04/13/2015 09:44 am ET Updated Apr 13, 2015

Ger Duany: ‘As An Actor, I Share My Life Story With Other Kids Who Are Struggling'

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Ger Duany was born in 1978 in what is now South Sudan. Displaced by the civil war, he was forced to become a child soldier, eventually finding refuge in Ethiopia and Kenya and emigrating to the United States in 1994. He was cast as a refugee in 2004’s I Heart Huckabees by director David O Russell, who wanted someone with first-hand experience to play the part. An accomplished basketball player, he has worked as an actor and model ever since, and is about to star alongside Reese Witherspoon, Arnold Oceng and Emmanuel Jal in The Good Lie.

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