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Don Cheadle

Don Cheadle was born in Kansas City, Missouri on November 29, 1964. His childhood found him moving from city to city with his family: mother Bettye (North), a teacher, father Donald Frank Cheadle, Sr., a clinical psychologist, sister Dawn, and brother Colin. After graduating high school in Denver, Colorado, Cheadle attended and graduated from the California Institute of the Arts with a Bachelor¹s Degree in Fine Arts. Encouraged by his college friends, he attended a variety of auditions and landed a recurring role on the hit series Fame (1982), which led to feature film roles in Dennis Hopper's Colors (1988) and John Irvin's Hamburger Hill (1987).Early in his career, Cheadle was named Best Supporting Actor by the Los Angeles Film Critics for his breakout performance opposite Denzel Washington in Devil in a Blue Dress (1995). His subsequent film credits include: Traitor (2008), an international thriller which he produced, starring opposite Guy Pearce; Kasi Lemmons's Talk to Me (2007), with Chiwetel Ejiofor; the 2006 Oscar-winning Best Picture, Collision (2004), which Cheadle also produced; Hotel Rwanda (2004), for which his performance garnered Oscar, Golden Globe, Broadcast Film Critics and Screen Actors Guild award nominations for Best Actor; Steven Soderbergh's Ocean's Eleven (2001), Ocean's Twelve (2004) and Ocean's Thirteen (2007), starring Brad Pitt and George Clooney; Mike Binder's Reign Over Me (2007) with Adam Sandler; the Academy Award-winning Traffic (2000) and Out of Sight (1998), with George Clooney and Jennifer Lopez, both films also directed by Soderbergh; Paul Thomas Anderson's acclaimed Boogie Nights (1997) with Julianne Moore and Mark Wahlberg; Bulworth (1998), directed by and starring Warren Beatty; Swordfish (2001), with John Travolta and Halle Berry; Mission to Mars (2000) with Tim Robbins and Gary Sinise; John Singleton's Rosewood (1997), for which Cheadle earned an NAACP Image Award nomination; Brett Ratner's The Family Man (2000), starring Nicolas Cage; and the independent features Manic (2001) and Things Behind the Sun (2001).Cheadle was honored by the CineVegas Film Festival and the Los Angeles Film Festival and received ShoWest's Male Star of the Year award. He is also well-recognized for his television work, including his portrayal of Sammy Davis Jr. in HBO's The Rat Pack (1998), for which he received a Golden Globe Award and a Best Supporting Actor Emmy nomination. That same year, he also received an Emmy nomination for his starring role in HBO's adaptation of the best-selling novel A Lesson Before Dying (1999), opposite Cicely Tyson and Mekhi Phifer.He also starred for HBO in Eriq La Salle's Rebound: The Legend of Earl 'The Goat' Manigault (1996). Cheadle's TV series credits include his two-year stint in David E. Kelley's acclaimed series Picket Fences (1992), a guest-starring role on ER (1994) (earning yet another Emmy nomination) and a regular role on The Golden Palace (1992) He also starred in the live television broadcast of Fail Safe (2000) opposite George Clooney, James Cromwell, Brian Dennehy, Richard Dreyfuss and Harvey Keitel. He also co-executive produced the TV version of Crash (2008).His most recent big screen appearances have been in Antoine Fuqua's ensemble crime thriller Brooklyn's Finest (2009) and Jon Favreau's Iron Man 2 (2010), another mainstream breakthrough where he played Lt. Col. James 'Rhodey' Rhodes, replacing Terrence Howard from the first film. L'Irlandais (2011), an art-house hit directed by John Michael McDonagh and co-starring Brendan Gleeson, followed.Cheadle stars in House of Lies (2012) on Showtime. Late in 2012, he was seen in Flight (2012), Robert Zemeckis's return to live-action filmmaking. In 2013, he reprised his role as Rhodey in Iron Man 3 (2013). Among his projects in development is a movie based on the life of jazz legend Miles Davis.A talented musician who plays saxophone, writes music and sings, he is also an accomplished stage actor and director and was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2004 for Best Spoken Word Album for his narration/dramatization of the Walter Mosley novel "Fear Itself".Other notable off-stage achievements include the 2007 BET Humanitarian Award for the cause of the people of Darfur and Rwanda, and sharing the Summit Peace Award by the Nobel Peace Prize Laureates in Rome with George Clooney for their work in Darfur.


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Born:
Nov 29, 1964 In Kansas City, Missouri, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
39
First Appeared:
In the series Sesame Street 1969-07-21
Latest Project:
Series The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore 2015-01-19

Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 32 wins & 79 nominations.

Known For
Poster of House of Lies
Poster of 30 Rock
Poster of The Colbert Report
Poster of The Simpsons
Filmography
The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore Unknown 2015-01-19
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Unknown 2014-02-17
Late Night with Seth Meyers Unknown 2014-02-24
The Queen Latifah Show Unknown 2013
Hollywood Game Night Unknown 2013-07-11
Talking Bad Unknown 2013-08-11
The Arsenio Hall Show Unknown 2013-09-09
House of Lies Marty Kaan 58 episodes, 2012-2016 2012-01-08
Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell Unknown 2012-08-09
Funny or Die Presents... Unknown 2010-02-19
Conan Unknown 2010-11-08
Watch What Happens: Live Unknown 2009-06-16
The Wendy Williams Show Unknown 2008-05-14
Crash Unknown 2008-10-17
Poker After Dark Unknown 2007-01-01
Drunk History Unknown 2007-12-23
Chelsea Lately Unknown 2007-07-01
30 Rock Unknown 2006-10-11
The Colbert Report Unknown 2005-10-17
Real Time with Bill Maher Unknown 2003-02-21
The Bernie Mac Show Unknown 2001-11-07
The View Unknown 1997-08-11
The Daily Show Unknown 1996-07-22
Inside the Actors Studio Unknown 1994-06-12
ER Unknown 1994-09-19
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Unknown 1992-05-25
The Golden Palace Roland Wilson 24 episodes, 1992-1993 1992-09-18
Picket Fences D.A. John Littleton 39 episodes, 1993-1995 1992-09-18
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Unknown 1990-09-10
The Simpsons Unknown 1989-12-17
China Beach Unknown 1988-04-26
Hooperman Unknown 1987-09-23
Sidekicks Unknown 1986-02-16
The Oprah Winfrey Show Unknown 1986-01-07
L.A. Law Unknown 1986-09-15
Night Court Unknown 1984-01-04
Fame Unknown 1982-01-07
Hill Street Blues Unknown 1981-01-15
Sesame Street Unknown 1969-07-21