Don Cheadle


Don Cheadle
Don Cheadle

Cheadle at a Brooklyn's Finest interview, 2010
Born Donald Frank Cheadle, Jr.
November 29, 1964 (1964-11-29) (age 46)
Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.
Occupation Actor, producer, philanthropist, author
Years active 1984–present
Partner Bridgid Coulter (1997–present)

Donald Frank "Don" Cheadle, Jr. (pronounced /ˈtʃiːdəl/; born November 29, 1964)[1] is an American film actor and producer. Cheadle rose to prominence in the late 1990s and the early 2000s for his supporting roles in the Steven Soderbergh-directed films Out of Sight, Traffic, and Ocean's Eleven. In 2004, his lead role as Rwandan hotel manager Paul Rusesabagina in the genocide drama film Hotel Rwanda earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor. He also campaigns for the end of genocide in Darfur, Sudan, and co-authored a book concerning the issue titled Not On Our Watch: The Mission To End Genocide In Darfur And Beyond. In 2010, Cheadle was named U.N. Environment Program Goodwill Ambassador.

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Early life

Cheadle was born in Kansas City, Missouri, the son of Bettye (née North) Garner, a teacher,[1] and Donald Frank Cheadle, Sr., a clinical psychologist.[1] He has a sister, Dawn, and a brother, Colin. His family moved from city to city throughout his childhood. Cheadle graduated in 1982 from East High School in Denver, Colorado, and went on to the California Institute of the Arts, graduating with a BA in Fine Arts.[1][2]

Career

He appeared in a late 1980s video (It's The Real Thing) with Angela Winbush as a dancer. Cheadle acted in Hamburger Hill in 1987. He also played the role of Jack in the April 1, 1988 "Jung and the Restless" episode of Night Court. Although his character was supposed to be 16 years old, Cheadle was 23 at the time.

Cheadle then played the role of Rocket in the 1988 movie Colors. In 1989, he appeared in a video for Angela Winbush's #2 hit single "It's the Real Thing", performing dance moves in an orange jump suit, working at a car wash. In 1990, he appeared in an episode of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air titled "Homeboy, Sweet Homeboy", playing Will Smith's friend and Hilary's first love interest, Ice Tray. In 1992, he received a supporting role in The Golden Girls spin-off The Golden Palace. Although the show was highly publicized, it was canceled after one season. Cheadle subsequently played district attorney John Littleton on two seasons of Picket Fences.

Cheadle first received widespread notice for his portrayal of Mouse Alexander in the film Devil in a Blue Dress, for which he won Best Supporting Actor awards from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association and the National Society of Film Critics and was nominated for similar awards from the Screen Actors Guild and the NAACP Image Awards. Following soon thereafter was his performance in the title role of the 1996 HBO TV movie Rebound: The Legend of Earl "The Goat" Manigault. A legend among American street basketball players, Manigault is considered by many to be the best streetball player that never reached the NBA as a professional. He also starred in the 1997 film Volcano, directed by Mick Jackson.

Cheadle's fame spread with a regular role as the district attorney on the television series Picket Fences. Cheadle's other television credits include Emmy-nominated performances in the movies The Rat Pack, A Lesson Before Dying, Things Behind the Sun and in a guest appearance on ER. The last of these spanned four episodes during the show's ninth season, in which he portrayed Paul Nathan, a medical student struggling to cope with Parkinson's disease. He has made appearances in films including Rosewood, The Family Man, Boogie Nights, a cameo appearance in the film Abby Singer, Out of Sight, Traffic, and Ocean's Eleven. These last three were directed by Steven Soderbergh. In 2005, Cheadle was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of Paul Rusesabagina in the film Hotel Rwanda. He also starred in, and was one of the producers of Crash, which won the 2005 Academy Award for Best Picture. For his performance in Crash, Cheadle was nominated for BAFTA and Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Supporting Actor. He played the main character in the movie Traitor. Cheadle starred in Hotel for Dogs by Dreamworks.[3][4]

In 2007 Cheadle published a book, Not On Our Watch: The Mission to End Genocide in Darfur and Beyond, co-authored with John Prendergast.

