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Jeffrey Wright

Biography

Performed the role of Beetee in Getting Fire, the next installment from the Being hungry Game titles film trilogy, and in addition appeared in a number of Bond motion pictures and TV series. He previously a recurring function in the 4th period of Boardwalk Empire and came back to HBO to superstar in Westworld. He started his acting profession Off-Broadway, in productions of Bloodstream Knot along with a Midsummer Night’s Fantasy, at exactly the same time getting a job in a significant Harrison Ford film. He performed Adam Bond’s legless friend, Felix Leiter in Gambling house Royale in 2005 and in Quantum of Solace in 2008. He was created in Washington D.C., and elevated by his widowed mom. He married celebrity Carmen Ejogo in 2000 as well as the few had a boy named Elijah along with a girl called TK. He portrayed Colin Powell within the Oliver Rock film, W, regarding the previous U.S. leader.

Quick Facts


Full Name Jeffrey Wright
Date Of Birth December 7, 1965
Place Of Birth Washington, DC
Height 1.8 m
Profession TV Actor
Education New York University, St. Albans School, Amherst College, St Albans School, Hertfordshire
Nationality American
Spouse Carmen Ejogo
Children Elijah Wright, TK Wright
Awards Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play, Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Miniseries, or Motion Picture Made for Television, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or a Movie, Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play, Obie Award for Performance, Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Debut Performance, Outer Critics Circle Special Award, Black Reel Award for Outstanding Ensemble, Black Reel Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominations NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special, Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Acting Ensemble, Tony Award for Best Lead Actor in a Play, Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie, Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance, Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film, Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Play, Independent Spirit Award for Best Debut Performance, Satellite Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, Black Movie Award for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role, Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Lead Actor
Movies The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Casino Royale, The Good Dinosaur, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, Quantum of Solace, Source Code, Cadillac Records, Basquiat, Shaft, Syriana, Broken Flowers, Lady in the Water, The Ides of March, The Manchurian Candidate, Broken City, The Invasion, Only Lovers Left Alive, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, Ride with the Devil, A Single Shot, D-Tox, The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete, Confirmation, Ali, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2, Too Tired to Die, Lackawanna Blues, Chicago 10, Crime and Punishment in Suburbia, Boycott, Ernest & Celestine, W., Critical Care, The Giraffe, With All Deliberate Speed, Hamlet, A Child's Garden of Poetry, Hold the Dark, Unforgivable Blackness, Faithful, Blackout, Game Night, Cement, Celebrity, Rupert Patterson Wants to Be a Superhero, Angels in America, Sin's Kitchen, Keeping Time: The Life, Music & Photographs of Milt Hinton, Young Indiana Jones and the Mystery of the Blues
TV Shows Boardwalk Empire, Angels in America, Westworld, Saving My Tomorrow
Star Sign Sagittarius

