Aqeel Ash-Shakoor Joins The Cast Of LEO
Aqeel Taahir Ash-Shakoor was born in Murfreesboro, NC and relocated to Michigan in 2013.
Aqeel graduated from Murfreesboro High School, where he played baseball, basketball, and
football. After high school, he joined the United States Marine Corps and continued playing
football as a Strong Safety for three years of his Marine Corps career. Aqeel served as a United
States Marine Security Guard at the US Embassies of Bonn, Germany; Havana, Cuba US Interest
Section; and the US Embassy Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He honorable discharged from the United
States Marine Corps as a Gulf War Veteran at the rank of Staff Sergeant. He is an active member
of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
Aqeel’s first acting role was in 2010, when he played lead as Jesus Christ, in a church play titled,
“I’ll Rise Again,” at the C.S. Brown Cultural Arts Center located in Winton, NC. In April 2015,
Aqeel landed his first commercial in a principal role from his own self submitting. In May of
2015, Aqeel landed his first ever modeling job with the well-known Mid-West Fashion show,
“Walk Fashion Show.” Since then, Aqeel has filmed numerous local and national commercials,
feature films and short films. He has also co-starred on Chicago Med and been featured on
shows, Chicago Med and The Chi.
In 2019, Aqeel landed his first two lead role feature films, “Turn of The Cheek” a faith-based
film aimed at forgiveness, released on Amazon Prime 2020. His follow up lead role is in “Cain
and Abel” an upbeat edgy drama set for to be released in 2021.
Aqeel has been cast as a lead actor Captain David Snyder in the new police tv drama series, “The
Thin Blue Line,” based in Columbus, Ohio. Wrapping up 2020, He has been cast in a supporting
role in the new tv series, “Smokin’ Good,” as Michael Winston, Detroit, MI; supporting role as
Detective Byrons in the feature film, “Tina -N- Lori;” and in a supporting role to round off 2020
as Robert Brown in the 2021, “He Played Me.”
Since his elementary years, Aqeel was an inspiring hip hop emcee, who in his later years moved
into music production, which he still delves in today, under the producer name “Phantom Barz.”