Akili McDowell is a Houston-based American actor. He debuted on-screen aged nine and has made a litany of appearances on the big screen and the small screens. His most notable roles came in the drama series The Astronaut Wives Club.
His most recent role is also his biggest and his most acclaimed; he plays the lead character in the American coming-of-age drama series, David Makes Man on OWN. The first season premiered on August 14, 2019, to overwhelming critical acclaim; a second series has since been announced.
Akili McDowell plays the lead character, David, in the American coming-of-age-drama series, David Makes Man.
The series is centered around a high-school student who tries to balance the two realities in his life: the fact that he is a student of an elite, affluent school while being the child of an impoverished family from a poor neighborhood.
Akili is a child prodigy, and in his relatively-short run as an actor, he has been showered with critical acclaim that is befitting of someone much older and with far greater experience.
Born on December 30, 2002, Aliki, whose birth name is Akili Johnre Anyika McDowell, just turned 17 a couple of months ago.
But in his seventeen years, he has racked up an impressive résumé of movie and television credits.
While McDowell would make his official on-screen debut a year prior in the short movie, It's Not About Me; he would breakthrough into the industry with his stint as Zavier Gibbs in two episodes of the drama series, The Astronaut Wives Club.
He was part of two 2015 episodes of the show, titled "Retroattitude" and "Protocol."
Like his budding acting career, McDowell is also making his presence felt on social media.
He is on Twitter, and under the handle @AkiliMcDowel, he has 1,099 followers. Likewise, he is also on Instagram. Under the handle @akilimcdowell, he has amassed a following of 11.8k followers.
With the trajectory his career is headed, his fame is simultaneously expected to skyrocket along with his social media presence.
On IMDb, McDowell has been credited in 9 titles across the movies and television. Most of his work is credited in short movies. He debuted in 2013 in the short movie It's Not About Me and since has appeared in short movies like Red Pearl.
He is also part of the upcoming short movie projects like The Halloween Club and Athan & Sarah.
Akili played a Young George Washington Carver in the action-drama TV series Chase the Lion.
As of March 2020, Akili is estimated to be worth $150k. The 17-year-old might not have many titles to his credit, but his body of work speaks for itself.
He made his name in short movies but is slowly digging his heels into full-length feature films and TV series.
He plays the titular character, David, in the drama series David Makes Man. Coming off of a highly successful first season, the series will return for its sophomore season sometime this year.