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#Fact
1He was awarded the 1994 New York Drama Desk Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Play for "Angels in America: Part Two: Perestroika," on Broadway in New York City.
2He was awarded the 1994 Antoinette Perry (Tony) Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play for "Angels in America: Part Two: Perestroika," on Broadway in New York City.
3He has two roles in common with David Oyelowo: (1) Wright played Martin Luther King in Boycott (2001) while Oyelowo played him in Selma (2014) - in both productions, Carmen Ejogo played King's wife Coretta Scott King and (2) Oyelowo played Muddy Waters in Who Do You Love (2008) while Wright played him in Cadillac Records (2008).
4He appeared in three films with Daniel Craig in as many years: Casino Royale (2006), The Invasion (2007) and Quantum of Solace (2008).
5He played CIA Agent Felix Leiter in both Casino Royale (2006) and Quantum of Solace (2008). This made him only the second actor in the history of the Bond franchise to play the role more than once. David Hedison had previously played the role in both Live and Let Die (1973) and Licence to Kill (1989). Unlike Hedison, Wright played Leiter in two consecutive films. Hedison's two appearances were separated by 16 years, 8 films and one other actor (John Terry).
6In 2006, he became the first African American to play Felix Leiter in an official James Bond film (Casino Royale (2006). Bernie Casey played Leiter in the unofficial Never Say Never Again (1983).
7Father died when he was a year old and was raised by his mother, who was a lawyer before working at the U.S. Customs Department, and his aunt, a one-time nurse.
8The only original cast member from the play Angels In America to appear in the film version Angels in America (2003).
9Has one son, Elijah.
10Is friends with Adrian Pasdar.
11Graduated from prestigious St. Albans School for Boys in Washington, DC.
12His cousin, Brian Wright, was the boy who portrayed young 'Basquiat' at the beginning of that film. The production team needed a child to portray Basquiat who also looked like Jeffrey Wright. Because of this, Jeffrey asked his cousin to do the job.
13Although he alters aspects of his physical appearance for each role, his voice is often unrecognizable from one role to the next. The voices of Belize, with his intelligent, acerbic wit in Angels in America (2003), to Peoples Hernandez whose vicious macho confidence is conveyed through his Latino accent in Shaft (2000) to Al Melvin The Manchurian Candidate (2004), whose deep grumblings heartbreakingly represent the state of a destroyed man.
14He received an honorary degree from Amherst College in 2004.
15Attended New York University on a theatre scholarship, but dropped out after only two months to act full time.
16Won Broadway's 1994 Tony Award as Best Actor (Featured Role - Play) for Tony Kushner's "Angels In America: Perestroika," a role he recreated in the television mini-series version, Angels in America (2003). In 2002, he was nominated for Tony's Best Actor (Play) Award for "Topdog/Underdog."
17Graduated from Amherst College in Massachusetts in 1987.
18Studied Political Science at Amherst College in Massachusetts.


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Friday's Child2017post-productionDetective Portnoy
Monster2017/IIpost-productionMr.Harmon
The Publicfilming
Westworld2016-2018TV SeriesBernard Lowe
BoJack Horseman2016TV SeriesCuddlywhiskers / Father
Confirmation2016TV MovieCharles Ogletree
The Venture Bros.2016TV SeriesThink Tank / Dr. Nidaba
The Good Dinosaur2015Poppa (voice)
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 22015Beetee
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 12014Beetee
Boardwalk Empire2013-2014TV SeriesValentin Narcisse
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire2013Beetee
Only Lovers Left Alive2013Dr. Watson
A Single Shot2013Simon
The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete2013Henry
Broken City2013Carl Fairbanks
Ernest & Celestine2012Grizzly Judge (English version, voice)
House M.D.2012TV SeriesDr. Walter Cofield
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close2011William Black
The Ides of March2011Senator Thompson
A Child's Garden of Poetry2011TV Movie voice
Source Code2011Dr. Rutledge
Cadillac Records2008Muddy Waters
Quantum of Solace2008Felix Leiter
W.2008/IColin Powell
Blackout2007/IIINelson
The Invasion2007/IDr. Stephen Galeano
American Experience2007TV Series documentaryNarrator
Chicago 102007DocumentaryBobby Seale (voice)
Casino Royale2006Felix Leiter
Lady in the Water2006Mr. Dury
Syriana2005Bennett Holiday
Broken Flowers2005Winston
Lackawanna Blues2005TV MovieMr. Paul
The Manchurian Candidate2004Al Melvin
Sin's Kitchen2004Rex
Angels in America2003TV Mini-SeriesBelize Mr. Lies Homeless man ...
Eye See You2002Jaworski
Ali2001Howard Bingham
Boycott2001TV MovieDr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Shaft2000Peoples Hernandez
Cement2000Ninny
Crime + Punishment in Suburbia2000Chris
Hamlet2000Gravedigger
Ride with the Devil1999/IDaniel Holt
Blossoms and Veils1998ShortBen
Meschugge1998Win
Celebrity1998Greg - Off-Off Broadway Director
Too Tired to Die1998Balzac Man
Homicide: Life on the Street1997TV SeriesHal Wilson
Critical Care1997Bed Two
Basquiat1996Jean Michel Basquiat
Faithful1996Young Man at Rolls
New York Undercover1994TV SeriesAndre Foreman
Young Indiana Jones1993TV SeriesSidney Bichet
Jumpin' at the Boneyard1991Derek
Separate But Equal1991TV Mini-SeriesWilliam Coleman
Presumed Innocent1990Prosecuting Attorney

