Harry Lennix

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Harry Lennix
Harry Lennix by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Lennix at the San Diego Comic Con International in San Diego, California, July 20, 2013
Born Harry Joseph Lennix III
(1964-11-16) November 16, 1964 (age 49)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1989–present

Harry Joseph Lennix III[1] (born November 16, 1964) is an American actor. He is best known for his roles as Terrence "Dresser" Williams in the Robert Townsend film The Five Heartbeats and as Boyd Langton in the Joss Whedon television series Dollhouse. Lennix currently co-stars as Harold Cooper, Assistant Director of the FBI Counterterrorism Division, on the NBC drama The Blacklist.

Early life[edit]

The youngest of four siblings, Lennix was born in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Lillian C. (née Vines), a laundress, and Harry Lennix, Jr., a machinist.[2][3] Lennix's father was a Creole from Louisiana.[4] Lennix attended Quigley Preparatory Seminary South and Northwestern University, majoring in Acting and Direction. In his senior year at Northwestern, he was the coordinator of the African-American student organization, For Members Only.[5] He taught music and civics for several years in the Chicago Public School system and is a frequent lecturer.


Lennix starred in the made-for-cable television film Keep the Faith, Baby as Rev. Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., the legendary Harlem Congressman from 1944 to 1972, debuting on Showtime Networks on February 17, 2002. Lennix has had supporting roles in films such as The Matrix series, The Five Heartbeats, the Spike Lee film Get on the Bus, Stomp the Yard, Ray, Love & Basketball, Barbershop 2: Back in Business, and State of Play. In television, he had a recurring role in Diagnosis: Murder as Agent Ron Wagner, as well as a voice-over role in the Legion of Super Heroes animated series. He starred in the ABC television series Commander in Chief and the movie Titus (based on Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus) as Aaron the Moor. He had a recurring role in the sixth season of 24 as fictional Muslim civil rights activist Walid Al-Rezani. He appeared on the series House M.D. as a paralyzed jazz trumpet player, and appeared in six episodes of ER as Dr. Greg Fischer.[6] He also appeared in the episode "The Blame Game" of the first season of Ally McBeal.

He played the part of Boyd Langton in Joss Whedon's series Dollhouse.[7] and the President of the United States in the comedy sketch show Little Britain USA.

In 2007 he was an official festival judge at the first annual Noor Iranian Film Festival.


Year Title Role Notes
1989 Package, TheThe Package Field Soldier
1991 Five Heartbeats, TheThe Five Heartbeats Dresser
1992 Mo' Money Tom Dilton as Harry J. Lennix
Bob Roberts Franklin Dockett
1994 Guarding Tess Kenny Young
1995 Clockers Bill Walker
1996 Get on the Bus Randall
1997 Chicago Cab, aka Hellcab Irate Boyfriend as Harry J. Lennix
1999 Titus Aaron Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture Drama
2002 Pumpkin Robert Meary
Collateral Damage Dray
2003 Human Stain, TheThe Human Stain Mr. Silk
Matrix Reloaded, TheThe Matrix Reloaded Commander Lock
Matrix Revolutions, TheThe Matrix Revolutions Commander Lock
2004 Chrystal Kalid
Barbershop 2: Back in Business Quentin Leroux
Suspect Zero Rich Charleton
Ray Joe Adams Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
2006 Sharif Don't Like It Tom
2007 Stomp the Yard Nate
Resurrecting the Champ Bob Satterfield, Jr.
Across the Universe Army Sergeant
2009 State of Play Det. Donald Bell
2010 Mr. Sophistication Ron Waters
2012 A Beautiful Soul Jeff Freeze
2013 Man of Steel General Swanwick
Year Title Role Notes
1989 Mother's Courage: The Mary Thomas Story, AA Mother's Courage: The Mary Thomas Story Nero TV movie
1990 Perry Mason: The Case of the Defiant Daughter Prosecutor Keith Warner TV movie
1992 In the Best Interest of the Children Tim Coffey TV movie
1994 Vanishing Son II Andre Laine TV movie
Vanishing Son IV Andre Laine TV movie
1995–1996 The Client Daniel Holbrook TV series, 3 episodes
1997 ER Dr. Greg Fischer TV series, 6 episodes
2002 Keep the Faith, Baby Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. TV movie, Black Reel Award for Best Actor in a Television Movie/Mini-Series
NAMIC Vision Award for Best Performance—Drama
Nominated—Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film
2005 House M.D. John Henry Giles TV series, 1 episode
2005–2006 Commander in Chief Jim Gardner TV series, 19 episodes. Nominated—Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
2007 24 Walid Al-Rezani TV series, 6 episodes
2008 Little Britain USA President of the United States TV series, 4 episodes
2009–2010 Dollhouse Boyd Langton TV series, 26 episodes
2013 Emily Owens M.D. Tim Dupre TV series, 6 episodes
2013–present The Blacklist Harold Cooper TV series


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