Cheadle was to make his directorial debut with the adaptation of Elmore Leonard's Tishomingo Blues. In a July 2007 interview he stated, "'Tishomingo' is dead..."[5]

Cheadle appeared in NFL commercials promoting the Super Bowl from 2002 to 2005. He so regularly appeared for the NFL in its Super Bowl advertising that in 2006, in a drive to have fans submit their own advertising ideas, the NFL sought his permission to reference his previous commercials to portray themselves as having no new ideas: "he quickly signed off on the idea and found it funny." Abe Sutton (along with Etan Bednarsh), one of the finalists in this NFL contest, played on this commercial by proposing an ad where an entire team of football players are Don Cheadle.[6]

Cheadle and Boondocks creator Aaron McGruder are working together to launch a comedy show on NBC.[7] The "project revolves around mismatched brothers who reunite to open a private security company."[7] Cheadle will serve as an executive producer, along with McGruder, who will write the script.[8]

In 2009, Cheadle performed in The People Speak, a documentary feature film that uses dramatic and musical performances of the letters, diaries, and speeches of everyday Americans, based on historian Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States.[9]

In 2010, Cheadle assumed the role of James Rhodes in the film Iron Man 2, replacing Terrence Howard,[10] his Crash co-star.[11]

In 2010, Cheadle was appointed, "U.N. Environment Program Goodwill Ambassador."[12] He and Prendergast published their second book, The Enough Moment: Fighting to End Africa's Worst Human Rights Crimes, in 2010.

He also appeared in Derek Water's "Drunk History" video as Frederick Douglass.

Personal life

Cheadle in February 2007

According to the episode of the "National Heads-Up Poker Championship" aired on NBC on April 15, 2007, Cheadle defeated noted poker champion Phil Ivey in the first round of the tournament. The two met in the "Hearts & Diamonds" bracket. Cheadle, as an amateur player, was considered a significant underdog against the professional Ivey, notorious for his stone-cold "poker face". On the episode aired April 29, 2007, in the second round of the tournament, Cheadle was defeated and knocked out of the tournament by Vegas poker pro Scott Fischman. In the same tournament in 2009, he defeated David Pham in the first round only to lose to Paul Wasicka in the round of 32.

At the 2007 World Series of Poker, Cheadle and poker player Annie Duke organized an annual charity poker tournament, "Ante Up for Africa". Many Hollywood actors were expected to play in the tournament, which had a $5,000 buy-in. Money finishers were encouraged to donate part of their winnings to the International Rescue Committee or the Enough Project.[13] The annual tournament is one of two non-bracelet events listed on the official WSOP schedule.[14][15]

In 2007, Cheadle was awarded the BET Humanitarian award of the year for his numerous humanitarian services he rendered for the cause of the people of Darfur and Rwanda.[citation needed]

On December 13, 2007, Cheadle and fellow actor George Clooney were presented with the Summit Peace Award by the Nobel Peace Prize Laureates in Rome for their work to stop the genocide and relieve the suffering of the people of Darfur.[citation needed] The award was presented by the World Summit of Nobel Laureates, Mikhail Gorbachev, and TheCommunity.com.

In 2008, Cheadle's family history was profiled on the PBS series African American Lives 2. A DNA test shows that he may have ancestry in present day Cameroon.

