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Jeffrey Wright
Jeffrey Wright
(born December 7, 1965) is an American actor. He is best known for his Tony and Emmy
Emmy
Award winning role as Belize in the Broadway production and HBO
HBO
miniseries Angels in America. He starred as Jean-Michel Basquiat
Jean-Michel Basquiat
in Basquiat, Felix Leiter
Felix Leiter
in the James Bond films Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace, Valentin Narcisse in the HBO
HBO
series Boardwalk Empire, and Beetee in The Hunger Games
The Hunger Games
films. Wright currently stars as Bernard Lowe in the HBO
HBO
series Westworld.

Contents

1 Early life 2 Career 3 Personal life 4 Filmography

4.1 Film 4.2 Television

5 Awards 6 References 7 External links

Early life[edit] 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.[1] 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
New York University
for two months, he left to become a full-time actor.[1] Career[edit] Wright began appearing off-Broadway in New York City
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
A Midsummer Night's Dream
and Athol Fugard's Blood Knot. In 1994, he was cast 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
Roy Cohn
as he dies of AIDS
AIDS
won him the Tony Award
Tony Award
for Best Featured Actor in a Play. In 1996, Wright portrayed painter Jean-Michel Basquiat
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
Emmy
award as well as a Golden Globe
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
HBO
Films in Lackawanna Blues. He also guest starred on The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles
The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles
and Homicide: Life on the Street. Among his other film roles was Washington attorney Bennett Holiday in Syriana
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
Felix Leiter
in the James Bond
James Bond
movie Casino Royale. He reprised the role in Quantum of Solace.[2]

Wright at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 28, 2007.

In 2007, Wright starred in the alien invasion suspense thriller The Invasion. In 2008, he portrayed Colin Powell
Colin Powell
in W. He portrayed Muddy Waters in Cadillac Records, a biopic, loosely about 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
Vivian Beaumont Theater
of the Lincoln Center for Performing Arts
Lincoln Center for Performing Arts
in New York City. Wright plays Beetee in The Hunger Games
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.[3] In March 2017, Wright appeared in a commercial for Dell Technologies where he showcases a very solid golf swing while demonstrating a Callaway driver.[4] Personal life[edit] Wright married actress Carmen Ejogo
Carmen Ejogo
in August 2000. They have a son named Elijah and a daughter named Juno and lived in Brooklyn, New York.[5][6][7][8] They have since divorced.[9] In 2004, Wright received an honorary degree from his alma mater, Amherst College.[10] 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.[11] In August 2012, Wright's conflict-free mining philosophy was highlighted in a video by the Enough Project.[12] Filmography[edit] Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes

1990 Presumed Innocent Prosecuting Attorney

1992 Jumpin' at the Boneyard Derek

1996 Faithful Young Man

1996 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 Uncredited

2018 Hold the Dark Russell Core In post-production

2019 The Goldfinch Hobie In post-production

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes

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" Ariaga / 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 / Arnold Weber[13] 10 episodes

2017 She's Gotta Have It Purple "ITIS" Voice (voice) Episode: "#NolasChoice (3 DA HARD WAY)"

Awards[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result

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

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
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

2004 Golden Globe
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
Tobey Maguire
for Wonder Boys) Won

2017 Saturn Awards Best Supporting Actor on a Television Series Westworld Nominated

References[edit]

