Jeffrey Wright

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After developing a prolific and acclaimed career on the stage, actor Jeffrey Wright quietly worked his way into the public consciousness in chameleon-like fashion, playing a wide range of roles in features and on ... Read more »
Born: 12/06/1965 in United States

Filmography

Actor (60)

Boardwalk Empire 2013 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Homicide: Life on the Street 1997 - 1998, 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

New York Undercover 1994 - 1995, 1997 - 1998, 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Saving My Tomorrow 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Voice

Saving My Tomorrow 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2 2015 (Movie)

Beetee (Actor)

Westworld 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

Ernest & Celestine 2014 (Movie)

Grizzly Judge (Voice)

Only Lovers Left Alive 2014 (Movie)

Dr. Watson (Actor)

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 2014 (Movie)

Beetee (Actor)

A Single Shot 2013 (Movie)

Simon (Actor)

Broken City 2013 (Movie)

Carl Fairbanks (Actor)

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire 2013 (Movie)

Beetee (Actor)

The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete 2013 (Movie)

Henry (Actor)

House 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close 2011 (Movie)

William Black (Actor)

Source Code 2011 (Movie)

Dr. Rutledge (Actor)

The Ides of March 2011 (Movie)

Senator Thompson (Actor)

Blackout 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Cadillac Records 2008 (Movie)

Muddy Waters (Actor)

Chicago 10 2008 (Movie)

Voice of Bobby Seale (Actor)

Quantum of Solace 2008 (Movie)

Felix Leiter (Actor)

W. 2008 (Movie)

Colin Powell (Actor)

Live Free or Die Hard 2007 (Movie)

Victor Pope (Actor)

The Invasion 2007 (Movie)

Dr. Stephen Galeano (Actor)

Casino Royale 2006 (Movie)

Felix Leiter (Actor)

Lady in the Water 2006 (Movie)

Mr Dury (Actor)

The 37th Annual NAACP Image Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Broken Flowers 2005 (Movie)

Winston (Actor)

Syriana 2005 (Movie)

Bennett Holiday (Actor)

The Manchurian Candidate 2004 (Movie)

Al Melvin (Actor)

With All Deliberate Speed 2004 (Movie)

Narrator (Actor)

Legends 1996 - 2002 (TV Show)

Narrator

Ali 2001 (Movie)

Howard Bingham (Actor)

Detox 2001 (Movie)

Jaworski (Actor)

Too Tired to Die 2001 (Movie)

Balzac Man (Actor)

Cement 2000 (Movie)

(Actor)

Crime and Punishment in Suburbia 2000 (Movie)

Chris (Actor)

Hamlet 2000 (Movie)

Gravedigger (Actor)

Shaft 2000 (Movie)

Peoples Hernandez (Actor)

The Giraffe 2000 (Movie)

Win (Actor)

Ride With the Devil 1999 (Movie)

Daniel Holt (Actor)

Celebrity 1998 (Movie)

Off-Off Broadway Director (Actor)

Critical Care 1997 (Movie)

Bed Two Patient (Actor)

Basquiat 1996 (Movie)

Jean-Michel Basquiat (Actor)

Faithful 1996 (Movie)

Young Man at Rolls (Actor)

In the Wings: Angels in America on Broadway 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Jumpin at the Boneyard 1992 (Movie)

Derek (Actor)

Presumed Innocent 1990 (Movie)

Prosecuting Attorney (Actor)

Angels in America (TV Show)

Actor

Blackout (Movie)

(Actor)

Boycott (TV Show)

Actor

Lackawanna Blues (TV Show)

Actor

Separate But Equal (TV Show)

Actor

Sin's Kitchen (TV Show)

Actor
Music (1)

Hamlet 2000 (Movie)

("All Along the Watchtower") (Song Performer)
Producer (1)

