Cheadle at a Brooklyn's Finest interview, February 27, 2010
|Born||Donald Frank Cheadle, Jr.
November 29, 1964
Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.
|Occupation||Actor, producer, author|
|Partner(s)||Bridgid Coulter (1992–present)|
Donald Frank "Don" Cheadle, Jr. (//; born November 29, 1964) is an American actor and producer. Cheadle had an early role in Picket Fences and followed it with performances in Devil in a Blue Dress (1995), Rosewood (1997) and Boogie Nights (1997). He then started a collaboration with director Steven Soderbergh that resulted in the movies Out of Sight (1998), Traffic (2000) and Ocean's Eleven (2001). Other Cheadle films include The Rat Pack (1998), Things Behind the Sun (2001), Swordfish (2001), Crash (2004), Ocean's Twelve (2004), Ocean's Thirteen (2007), Reign Over Me (2007), Talk to Me (2007), Traitor (2008), Iron Man 2 (2010) and Iron Man 3 (2013).
In 2004, his lead role as Rwandan hotel manager Paul Rusesabagina in the genocide drama film Hotel Rwanda, which was set during the Rwandan Genocide earned him a nomination for an Academy Award for Best Actor. He also campaigns for the end of genocide in Darfur, Sudan, and co-authored, with John Prendergast, a book concerning the issue entitled Not On Our Watch: The Mission to End Genocide in Darfur and Beyond. Along with George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, David Pressman, and Jerry Weintraub, Cheadle co-founded the Not on Our Watch Project, an organization focusing global attention and resources to stop and prevent mass atrocities. In 2010, Cheadle was named U.N. Environment Program Goodwill Ambassador. He stars as Marty Kaan on the Showtime sitcom House of Lies, for which he most recently won a Golden Globe Award in 2013.
Cheadle was born in Kansas City, Missouri, the son of Bettye (née North), a teacher, and Donald Frank Cheadle, Sr., a clinical psychologist. He has a sister, Cindy, 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. After he graduated from East, Don went on to California Institute of the Arts, graduating with a B.A in Acting.
He then appeared in Hamburger Hill in 1987, and 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 No. 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 played a supporting role in The Golden Girls spin-off The Golden Palace. 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. He also starred in the 1997 film Volcano, directed by Mick Jackson.
Cheadle's 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.
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 get fans to 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.
Cheadle and Boondocks creator Aaron McGruder are working together to launch a comedy show on NBC. The "project revolves around mismatched brothers who reunite to open a private security company." Cheadle will serve as an executive producer, along with McGruder, who will write the script.
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.
In 2010, Cheadle was appointed, "U.N. Environment Program Goodwill Ambassador." 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. As of the show's January 8, 2012 premiere, Cheadle stars in the Showtime TV series House of Lies. He will also make an appearance in 2015 film, Avengers: Age of Ultron, reprising his role as Col. James Rhodes.
In 2013, Cheadle won the Golden Globe as Best Actor in a Comedy Series for his role in the "House of Lies".
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.
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.
|1985||Moving Violations||Juicy Burgers Worker|
|1987||Hamburger Hill||Pvt. Washburn|
|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|
|1996||Rebound: The Legend of Earl "The Goat" Manigault||Earl "The Goat" Manigault||TV movie|
|1997||Boogie Nights||Buck Swope|
|1998||Out of Sight||Maurice Miller|
|1998||Rat Pack, TheThe Rat Pack||Sammy Davis Jr.|
|1999||Lesson Before Dying, AA Lesson Before Dying||Grant Wiggins||TV movie|
|2000||Mission to Mars||Luke Graham|
|2000||Fail Safe||Lt. Jimmy Pierce||TV movie|
|2000||Family Man, TheThe Family Man||Cash|
|2001||Rush Hour 2||Kenny||Uncredited|
|2001||Things Behind the Sun||Chuck|
|2001||Manic||Dr. David Monroe|
|2001||Swordfish||Agent J.T. Roberts|
|2001||Ocean's Eleven||Basher Tarr|
|2003||The United States of Leland||Pearl Madison|
|2004||Ocean's Twelve||Basher Tarr|
|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|
|2004||Hotel Rwanda||Paul Rusesabagina|
|2005||Crash||Det. Graham Waters|
|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|
|2007||Ocean's Thirteen||Basher Tarr|
|2009||Hotel for Dogs||Bernie|
|2009||People Speak, TheThe People Speak||Himself||Documentary|
|2010||Brooklyn's Finest||Clarence 'Tango' Butler|
|2010||Iron Man 2||Lt Col. James "Rhodey" Rhodes/War Machine|
|2011||Guard, TheThe Guard||FBI Agent Wendell Everett|
|2013||Iron Man 3||Col. James "Rhodey" Rhodes/Iron Patriot|
|2015||Avengers: Age of Ultron||Col. James "Rhodey" Rhodes||Filming|
|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||Episode 5, "Homeboy, Sweet Homeboy"|
|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|
|2000||Simpsons, TheThe Simpsons||Brother Faith||Episode: "Faith Off"|
|2002||Bernie Mac Show, TheThe Bernie Mac Show||Cousin D||2 episodes|
|2002||ER||Paul Nathan||4 episodes|
|2011–present||House of Lies||Marty Kaan||Lead Role|
|2007||Talk to Me||Executive producer|
- Video games
- Topdog/Underdog off-Broadway performances (2001)
Awards and nominations
- Williams, Kam (January 12, 2009). "Don Cheadle: The Hotel for Dogs Interview". The Sly Fox. KamWilliams.com. Retrieved June 30, 2009.
