Jeffrey Wright PictureJeffrey Wright (born December 7, 1965) is an American actor. He is best known for his Tony- and Emmy-winning role as Belize in the Broadway production and HBO miniseries Angels in America. He starred as Jean-Michel Basquiat in Basquiat, Felix Leiter in the James Bond films Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace, Valentin Narcisse in the HBO series Boardwalk Empire, and Beetee in The Hunger Games films.
Wright currently stars as Bernard Lowe in the HBO series Westworld.
Filmography
Film
 
 
1990 Presumed Innocent Prosecuting Attorney
 
1992 Jumpin’ at the Boneyard Derek
 
1996 Faithful Young Man
 
1996 A graffiti királya – Basquiat Jean-Michel Basquiat
 
1997 Critical Care Bed Two
 
1998 Too Tired to Die Balzac Man
 
1998 Celebrity Greg
 
1998 Meschugge Win
 
1998 Blossoms and Veils Ben
 
1999 Cement Ninny
 
1999 Ride with the Devil Daniel Holt
 
2000 Hamlet Gravedigger
 
2000 Crime and Punishment in Suburbia Chris
 
2000 Shaft Peoples Hernandez
 
2001 Ali Howard Bingham
 
2002 D-Tox Jaworski
 
2004 Sin’s Kitchen Rex
 
2004 The Manchurian Candidate Al Melvin
 
2005 Broken Flowers Winston
 
2005 Syriana Bennett Holiday
 
2006 Lady in the Water Mr. Dury
 
2006 Casino Royale Felix Leiter
 
2007 The Invasion Dr. Stephen Galeano
 
2007 Blackout Nelson Also producer
 
2008 W. Colin Powell
 
2008 Quantum of Solace Felix Leiter
 
2008 Cadillac Records Muddy Waters
 
2009 One Blood Dan Clark Also producer
 
2011 Source Code Dr. Rutledge
 
2011 The Ides of March Senator Thompson
 
2011 Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close William Black
 
2013 Broken City Carl Fairbanks
 
2013 A Single Shot Simon
 
2013 The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Beetee
 
2013 The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete Henry
 
2014 Ernest & Celestine Grizzly Judge (voice)
 
2014 Only Lovers Left Alive Dr. Watson
 
2014 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 Beetee
 
2015 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 Beetee
 
2015 The Good Dinosaur Poppa Henry (voice)
 
2018 Monster Mr. Harmon
 
2018 The Public Mr. Anderson
 
2018 Game Night FBI Agent Ron Henderson Uncredited
 
2018 Friday’s Child Detective Portnoy
 
2018 O.G. Louis
 
2018 Hold the Dark Russell Core
 
2019 Az aranypinty – The Goldfinch Hobie In post-production
 
2019 All Day & A Night In post-production
 
TBA Honest Thief Filming
 
TBA The Laundromat In post-production
 
TBA The French Dispatch Filming
 
 
Tévéfilmek
 
1991 Separate but Equal William Coleman Television movie
 
1993 The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles Sidney Bechet 2 episodes
 
1994 New York Undercover Andre Foreman Episode: “Garbage”
 
1997 Homicide: Life on the Street Hal Wilson 3 episodes
 
2001 Boycott Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Television movie
 
2003 Angels in America Norman “Belize” Arriaga / Mr. Lies /
 
Homeless Man / The Angel Europa 6 episodes
 
2005 Lackawanna Blues Mr. Paul Television movie
 
2007 American Experience Narrator Episode: “New Orleans”
 
2012 House Dr. Walter Cofield Episode: “Nobody’s Fault”
 
2013–14 Boardwalk Empire Dr. Valentin Narcisse 11 episodes
 
2016 The Venture Brothers Think Tank (voice) Episode: “Tanks for Nuthin”
 
2016 Confirmation Charles Ogletree Television movie
 
2016 BoJack Horseman Cuddlywhiskers / Father (voice) 3 episodes
 
2016–present Westworld Bernard Lowe 14 episodes
 
2017 She’s Gotta Have It Purple “ITIS” Voice (voice) Episode: “#NolasChoice (3 DA HARD WAY)”
 
2019 A Pénzmosó – The Laundromat
 
 
Díjak és jelölések:
 
 
2002 AFI Awards AFI Actor of the Year – Male – Movie or Mini-Series Boycott Won
 
2005 Black Movie Awards Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role Syriana Nominated
 
2002 Black Reel Awards Network/Cable – Best Actor Boycott Nominated
 
2004 Television: Best Supporting Actor Angels in America Won
 
2005 Best Supporting Actor The Manchurian Candidate Nominated
 
2006 Best Supporting Actor – Television Lackawanna Blues Won
 
Best Supporting Actor Syriana Nominated
 
2008 Best Supporting Actor Cadillac Records Won
 
Best Ensemble Won
 
2016 Outstanding Voice Performance The Good Dinosaur Nominated
 
2017 Outstanding Supporting Actor – Drama Westworld Nominated
 
2018 Outstanding Actor – Drama Westworld Nominated
 
2012 Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards Best Acting Ensemble The Ides of March Nominated
 