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Cadillac Records2008performer: "I'm a Man", "Country Blues", "I Can't Be Satisfied", "Forty Days and Forty Nights", "I'm Your Hoochie Coochie Man"
Hamlet2000performer: "All Along the Watchtower"

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Blackout2007/IIIproducer

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Hamlet2000special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Reflections of Lady in the Water2006Video documentary short
Becoming Bond2006TV Movie documentaryHimself
2006 Independent Spirit Awards2006TV Movie documentaryHimself
37th NAACP Image Awards2006TV SpecialHimself
Heute2006TV Series documentaryHimself
Wrestling with Angels: Playwright Tony Kushner2006DocumentaryHimself
Live from Lincoln Center2005TV SeriesHimself
The True Story of Hannibal2005TV Movie documentaryNarrator
Time Machine: Rwanda - Do Scars Ever Fade?2004TV Movie documentaryNarrator
Broadway: The American Musical2004TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
The 56th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards2004TV SpecialHimself - Winner: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson2004DocumentaryOther Voices (voice)
With All Deliberate Speed2004DocumentaryNarrator (voice)
The 61st Annual Golden Globe Awards2004TV SpecialHimself - Winner: Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Keeping Time: The Life, Music & Photography of Milt Hinton2003DocumentaryHimself (voice)
Stage on Screen: The Topdog Diaries2002TV Movie documentaryHimself / Lincoln
The 56th Annual Tony Awards2002TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Best Leading Actor in a Play
Working in the Theatre2002TV Series documentaryHimself
33rd NAACP Image Awards2002TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
VH1 Legends2001TV Series documentaryNarrator
HBO First Look2001TV Series documentaryHimself
The Making of 'Ali'2001TV Movie documentaryHimself
The 48th Annual Tony Awards1994TV SpecialHimself - Winner: Best Featured Actor in a Play
Running for His Life: The Lawrence Phillips Story2016DocumentaryNarrator
Hero with a Thousand Faces2016DocumentaryHimself
Made in Hollywood2011-2015TV SeriesHimself
The Hunger Games: The Phenomenon2015TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Mockingjay Lives: The Making of the Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 12015Video documentaryHimself
Saving My Tomorrow2014TV Series documentaryHimself
Good Morning America2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Queen Latifah Show2014TV SeriesHimself - The Hunger Games
Dwight Howard in the Moment2014DocumentaryNarrator (voice)
Melissa Harris-Perry2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Forgotten Four: The Integration of Pro Football2014DocumentaryNarrator (voice)
Friend or Foe: New Cast of Catching Fire2014Video shortHimself
The 7th Annual CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute2013TV Movie documentaryHimself - Presenter
Tavis Smiley2010-2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself
The Wendy Williams Show2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Chelsea Lately2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Putting It All Together: The Making of 'Broken City'2013Video documentary shortHimself
Anderson Live2013TV SeriesHimself
For Love of Liberty: The Story of America's Black Patriots2010TV Movie documentary voice
Open Book2009TV Series documentaryHimself
Playing Chess: The Making of Cadillac Records2009Video documentary shortHimself
D.L. Hughley Breaks the News2008TV SeriesHimself
Bond on Location2008TV Short documentaryHimself
Independent Lens2005-2008TV Series documentaryBobby Seale / Himself / Narrator
Classical Baby (I'm Grown Up Now): The Poetry Show2008TV MovieHimself
The 17th Annual Gotham Awards2007TV SpecialHimself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Al Pacino2007TV MovieHimself
Broken Flowers: Start to Finish2006Video documentary shortHimself (uncredited)
Blood Diamonds2006TV Movie documentaryNarrator

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Silenci?2005TV SeriesWinston
Premio Donostia a Willem Dafoe2005TV SpecialJean Michel Basquiat (uncredited)
Young Indiana Jones1993TV SeriesSidney Bechet