- "Don Cheadle Wins Golden Globe For Best Comedy Actor". Huffington Post. January 13, 2013. Retrieved August 20, 2013.
- Gates, Jr., Henry Louis (January 2009). In Search of Our Roots: How 19 Extraordinary African Americans Reclaimed Their Past (Biography). Crown. p. 353. ISBN 978-0-307-38240-5.
- "How Did You Get Your SAG-AFTRA Card?" TV Guide. January 13, 2014. p. 10.
- "It's Evening in America". Vanity Fair. May 2012. Page 155.
- "Don Cheadle joins 'Iron Man 2'". Azcentral.com. October 14, 2008. Retrieved July 28, 2010.
- "Don Cheadle Joins Hotel for Dogs". Movieweb.com. Retrieved July 28, 2010.
- "Don Cheadle Talks to Us". Comingsoon.net. July 6, 2007. Retrieved July 28, 2010.
- Thomaselli, Rich (November 2, 2006). "Advertising Age". Adage.com. Retrieved July 28, 2010.
- 0 Comments (October 28, 2009). "Cheadle, McGruder Team For New Series". Blogs.bet.com. Retrieved July 28, 2010.
- Getty Images (October 26, 2009). "Don Cheadle, 'Boondocks' creator Aaron McGruder team on NBC comedy; Brad Pitt takes a tumble; and more: The Morning After". Cleveland.com. Retrieved July 28, 2010.
- "Credits". The People Speak. Retrieved July 28, 2010.
- Borys Kit (October 14, 2008). "Don Cheadle joins 'Iron Man 2'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved October 14, 2008.[dead link]
- "Actor Don Cheadle named goodwill ambassador for UN". Washington Post. Associated Press. June 6, 2010. Retrieved June 6, 2010.[dead link]
- Thompson, Arienne (December 12, 2013). "Don Cheadle mellow, 'barely awake' after Globes news". USA Today. Archived from the original on December 12, 2013. Retrieved December 12, 2013.
- Star-Studded Event At 2007 World Series Of Poker To Raise Awareness For Darfur Survivor. Don Cheadle and Annie Duke Organize "Ante Up for Africa"[dead link]
- "2nd ANNUAL ANTE UP FOR AFRICA POKER TOURNAMENT AT THE WSOP RAISES PUBLIC AWARENESS AND FUNDS TO HELP END THE CRISIS IN DARFUR". Ante Up for Africa. Archived from the original on February 17, 2008. Retrieved July 23, 2009.
- "2010 WSOP Schedule". Retrieved June 6, 2010.
- "BET AWARDS '07: HUMANITARIAN AWARD". Retrieved 2012-11-04.
- "African American Lives 2 . Profiles . Don Cheadle". PBS. Retrieved 2013-03-29.
- "Iron Man 2: The Video Game Gets Talented". Sega.com. Retrieved July 28, 2010.
- "Don Cheadle Is CAPTAIN PLANET in New Funny or Die Spoof | Collider | Page 112368". Collider. Retrieved 2013-03-29.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Don Cheadle.|
- Don Cheadle at the Internet Movie Database
- Don Cheadle: The Hotel for Dogs Interview with Kam Williams
- European edition of Don Cheadle's book Not on Our Watch, published by Maverick House Publishers 2007
- 10 Questions for Don Cheadle on Time.com (a division of Time Magazine)
- Not On Our Watch: George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Don Cheadle, Jerry Weintraub
- Don Cheadle signs TV production deal
- The People Speak at the Internet Movie Database
- 'The People Speak' (LA Times article)