Prolific character actor Isiah Whitlock Jr. worked with everyone from Martin Scorsese to Woody Allen to Spike Lee during his gradual career ascent but first caught the public's attention when he was c...
South Bend, Indiana, USA
|Chaos||2010 2009 - 2010||Actor||Warren||20107|
|A Nick in Time||2006||Actor||Old Bob Delagard||20067|
|The Wire||2007 2000 - 2007||Actor||Senator R. Clayton Davis||20077|
|The Good Wife||2013 2008 - 2013||Actor||Ira Protopapas||20137|
|Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||2013 1998 - 2013||Actor||n/a||20137|
|NYPD Blue||2004 1992 - 2004||Actor||n/a||20047|
|The Unusuals||2008 2007 - 2008||Actor||Captain Leslie Morgan||20087|
|Slavery and the Making of America||2004 2003 - 2004||Voice||Minister||20046|
|Gun Hill Road||2011||Actor||Officer Thompson||20117|
|New Amsterdam||2007 2006 - 2007||Actor||Joe Williams||20077|
|Cedar Rapids||2011||Actor||Ronald Wilkes||20117|
|Kettle of Fish||2006||Actor||Freddie||20067|
|Veep||2013 2010 - 2013||Actor||George Maddox||20137|
|Jump Tomorrow||2001||Actor||George's Uncle||20017|
|Why Stop Now?||2012||Actor||Black||20127|
|Onion SportsDome||2010 2009 - 2010||Actor||Wally Wright||20107|
|Law & Order: Criminal Intent||2010 2000 - 2010||Actor||Crime Scene Detective||20107|
|WW3||2000 1999 - 2000||Actor||n/a||20007|
|Lucky 7||Actor||Bob Harris||7|
|Not Fade Away||2012||Actor||Landers||20127|
|Smash||2012 2010 - 2012||Actor||n/a||20127|
|Europa Report||2014||Actor||Dr. Pamuk||20147|
|Thanks For Sharing||2013||Actor||Charles||20137|
|25th Hour||2002||Actor||Agent Flood||20027|
|Human Giant||2007 2005 - 2007||Actor||Featured Player||20077|
|Pieces of April||2003||Actor||Eugene||20037|
|The Jury||2004 2003 - 2004||Actor||Abbott Truman||20047|
|Wonderland||1999 1998 - 1999||Actor||Dr Mahyuddin||19997|
|The Wire Odyssey||2007 2006 - 2007||Actor||Interviewee||20077|
|I Hate Valentine's Day||2009||Actor||Drummer||20097|
|Red Hook Summer||2012||Actor||Detective Flood||20127|
|She Hate Me||2004||Actor||Agent Flood||20047|
|Chappelle's Show||2005 2001 - 2005||Actor||("Tyrone's Intervention")||20057|
|Third Watch||2004 1998 - 2004||Actor||Reggie Simmons||20047|
|Everyone Says I Love You||1996||Actor||Cop||19967|
|The Spanish Prisoner||1998||Actor||Trooper||19987|
|Madigan Men||2000 1999 - 2000||Actor||Airport Guard||20007|
|Here and Now||1992 1991 - 1992||Actor||n/a||19927|
|Brooklyn's Finest||2010||Actor||Investigator #3||20107|
|Gremlins 2: The New Batch||1990||Actor||Fireman||19907|
|Liberty! The American Revolution||1997 1996 - 1997||Actor||Luke--Slave||19977|
|Ed||2003 1999 - 2003||Actor||n/a||20037|
|New York Undercover||1997 1993 - 1997||Actor||n/a||19977|
|Lands memorable role of corrupt senator Clay Davis in The Wire (HBO, 2002-08)|
|Makes first appearance as Major Agent Flood in Spike Lee's "25th Hour"|
|Plays insurance agent Ronald Wilkes in most high-profile big screen outing, "Cedar Rapids"|
Prolific character actor Isiah Whitlock Jr. worked with everyone from Martin Scorsese to Woody Allen to Spike Lee during his gradual career ascent but first caught the public's attention when he was cast as the foul-mouthed bribe-taking senator Clay Davis in "The Wire" (HBO 2002-08). After that, he combined supporting big-screen parts in the likes of "Pieces Of April" (2003), "Cedar Rapids" (2011) and "Thanks For Sharing" (2013) with more substantial small-screen roles in "Rubicon" (AMC 2010), "Lucky 7" (ABC 2013) and "Veep" (HBO 2012-), while also earning critical acclaim for his theatre work both on and off Broadway.
Born in South Bend, IN, in 1954, Isiah Whitlock Jr. first attended Southwest Minnesota State University on a football scholarship before injury caused him to switch his attention to drama instead. After graduating in 1976, he moved to San Francisco where he became a valuable member of the prestigious American Conservatory Theater. While following debuts on the small-screen in "Cagney & Lacey" (CBS 1981-88) and big-screen in "Gremlins 2: The New Batch" (1990), he was cast as the sympathetic doctor in "Goodfellas" (1990) and landed bit parts in the likes of "Eddie" (1996), "Everyone Says I Love You" (1996) and "The Spanish Prisoner" (1997).
After playing a slave in miniseries "Liberty: The American Revolution" (PBS 1997), Whitlock secured minor roles in redemption tale "Harlem Aria" (1999) and relationship comedy "A Fish In the Bathtub" (1999) and earned rave reviews for his portrayal of Joe in Christopher Shinn's off-Broadway play "Four" before appearing as Agent Flood in Spike Lee's "25th Hour" (2002) a role he would also later reprise in "She Hate Me" (2004) and "Red Hook Summer" (2012). While having played various different characters in "Law & Order" (NBC 1990-2010), Whitlock also began to crop up on its spin-off shows "Criminal Intent" (NBC 2001-2011) and "Special Victims Unit" (NBC 1999-).
Whitlock's profile then rocketed when he took on the role of Clay Davis, the corrupt Maryland State senator renowned for his idiosyncratic profanity, on the critically-acclaimed "The Wire" (HBO 2002-08). Whitlock continued to add to his CV during his sporadic five-season stint on the show, appearing as Eugene in Thanksgiving comedy drama "Pieces Of April" (2003), the hotel engineer in Stephen King adaptation "1408" (2007) and Ethan Banks in Disney self-parody "Enchanted" (2008), while also later popping up in the likes of "Cadillac Records" (2008), "Brooklyn's Finest" (2009) and "Twelve" (2010).
Following a recurring role in short-lived conspiracy drama "Rubicon" (AMC 2010), Whitlock then co-starred as insurance agent Ronald Wilkes in indie comedy "Cedar Rapids" (2011), made several appearances in "Onion SportsDome" (Comedy Central 2011), "Smash" (NBC 2012-13) and "Louie" (FX 2010-) and landed supporting parts in big-screen comedies "Why Stop Now" (2012), "Thanks For Sharing" (2012) and "Newlyweeds" (2013). Whitlock then appeared as lottery-winning gas station attendant Bob Harris in the swiftly-cancelled "Lucky 7" (ABC 2013), before showing up as cantankerous Defense Secretary George Maddox in the political satire "Veep" (HBO 2012-).
|Whitlock Jr. grew up as the fifth of ten children in Indiana, where his father was a steel mill worker|
|"Things are not always going to be like The Wire. But you need to be thankful you got a chance to do that. I can say I was a part of something really really good and that will carry me through the rest of my life." Whitlock Jr. quoted on Hollywood.com, Feb. 11, 2011|
|"I wanted to create, I wanted to make different people, and I feel especially after my life and the things I've seen, I've got a lot of characters still in me." Whitlock Jr. quoted on Salon.com, Sept. 5, 2013|
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