Jeffrey Wright is an American actor. Wright was born on December 7, 1965. He was born and raised in Washington DC. He graduated from Amherst College in 1987 and studied Political Science while at Amherst but Wright left the school with love for acting.
After graduating, Wright won an acting scholarship to NYU. He dropped out of it after only two months to pursue acting full-time.
Wright got the roles in 1990’s ‘Presumed Innocent,’ and the Broadway production of ‘Angels in America’ for which he won a Tony award.
Wright perfectly showed off his exceptional talent and ability on both stage and screen alike. His first major on-screen performance was ‘Basquiat’ which came in 1996. The film was directed by Julian Schnabel.
Wright had disturbing performance as the late painter Jean Michele Basquiat who was critically acclaimed. But Wright continued to play for the HBO dramatic series ‘Boardwalk Empire.’
Jeffrey Wright is 5’ 11 inc (1.8m) tall.
Wright star sign is Sagittarius.
Jeffrey Wright was born in Washington, D.C. on December 7, 1965. His mother used to work as a customs lawyer. His father died when he was a child.
He graduated from St. Albans School and attended Amherst College. He has received a bachelor’s degree in political science and had planned to attend law school; however, he chose to study acting instead.
Wright attended New York University for two months, but he left to become a full-time actor.
Jeffrey Wright began his career appearing off-Broadway in New York City and Washington DC, and in 1990. Wright’s first major film was ‘Presumed Innocent’ where he appeared as an attorney. The film also starred Harrison Ford.
Wright joined John Houseman’s national touring repertory company The Acting Company in 1991. He also joined with productions of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ (a comedy written by William Shakespeare) and Athol Fugard’s ‘Blood Knot.’
Wright appeared as Norman “Belize” Arriaga in Tony Kushner’s award-winning play ‘Angels in America,’ in 1993 and 1994. Wright’s portrayal of a gay nurse forced to take care of Roy Cohn as he dies of AIDS won him the ‘Tony Award’ which considered him Best Featured Actor in a Play.
Wright acted as painter Jean-Michel Basquiat in the film ‘Basquiat’ in 1996. The film got the critical acclaim as well.
In between the 1990s and early 2000s, Wright worked in both leading and supporting roles in such films as ‘Celebrity’ (1998), ‘Ride with the Devil’ (1999), ‘Shaft’ (2000), and ‘Boycott’ (2001).
Wright gave an AFI Award-winning performance as Martin Luther King, Jr. Wright reprised his role as Norman “Belize” Arriaga in HBO’s award-winning adaptation of Angels in America in 2003.
Wright’s performance gifted him an Emmy award and a Golden Globe award for Best Supporting Actor in a miniseries. In 2004, he appeared in ‘The Manchurian Candidate’ which was the remake of Jonathan Demme.
In February 2005, Wright worked for HBO Films in ‘Lackawanna Blues.’ Wright also guest starred on series ‘The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles’ and ‘Homicide: Life on the Street.’
Wright’s other film roles were Washington attorney Bennett Holiday in ‘Syriana,’ a geopolitical thriller film of 2005. The same year, Wright appeared as Bill Murray’s eccentric Ethiopian neighbor Winston in ‘Broken Flowers.’
Again the same year in 2005, he starred in the play ‘This Is How It Goes.’ Wright was cast as one of the tenants in ‘Lady in the Water.’
Wright was featured as Felix Leiter in the James Bond movie ‘Casino Royale,’ in 2006. Wright later reprised the role in ‘Quantum of Solace in 2008.
Wright starred in the alien invasion suspense thriller ‘The Invasion,’ in 2007. In 2008, he appeared as Colin Powell in ‘W.’ Wright was cast as Muddy Waters in ‘Cadillac Records,’ a biopic which was loosely about the rise and fall of Chess Records.
In 2010, Wright portrayed Jacques Cornet in the world premiere run of ‘A Free Man of Color’ (play) at the Vivian Beaumont Theater of the Lincoln Center for Performing Arts in New York City.
Wright appeared as Beetee in ‘The Hunger Games’ film series, starting with ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.’ The film series was released in November 2013. He also portrayed the role of Dr. Valentin Narcisse in season 4 of ‘Boardwalk Empire,’ which started in the fall of 2013.
Wright appeared in a commercial for ‘Dell Technologies,’ in March 2017. He showcases a very solid golf swing while demonstrating a Callaway driver in the very advertisement.
In August 2000, Jeffrey Wright married actress Carmen Ejogo. They have a son and a daughter whose names are Elijah and Juno respectively. They used to live in Brooklyn, New York. They separated in 2014.
Wright received an honorary degree from Amherst College, in 2004.
Jeffrey Wright has been working from longtime as an activist to end resource-related conflicts.
Wright established Taia Lion Resources in 2011, a mineral exploration company which focused on ethical and sustainable mining in Sierra Leone. Wright’s conflict-free mining philosophy was highlighted in a video in August 2012, by the Enough Project.
Jeffrey Wright has been recently spotted for news. On September 10, 2018, Goldderby writes Emmy episode analysis: Jeffrey Wright (‘Westworld’) untangles his mind in ‘The Passenger.’
On April 24, 2018, in an interview with ‘The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,’ he stated that he had seen a lot of flesh while shooting ‘WestWorld.’
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- In 1994, Wright received ‘Tony Award’ for Best Featured Actor in a Play ‘Angels in America.’
- Wright received ‘Golden Globe Award’ for Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture
- Made for Television in 2004, for ‘Angels in America’
- In 2004, Wright received ‘Primetime Emmy Award’ for Outstanding Supporting Actor.
- In 1994, Wright received Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play ‘Angels in America’: Perestroika.
- Wright received Obie Award in 2002 for his Performance in ‘Topdog/Underdog.’ The same year, Wright received Outer Critics Circle Special Award for the same movie.
- In 2008, Wright received ‘Black Reel Award’ for Outstanding Ensemble in the movie ‘Cadillac Records.’