^ a b "Jeffrey Wright". The New York Times. 2010. Archived from the original on November 10, 2015. Retrieved June 2, 2017.  ^ Meza, Ed; Siegel, Tatiana (January 2, 2008). "'Bell' man takes on Bond". Variety. Retrieved January 2, 2008.  ^ Moaba, Alex (March 6, 2013). " Jeffrey Wright
Jeffrey Wright
Joins 'Boardwalk Empire'". Huffington Post.  ^ Matyszczyk, Chris (March 26, 2017). "Is Dell claiming it's better than all that Apple magic?". CNET.  ^ " Jeffrey Wright
Jeffrey Wright
Biography (1965?–)". Filmreference.com. Retrieved 2013-01-02.  ^ "Carmen Ejogo: 'There's some kind of trauma at play'", The Independent, 4 September 2009 (retrieved 2 July 2015). ^ "Carmen, Elijah & Juno Wright" alittlemuse.com, 7 September 2011 (retrieved 2 July 2015). ^ "Actor Jeffrey Wright
Jeffrey Wright
and family". bck online. August 31, 2009. Retrieved June 2, 2017.  ^ Zahed, Ramin; "'Selma' allows Carmen Ejogo
Carmen Ejogo
to play Coretta Scott King a second time", LATimes.com, 18 December 2014 (retrieved 26 December 2014). ^ Amherst Magazine Summer 2004: College Row Archived 2011-10-04 at the Wayback Machine. Amherst Magazine, Summer 2004 ^ Wright, Jeffrey (2012-08-16). "Creating Conflict-Free Companies for the 21st Century". Huffingtonpost.com. Retrieved 2013-01-02.  ^ "Jeffrey Wright: Conflict-Free Philosophy". Enoughproject.org. August 14, 2012. Retrieved June 2, 2017.  ^ Wigert, Josh (November 30, 2016). "'Westworld': Jeffrey Wright
Jeffrey Wright
on the Show's Second Major Bernard Twist". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved June 2, 2017. 

External links[edit]

Jeffrey Wright
Jeffrey Wright
at the Internet Broadway Database
Internet Broadway Database
Jeffrey Wright
Jeffrey Wright
on IMDb Jeffrey Wright
Jeffrey Wright
at AllMovie HBO
HBO
cast page for Angels in America

Preceded by David Hedison Felix Leiter
Felix Leiter
actor 2006-present Succeeded by TBA

Awards for Jeffrey Wright

v t e

Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play

1975–2000

Frank Langella
Frank Langella
(1975) Judd Hirsch
Judd Hirsch
(1976) Bob Dishy (1977) Jeffrey DeMunn
Jeffrey DeMunn
(1978) George Rose (1979) David Rounds (1980) Brian Backer (1981) Željko Ivanek / Adolph Caesar (1982) Alan Feinstein (1983) John Malkovich
John Malkovich
(1984) Barry Miller / Charles S. Dutton
Charles S. Dutton
(1985) Joseph Maher (1986) John Randolph (1987) B. D. Wong
B. D. Wong
(1988) Peter Frechette (1989) Charles Durning
Charles Durning
(1990) Kevin Spacey
Kevin Spacey
(1991) Laurence Fishburne
Laurence Fishburne
(1992) Joe Mantello
Joe Mantello
/ Stephen Spinella (1993) Jeffrey Wright
Jeffrey Wright
(1994) Nathan Lane
Nathan Lane
(1995) Martin Shaw (1996) Brian Murray (1997) Alfred Molina
Alfred Molina
(1998) Kevin Anderson (1999) Roy Dotrice
Roy Dotrice
(2000)

2001–present

Charles Brown (2001) Frank Langella
Frank Langella
(2002) Denis O'Hare
Denis O'Hare
(2003) Ned Beatty
Ned Beatty
(2004) Michael Stuhlbarg
Michael Stuhlbarg
(2005) Samuel Barnett (2006) Boyd Gaines
Boyd Gaines
(2007) Conleth Hill
Conleth Hill
(2008) Pablo Schreiber
Pablo Schreiber
(2009) Santino Fontana
Santino Fontana
(2010) Brian Bedford
Brian Bedford
(2011) Tom Edden (2012) Richard Kind
Richard Kind
(2013) Reed Birney (2014) K. Todd Freeman (2015) Michael Shannon
Michael Shannon
(2016) Danny DeVito
Danny DeVito
(2017)