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2014Vision AwardNAMIC Vision AwardsBest Performance - DramaBoardwalk Empire (2010)
2008Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsBest Supporting ActorCadillac Records (2008)
2007Career Achievement AwardChicago International Film Festival
2006Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsBest Supporting Actor - TelevisionLackawanna Blues (2005)
2005SDFCS AwardSan Diego Film Critics Society AwardsBest Supporting ActorBroken Flowers (2005)
2004Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for TelevisionAngels in America (2003)
2004Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a MovieAngels in America (2003)
2004Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsTelevision: Best Supporting ActorAngels in America (2003)
2004Gold Derby TV AwardGold Derby AwardsTV Movie/Mini Supporting ActorAngels in America (2003)
2002AFI AwardAFI Awards, USAActor of the Year - Male - TV Movie or Mini-SeriesBoycott (2001)
2000TFCA AwardToronto Film Critics Association AwardsBest Supporting Performance, MaleShaft (2000)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2017ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesWestworld (2016)· Ben Barnes
· Ingrid Bolsø Berdal
· Ed Harris
· Luke Hemsworth
· Anthony Hopkins
· Sidse Babett Knudsen
· James Marsden
· Leonardo Nam
· Thandie Newton
· Talulah Riley
· Rodrigo Santoro
· Angela Sarafyan
· Jimmi Simpson
· Ptolemy Slocum
· Evan Rachel Wood
· Shannon Woodward
2016Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsOutstanding Voice PerformanceThe Good Dinosaur (2015)
2016Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Character Voice-Over Performance (Television or Theatrical)The Good Dinosaur (2015)
2015Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama SeriesBoardwalk Empire (2010)
2015Vision AwardNAMIC Vision AwardsBest Performance - DramaBoardwalk Empire (2010)
2014Critics' Choice TV AwardCritics Choice Television AwardsBest Supporting Actor in a Drama SeriesBoardwalk Empire (2010)
2014Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama SeriesBoardwalk Empire (2010)
2014ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesBoardwalk Empire (2010)· Patricia Arquette
· Margot Bingham
· Steve Buscemi
· Brian Geraghty
· Stephen Graham
· Erik LaRay Harvey
· Jack Huston
· Ron Livingston
· Domenick Lombardozzi
· Gretchen Mol
· Ben Rosenfield
· Michael Stuhlbarg
· Jacob A. Ware
· Shea Whigham
· Michael Kenneth Williams
· Paul Sparks
2013IGN AwardIGN Summer Movie AwardsBest TV VillainBoardwalk Empire (2010)
2012COFCA AwardCentral Ohio Film Critics AssociationBest EnsembleThe Ides of March (2011)· Ryan Gosling
· George Clooney
· Philip Seymour Hoffman
· Paul Giamatti
· Evan Rachel Wood
· Marisa Tomei
· Max Minghella
2012Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion PictureThe Ides of March (2011)
2009Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Actor in a Motion PictureCadillac Records (2008)
2006Black Movie AwardBlack Movie AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting RoleSyriana (2005)
2006Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsBest Supporting ActorSyriana (2005)
2006Chlotrudis AwardChlotrudis AwardsBest Supporting ActorBroken Flowers (2005)
2006Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Actor in a TV Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic SpecialLackawanna Blues (2005)
2006Independent Spirit AwardIndependent Spirit AwardsBest Supporting MaleBroken Flowers (2005)
2005Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsBest Supporting ActorThe Manchurian Candidate (2004)
2005Vision AwardNAMIC Vision AwardsBest Dramatic PerformanceAngels in America (2003)
2004Golden Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for TelevisionAngels in America (2003)
2004ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or MiniseriesAngels in America (2003)
2003OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture or MiniseriesAngels in America (2003)
2002Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsNetwork/Cable - Best ActorBoycott (2001)
2002Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic SpecialBoycott (2001)
2002Golden Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for TelevisionBoycott (2001)
1997Independent Spirit AwardIndependent Spirit AwardsBest Debut PerformanceBasquiat (1996)


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#Quote
1One of the people who made a huge impression on me early in my career and who was also kind of a master to my apprentice was a woman named Lilia Skala. She said to me "You know, Jeffrey, you're good, but you must work hard. Success will not drop out of the sky like a ripe apple. You must work!" One of the best pieces of advice anybody ever gave to me.
2About Cement (2000) - "That was a film that Adrian Pasdar directed. He's been a good friend of mine. It's kind of a cops and criminals film, but it's hard to decipher who's who. We shot it guerrilla-style, mostly out in Long Beach, California. My character's struggling to maintain his balance in an imbalanced, criminal underground."
3I do have characters who are more well known than I am, which suits me fine.

#Trademark
1Often plays intelligent characters
2Deep, smooth voice

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