2007 Chicago International Film Festival Career Achievement Award Won
 
2004 Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie Angels in America Won
 
2017 Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Westworld Nominated
 
2018 Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Nominated
 
2004 Golden Globe Awards Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television Angels in America Won
 
2002 Image Awards Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special Boycott Nominated
 
2006 Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special Lackawanna Blues Nominated
 
2009 Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture Cadillac Records Nominated
 
2012 Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture The Ides of March Nominated
 
1997 Independent Spirit Awards Best Debut Performance Basquiat Nominated
 
2006 Best Supporting Male Broken Flowers Nominated
 
2005 San Diego Film Critics Society Awards Best Supporting Actor Broken Flowers Won
 
2002 Satellite Awards Best Actor in a Miniseries or Television Film Boycott Nominated
 
2004 Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Miniseries or Television Film Angels in America Nominated
 
2004 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie Angels in America Nominated
 
2017 Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Westworld Nominated
 
1994 Tony Awards Best Featured Actor in a Play Angels in America: Perestroika Won
 
2002 Best Actor in a Play Topdog/Underdog Nominated
 
2000 Toronto Film Critics Association Awards Best Supporting Performance, Male Shaft (tied with Tobey Maguire for Wonder Boys) Won
 
2017 Saturn Awards Best Supporting Actor on a Television Series Westworld Nominated
Early life
 
Wright was born in Washington, D.C., to a mother who worked as a customs lawyer and a father who died when he was a child. He graduated from St. Albans School and attended Amherst College, receiving a bachelor’s degree in political science and planned to attend law school; however, he chose to study acting instead. After attending New York University for two months, he left to become a full-time actor.
 
 
Career
 
Wright began appearing off-Broadway in New York City and Washington DC, and in 1990, he appeared in his first major film as an attorney in Presumed Innocent, which starred Harrison Ford. In 1991, Wright joined John Houseman’s national touring repertory company The Acting Company with productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Athol Fugard’s Blood Knot. In 1993 and 1994, he appeared as Norman “Belize” Arriaga in Tony Kushner’s award-winning play Angels in America. His portrayal of a gay nurse forced to take care of Roy Cohn as he dies of AIDS won him the Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play.
In 1996, Wright portrayed painter Jean-Michel Basquiat in the film Basquiat, to critical acclaim. Throughout the 1990s and early 2000s, Wright appeared in both leading and supporting roles in such films as Celebrity (1998), Ride with the Devil (1999), Shaft (2000), and Boycott (2001), where he gave an AFI Award-winning performance as Martin Luther King, Jr.. In 2003, Wright reprised his role as Norman “Belize” Arriaga in HBO’s award-winning adaptation of Angels in America. His performance garnered him an Emmy award as well as a Golden Globe award for Best Supporting Actor in a miniseries. In 2004, he appeared in Jonathan Demme’s remake of The Manchurian Candidate. In February 2005, Wright returned to HBO Films in Lackawanna Blues. He also guest starred on The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles and Homicide: Life on the Street.
Among his other film roles was Washington attorney Bennett Holiday in Syriana (2005). The same year, he played Bill Murray’s eccentric Ethiopian neighbor Winston in Broken Flowers. In 2005, he starred in the play This Is How It Goes. He also appeared as one of the tenants in Lady in the Water. In 2006, Wright was featured as Felix Leiter in the James Bond movie Casino Royale. He reprised the role in Quantum of Solace.
 
In 2007, Wright starred in the alien invasion suspense thriller The Invasion. In 2008, he portrayed Colin Powell in W. He portrayed Muddy Waters in Cadillac Records, a biopic, loosely based on the rise and fall of Chess Records. In 2010, Wright played Jacques Cornet in the world premiere run of A Free Man of Color at the Vivian Beaumont Theater of the Lincoln Center for Performing Arts in New York City.
Wright plays Beetee in The Hunger Games film series, starting with The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, released in November 2013. He also landed the role of Dr. Valentin Narcisse in season 4 of Boardwalk Empire, starting in the fall of 2013.
In March 2017, Wright appeared in a commercial for Dell Technologies where he showcases a very solid golf swing while demonstrating a Callaway driver.
In 2018, Wright produced the HBO documentary We Are Not Done Yet, which gives voice to war veterans who, through a USO-sponsored arts workshop at Walter Reed National Military Hospital, discover the power and healing of shared experience to unite and find resilience in the face of post-traumatic stress.
 
 
Personal life
 
Wright married actress Carmen Ejogo in August 2000. They have a son named Elijah and a daughter named Juno and lived in Brooklyn, New York.They have since divorced. In 2004, Wright received an honorary degree from his alma mater, Amherst College.
Wright has been a longtime activist working to end resource-related conflicts. In 2011, Wright established Taia Lion Resources, a mineral exploration company focused on ethical and sustainable mining in Sierra Leone. In August 2012, Wright’s conflict-free mining philosophy was highlighted in a video by the Enough Project.
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