v t e

Primetime Emmy
Emmy
Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie

Anthony Quayle
Anthony Quayle
(1975) Ed Flanders
Ed Flanders
(1976) Burgess Meredith
Burgess Meredith
(1977) Howard Da Silva
Howard Da Silva
(1978) Marlon Brando
Marlon Brando
(1979) George Grizzard
George Grizzard
(1980) David Warner (1981) Laurence Olivier
Laurence Olivier
(1982) Richard Kiley
Richard Kiley
(1983) Art Carney
Art Carney
(1984) Karl Malden
Karl Malden
(1985) John Malkovich
John Malkovich
(1986) Dabney Coleman
Dabney Coleman
(1987) John Shea
John Shea
(1988) Derek Jacobi
Derek Jacobi
(1989) Vincent Gardenia
Vincent Gardenia
(1990) James Earl Jones
James Earl Jones
(1991) Hume Cronyn
Hume Cronyn
(1992) Beau Bridges
Beau Bridges
(1993) Michael A. Goorjian (1994) Donald Sutherland
Donald Sutherland
(1995) Tom Hulce
Tom Hulce
(1996) Beau Bridges
Beau Bridges
(1997) George C. Scott
George C. Scott
(1998) Peter O'Toole
Peter O'Toole
(1999) Hank Azaria
Hank Azaria
(2000) Brian Cox (2001) Michael Moriarty (2002) Ben Gazzara
Ben Gazzara
(2003) Jeffrey Wright
Jeffrey Wright
(2004) Paul Newman
Paul Newman
(2005) Jeremy Irons
Jeremy Irons
(2006) Thomas Haden Church
Thomas Haden Church
(2007) Tom Wilkinson
Tom Wilkinson
(2008) Ken Howard
Ken Howard
(2009) David Strathairn
David Strathairn
(2010) Guy Pearce
Guy Pearce
(2011) Tom Berenger
Tom Berenger
(2012) James Cromwell
James Cromwell
(2013) Martin Freeman
Martin Freeman
(2014) Bill Murray
Bill Murray
(2015) Sterling K. Brown
Sterling K. Brown
(2016) Alexander Skarsgård
Alexander Skarsgård
(2017)

v t e

Golden Globe
Golden Globe
Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film

James Brolin
James Brolin
(1970) Edward Asner (1971) James Brolin
James Brolin
(1972) McLean Stevenson
McLean Stevenson
(1973) Harvey Korman
Harvey Korman
(1974) Edward Asner/ Tim Conway
Tim Conway
(1975) Edward Asner (1976) Norman Fell
Norman Fell
(1978) Danny DeVito/ Vic Tayback
Vic Tayback
(1979) Pat Harrington Jr./ Vic Tayback
Vic Tayback
(1980) John Hillerman
John Hillerman
(1981) Lionel Stander
Lionel Stander
(1982) Richard Kiley
Richard Kiley
(1983) Paul Le Mat (1984) Edward James Olmos
Edward James Olmos
(1985) Jan Niklas (1986) Rutger Hauer
Rutger Hauer
(1987) Barry Bostwick/ John Gielgud
John Gielgud
(1988) Dean Stockwell
Dean Stockwell
(1989) Charles Durning
Charles Durning
(1990) Louis Gossett, Jr.
Louis Gossett, Jr.
(1991) Maximilian Schell
Maximilian Schell
(1992) Beau Bridges
Beau Bridges
(1993) Edward James Olmos
Edward James Olmos
(1994) Donald Sutherland
Donald Sutherland
(1995) Ian McKellen
Ian McKellen
(1996) George C. Scott
George C. Scott
(1997) Don Cheadle/ Gregory Peck
Gregory Peck
(1998) Peter Fonda
Peter Fonda
(1999) Robert Downey Jr.
Robert Downey Jr.
(2000) Stanley Tucci
Stanley Tucci
(2001) Donald Sutherland
Donald Sutherland
(2002) Jeffrey Wright
Jeffrey Wright
(2003) William Shatner
William Shatner
(2004) Paul Newman
Paul Newman
(2005) Jeremy Irons
Jeremy Irons
(2006) Jeremy Piven
Jeremy Piven
(2007) Tom Wilkinson
Tom Wilkinson
(2008) John Lithgow
John Lithgow
(2009) Chris Colfer
Chris Colfer
(2010) Peter Dinklage
Peter Dinklage
(2011) Ed Harris
Ed Harris
(2012) Jon Voight
Jon Voight
(2013) Matt Bomer
Matt Bomer
(2014) Christian Slater
Christian Slater
(2015) Hugh Laurie
Hugh Laurie
(2016) Alexander Skarsgård
Alexander Skarsgård
(2017)

