New York University
St. Albans School
Joined the ensemble cast of HBO's sci-fi western series "Westworld"
Voiced the role of Cuddlywhiskers on the Netflix animated series "BoJack Horseman"
Voice the role of Poppa in the Pixar film "The Good Dinosaur"
Reprised his role as Beetee in "The Hunger Games: Mockingly - Part 2"
Acted with Mark Wahlberg and Russell Crowe in crime drama "Broken City"
Played Valentin Narcisse on 20 episodes of HBO's period gangster drama "Boardwalk Empire"
Cast opposite Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock in 9/11 drama "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close," Stephen Daldry's feature adaptation of Jonathan Safran Foer's novel
Cast in "The Ides of March" with George Clooney, who also directed, co-wrote, and produced
Landed featured role in "Source Code" opposite Jake Gyllenhaal
Portrayed former Secretary of State Colin Powell in Oliver Stone's controversial film "W."
Portrayed American blues musician Muddy Waters in musical biopic "Cadillac Records"
Reprised role of Felix Leiter in "Quantum of Solace"; second collaboration with Craig as Agent 007
Co-starred with Bruce Willis in "Live Free or Die Hard," the fourth "Die Hard" film in long-running franchise
Co-starred in M. Night Shyamalan's "Lady in the Water" with Bryce Dallas Howard and Paul Giamatti
Portrayed Felix Leiter, Bond's long time CIA friend in "Casino Royale," starring Daniel Craig as 007
Co-starred with Ben Stiller in "This Is How It Goes," a play by Neil LaBute about an interracial love triangle set in small-town America; performed at the Public Theater in New York
Co-starred with George Clooney and Matt Damon in the geopolitical thriller "Syriana," based on the real-life memoirs of CIA agent Robert Baer; produced by Clooney
Cast in the HBO original movie "Lackawanna Blues," based on Ruben Santiago-Hudson's autobiographical one man show
Co-starred with Bill Murray in Jim Jarmusch's "Broken Flowers"; earned an Independent Spirit Award Nomination for Best Supporting Male
Starred in the remake of the 1962 thriller "The Manchurian Candidate"
Recreated his award-winning stage role as nurse Belize in the Mike Nichols-directed adaptation of "Angels in America"; received a SAG nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie (2004)
Acted off-Broadway opposite Don Cheadle in "Topdog/Underdog"; moved to Broadway in 2002 opposite Mos Def
Played Marting Luther King Jr. in the HBO original "Boycott"
Portrayed Howard Bingham in "Ali"
Garnered attention portraying a flamboyant Dominican drug lord in "Shaft"
Had featured role as a freed slave involved in the border skirmishes between Missouri and Kansas during the Civil War in "Ride With the Devil"
Played da Voice on Broadway in "Bring in 'Da Noise, Bring in 'Da Funk"
Played The Fool to F Murray Abraham's "King Lear" off-Broadway
First starring role in a film, "Basquiat"; played the celebrated but doomed graffiti artist
Played celebrated jazz musician Sidney Bechet in two installments of ABC's "The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles"
Originated the role of Belize, Roy Cohn's nurse, in the Broadway play "Angels in America, Part Two: Perestroika"
Played a small role in "Jumpin at the Boneyard"
TV acting debut, "Separate But Equal" (ABC)
Feature acting debut, a bit part in "Presumed Innocent"
Returning to D.C. after graduation, appeared in several Arena Stage productions
Raised in Washington, D.C. by his mother and aunt
Arena's founder director Zelda Fischandler arranged for him to receive a full scholarship to NYU
Still planning to attend law school, took a summer job at a prestigious Washington, D.C. firm
Took an acting course in his senior year while pursuing a degree in political science
Performed at the Yale Rep and in regional theater
Wright expressed interest in portraying such other African-American culture heroes as Langston Hughes and Adam Clayton Powell.
Wright was arrested, along with others including actor Josh Brolin, on July 12, 2008 after a bar fight while filming "W" in Shreveport, LA. Charges were later dropped.
Despite earning an acting scholarship to New York University, Wright left after two years to embark on a full-time acting career.