Blackout (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

After developing a prolific and acclaimed career on the stage, actor Jeffrey Wright quietly worked his way into the public consciousness in chameleon-like fashion, playing a wide range of roles in features and on television. Though he spent several years honing his craft off-Broadway and in regional theater, Wright staked his reputation with a Tony Award-winning performance in the widely acclaimed play, "Angels in America: Perestroika," which he later reprised almost a decade later in the highly lauded HBO miniseries. In between the play and the six-part movie, Wright built a resume that included deft performances as such divergent historical figures as Martin Luther King, Jr. and Jean-Michel Basquiat, as well as an array of strong supporting roles in "Celebrity" (1998) and "Shaft" (2000). After earning an Emmy for "Angels in America," Wright had finally broken through to the mainstream, earning meatier parts in "Syriana" (2005), "Casino Royale" (2006) and "W" (2008). The versatile actor continued to genre hop, jumping from the musical biopic "Cadillac Records" (2008) to the sci-fi thriller "Source Code" (2011) to the prescient political drama "The Ides of March" (2011) with impressive ease. While not the marquee draw of some of his contemporaries, Wright could always be counted upon to deliver a performance on par with the very best.

Relationships

Carmen Ejogo Actor

Wife
Met while filming HBO film "Boycott" (2001), where they portrayed Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King Married August 2000

Elijah Wright

Son
Mother, Carmen Ejogo

EDUCATION

New York University

New York , New York 1988
Received a full scholarship to attend NYU's Tisch School of the Arts; left after two months

Amherst College

Amherst , Massachusetts 1987
Began acting his senior year; previously intended to become a lawyer

St. Albans School

Washington , Washington D.C. 1983
An elite private school

Milestones

2013

Acted with Mark Wahlberg and Russell Crowe in crime drama "Broken City"

2011

Cast in "The Ides of March" with George Clooney, who also directed, co-wrote, and produced

2011

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

2011

Landed featured role in "Source Code" opposite Jake Gyllenhaal

2008

Reprised role of Felix Leiter in "Quantum of Solace"; second collaboration with Craig as Agent 007

2008

Portrayed former Secretary of State Colin Powell in Oliver Stone's controversial film "W."

2008

Portrayed American blues musician Muddy Waters in musical biopic "Cadillac Records"

2007

Co-starred with Bruce Willis in "Live Free or Die Hard," the fourth "Die Hard" film in long-running franchise

2006

Co-starred in M. Night Shyamalan's "Lady in the Water" with Bryce Dallas Howard and Paul Giamatti

2006

Portrayed Felix Leiter, Bond's long time CIA friend in "Casino Royale," starring Daniel Craig as 007

2005

Co-starred with Bill Murray in Jim Jarmusch's "Broken Flowers"; earned an Independent Spirit Award Nomination for Best Supporting Male

2005

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

2005

Cast in the HBO original movie "Lackawanna Blues," based on Ruben Santiago-Hudson's autobiographical one man show

2005

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

2004

Starred in the remake of the 1962 thriller "The Manchurian Candidate"

2003

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)

2001

Portrayed Howard Bingham in "Ali"

2001

Acted off-Broadway opposite Don Cheadle in "Topdog/Underdog"; moved to Broadway in 2002 opposite Mos Def

2001

Played Marting Luther King Jr. in the HBO original "Boycott"

2000

Garnered attention portraying a flamboyant Dominican drug lord in "Shaft"

1999

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"

1996

Played The Fool to F Murray Abraham's "King Lear" off-Broadway

1996

First starring role in a film, "Basquiat"; played the celebrated but doomed graffiti artist

1996

Played da Voice on Broadway in "Bring in 'Da Noise, Bring in 'Da Funk"

1993

Originated the role of Belize, Roy Cohn's nurse, in the Broadway play "Angels in America, Part Two: Perestroika"

1993

Played celebrated jazz musician Sidney Bechet in two installments of ABC's "The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles"

1991

TV acting debut, "Separate But Equal" (ABC)

1991

Played a small role in "Jumpin at the Boneyard"

1990

Feature acting debut, a bit part in "Presumed Innocent"

1987

Returning to D.C. after graduation, appeared in several Arena Stage productions

Took an acting course in his senior year while pursuing a degree in political science

Arena's founder director Zelda Fischandler arranged for him to receive a full scholarship to NYU

Performed at the Yale Rep and in regional theater

Still planning to attend law school, took a summer job at a prestigious Washington, D.C. firm

Raised in Washington, D.C. by his mother and aunt

Bonus Trivia

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Wright expressed interest in portraying such other African-American culture heroes as Langston Hughes and Adam Clayton Powell.

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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.

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