood Star grew up in Lagos State and had the bulk of his education there. His early and secondary school education happened in Laos State. For his university education, Sam moved to his state of origin. He studied Theatre Arts and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Port Harcourt (Uniport).
Not done, Sam went ahead to bag a Master’s degree from the same university. In addition, his love for education and acting pushed him to become a lecturer; he now lectures at the University of Port Harcourt, his alma mater.
Actor Sam Dede Has a Career in Acting
Dede is one of the earliest actors the Nigerian movie industry ever saw. Putting his ideas to good use after graduating from the university, he entered the Nigerian movie industry where his talent lies. He started acting in 1995 and starred in a good number of movies.
The blockbuster movies Igodo and Ijele brought him to the limelight in the industry. Since then, he has starred in over 200 Nigerian movies and has directed and produced many more movies and TV shows. Recently, he goes all out for action movies and he directs most of them.
The veteran Nollywood actor has starred alongside other prominent actors like Genevieve Nnaji, Olu Jacobs, and Eucharia Anunobi, among many others. During his very active days as an actor in the industry, Sam starred in movies with some of the students who graduated through him. Some of them include the popular actor Yul Edochie.
List of Sam Dede’s Movies and TV Shows
Having spent over 20 years in the Nigerian movie industry, Sam has starred in over 200 movies and TV shows, some of which he directed. Here’s a list of some of the movies he starred in over the years.
- Blood Money – 1997
- Igodo – 1999
- Ijele – 2000
- Issakaba – 2000
- The Last Burial – 2000
- The Mayors – 2004
- Bumper to Bumper
- The Legend of Inikpi – 2020
- Our Jesus Story – 2020
- Ashes to Ashes
- Blood and Oil
- The Return of Bakassi Boys – 2022
- The Last Dictator – 2022
- Mission to Nowhere
- Never Die for Love
- Executive Assassin – 2022
- The Partition – 2022
Has He Retired From Acting?
Not yet. Sam Dede has not retired from acting and is not planning on retiring anytime soon. He is still in the business full-time. Dede is not only an actor but also a director and producer. Whenever he is not acting, then he is behind the scenes directing those movies we enjoy.
However, there are some recent movies he starred in and many others he has directed, including Brotherhood. Sam has featured in and directed a good number of movies in 2022 and is still making more movies.
Besides Acting, Sam Also Has a Career in Other Things
As we have mentioned earlier, Dede is not just an actor, he is also a movie maker, a lecturer, and a politician. As a lecturer, he lectures the students of Theater and Film Studies at the University of Port Harcourt. He loves and lives acting.
He has been given political appointments, which he served for some time, but he swore never to leave acting for politics. With his students and colleagues in Nollywood, Sam creates beautiful and well-directed content. All these are the side hustles that keep the Nollywood star busy when he is not acting.
In Addition to His Career, Sam Dede Also Has a Successful Home
Sam Dede got married to his wife Tammy Sam-Dede in 2001 and his marriage has been successful and free of any rumors and scandals. The union is blessed with four children; three boys and a girl. Although he is a celebrity, Dede’s wife and children have been kept away from the spotlight by the actor.
The names of his children, the schools they attend and their social lives are hidden from the public. This may also be the reason there has not been any rumors about his family.
The actor does not mix his career with his family and as such, his fame does not prevent his children and wife from living their own lives. Whatever the case, one can be rest assured that his family is doing just fine and his children are getting the right education they deserve.
Is Sam Dede Dead or Alive?
Actor Sam Dede is not dead, he is alive and well. Some mistake him to be Dede One Day who died in 2018. Dede One Day was a comedian and actor who collapsed and died while performing on stage in Aba.
The two actors are not related in any way; Sam Dede is from Rivers State while Dede One Day was from Imo State, Nigeria. Sam Dede stars in all roles, especially serious ones, while Dede One Day was featured mainly in comic movies.