v t e

Tony Award
Tony Award
for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play

1949–1975

Arthur Kennedy
Arthur Kennedy
(1949) Eli Wallach
Eli Wallach
(1951) John Cromwell (1952) John Williams (1953) John Kerr (1954) Francis L. Sullivan
Francis L. Sullivan
(1955) Ed Begley
Ed Begley
(1956) Frank Conroy (1957) Henry Jones (1958) Charlie Ruggles
Charlie Ruggles
(1959) Roddy McDowall
Roddy McDowall
(1960) Martin Gabel
Martin Gabel
(1961) Walter Matthau
Walter Matthau
(1962) Alan Arkin
Alan Arkin
(1963) Hume Cronyn
Hume Cronyn
(1964) Jack Albertson
Jack Albertson
(1965) Patrick Magee (1966) Ian Holm
Ian Holm
(1967) James Patterson (1968) Al Pacino
Al Pacino
(1969) Ken Howard
Ken Howard
(1970) Paul Sand (1971) Vincent Gardenia
Vincent Gardenia
(1972) John Lithgow
John Lithgow
(1973) Ed Flanders
Ed Flanders
(1974) Frank Langella
Frank Langella
(1975)

1976–2000

Edward Herrmann
Edward Herrmann
(1976) Jonathan Pryce
Jonathan Pryce
(1977) Lester Rawlins (1978) Michael Gough (1979) David Rounds (1980) Brian Backer (1981) Zakes Mokae (1982) Matthew Broderick
Matthew Broderick
(1983) Joe Mantegna
Joe Mantegna
(1984) Barry Miller (1985) John Mahoney
John Mahoney
(1986) John Randolph (1987) B. D. Wong
B. D. Wong
(1988) Boyd Gaines
Boyd Gaines
(1989) Charles Durning
Charles Durning
(1990) Kevin Spacey
Kevin Spacey
(1991) Laurence Fishburne
Laurence Fishburne
(1992) Stephen Spinella (1993) Jeffrey Wright
Jeffrey Wright
(1994) John Glover (1995) Ruben Santiago-Hudson
Ruben Santiago-Hudson
(1996) Owen Teale
Owen Teale
(1997) Tom Murphy (1998) Frank Wood (1999) Roy Dotrice
Roy Dotrice
(2000)

2001–present

Robert Sean Leonard
Robert Sean Leonard
(2001) Frank Langella
Frank Langella
(2002) Denis O'Hare
Denis O'Hare
(2003) Brían F. O'Byrne (2004) Liev Schreiber
Liev Schreiber
(2005) Ian McDiarmid
Ian McDiarmid
(2006) Billy Crudup
Billy Crudup
(2007) Jim Norton (2008) Roger Robinson (2009) Eddie Redmayne
Eddie Redmayne
(2010) John Benjamin Hickey
John Benjamin Hickey
(2011) Christian Borle
Christian Borle
(2012) Courtney B. Vance
Courtney B. Vance
(2013) Mark Rylance
Mark Rylance
(2014) Richard McCabe (2015) Reed Birney (2016) Michael Aronov (2017)

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