Filmography

Filmography
Year Title Role Notes
1984 3 Days Angel
1985 Moving Violations Juicy Burgers Worker
1986 Punk
1987 Hamburger Hill Pvt. Washburn
1988 Colors Rocket
1992 Roadside Prophets Happy Days Manager
1993 Meteor Man, TheThe Meteor Man Goldilocks
1993 Lush Life Jack (TV movie)
1995 Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead Rooster
1995 Devil in a Blue Dress Mouse Alexander Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated—Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated—NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
1996 Rebound: The Legend of Earl "The Goat" Manigault Earl "The Goat" Manigault (TV movie)
Nominated—NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special
1997 Volcano Emmit Reese
1997 Rosewood Sylvester Carrier Nominated—NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
1997 Boogie Nights Buck Swope Florida Film Critics Circle Award for Best Cast
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
1998 Out of Sight Maurice Miller
1998 Rat Pack, TheThe Rat Pack Sammy Davis Jr. Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated—Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor – Miniseries or a Movie
Nominated—NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special
1998 Bulworth L.D. Nominated—NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
1999 Lesson Before Dying, AA Lesson Before Dying Grant Wiggins (TV movie)
Black Reel Award for Network/Cable – Best Actor
Nominated—Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor – Miniseries or a Movie
Nominated—NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film
2000 Traffic Montel Gordon Black Reel Award for Best Supporting Actor
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
2000 Mission to Mars Luke Graham
2000 Fail Safe Lt. Jimmy Pierce (TV movie)
2000 Family Man, TheThe Family Man Cash
2001 Things Behind the Sun Chuck Nominated—Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor – Miniseries or a Movie
Nominated—Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male
2001 Manic Dr. David Monroe
2001 Swordfish Agent J.T. Roberts
2001 Ticker Passenger
2001 Rush Hour 2 Kenny (uncredited)
2001 Ocean's Eleven Basher Tarr
2001 Abby Singer Himself
2003 United States of Leland, TheThe United States of Leland Pearl Madison
2004 Ocean's Twelve Basher Tarr Nominated—BET Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Theatrical Film
Nominated—Association Award for Best Cast
Nominated—NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
2004 After the Sunset Henri Mooré
2004 Assassination of Richard Nixon, TheThe Assassination of Richard Nixon Bonny Simmons
2004 "Unchained Memories" – Readings From The Slave Narratives Film received two Emmy nominations and won the Christopher Award
2004 Hotel Rwanda Paul Rusesabagina Satellite Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama
Nominated—Academy Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Nominated—Black Reel Award for Best Cast
Nominated—Black Reel Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama
Nominated—London Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor also for Crash
Nominated—NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture
Nominated—Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
2005 Crash Det. Graham Waters Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Nominated—BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Nominated—Black Movie Award for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
Nominated—Black Reel Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Gotham Award for Best Ensemble Cast
Nominated—London Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor also for Hotel Rwanda
Nominated—NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
2006 Dog Problem, TheThe Dog Problem Dr. Nourmand
2006 King Leopold's Ghost Narrator
2007 Reign Over Me Alan Johnson
2007 Talk to Me Petey Greene African-American Film Critics-Best Actor
Gotham Award for Best Ensemble Cast
Nominated—Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead
Nominated—NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
2007 Ocean's Thirteen Basher Tarr
2007 Darfur Now Himself
2008 Traitor Samir Horn Nominated—Black Reel Award for Best Actor
Nominated—NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture
2009 Hotel for Dogs Bernie
2009 People Speak, TheThe People Speak Himself Documentary
2010 Brooklyn's Finest Clarence 'Tango' Butler
2010 Iron Man 2 Col. James 'Rhodey' Rhodes/War Machine (replaces Terrence Howard)
2011 Guard, TheThe Guard FBI Agent Wendell Everett
Producer
Year Film Role Notes
2004 Crash Producer Academy Award for Best Picture
Black Movie Award for Outstanding Motion Picture
Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature
Nominated—BAFTA Award for Best Film
2007 Talk to Me Executive producer
2007 Darfur Now Producer
2008 Traitor Producer
2008 Crash Producer 2 Episodes (2008)
Television
Year Series Role Notes
1982 Fame Henry Lee 2 episodes
1986 L.A. Law Julian Tatoon Episode "Gibbon Take"
1986 Sidekicks Gang Leader Episode "The Last Electric Knight"
1987 Hill Street Blues Darius Milton Episode "Days of Swine and Roses"
1987 Bronx Zoo, TheThe Bronx Zoo Carver Episode "Small Victories"
1988 Night Court Jack Episode "Jung and the Restless"
1988 Hooperman Himself Episode "High Noon"
1989 Booker Himself Episode "The Pump"
1990 China Beach Angel Episode "Warriors"
1990 Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, TheThe Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Ice Tray (5 episodes)
1992–1993 Hangin' with Mr. Cooper Bennie (2 episodes)
1992–1993 Golden Palace, TheThe Golden Palace Roland Wilson (23 episodes)
1993–1995 Picket Fences D.A. John Littleton (38 episodes)
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (1995, 1996)
2000 Simpsons, TheThe Simpsons Brother Faith Episode: "Faith Off"
2002 Bernie Mac Show, TheThe Bernie Mac Show Cousin D (2 episodes) – "Sweet Home Chicago: Parts 1 & 2"
2002 ER Paul Nathan (4 episodes)
Nominated—Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor – Drama Series
2003 MADtv Perry Episode #9.3
Greys Anatomy
2011- CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Lloyd Prescott
2011 House of Lies Marty Kaan Main role
Voice acting
  • Iron Man 2: The Video Game[16] video game (2010), Col. James 'Rhodey' Rhodes/War Machine
Theatre

References

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  2. ^ Gates, Jr., Henry Louis (2009). In Search of Our Roots: How 19 Extraordinary African Americans Reclaimed Their Past (Biography). Crown. p. 353. ISBN 9780307382405. http://books.google.com/?id=0cralRa6tlYC&lpg=PP1&dq=isbn%3A9780307382405&pg=PP1. 
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  7. ^ a b 0 Comments (October 28, 2009). "Cheadle, McGruder Team For New Series". Blogs.bet.com. http://blogs.bet.com/entertainment/staytuned/cheadle-mcgruder-team-for-new-series/. Retrieved July 28, 2010. 
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