Wright in July 2013.
December 7, 1965
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Jeffrey Wright (born December 7, 1965) is an American film, television and stage actor. He is known for such roles as Jean-Michel Basquiat in , Basquiat Felix Leiter in the James Bond films and Casino Royale , Valentin Narcisse in the Quantum of Solace HBO series , and Boardwalk Empire Beetee in . The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Early life [ edit ]
Wright was born in
Washington, D.C., to a mother who worked as a customs lawyer and a father who died when Wright was a child. [1 ] He graduated from [2 ] St Albans School and attended Amherst College, receiving a bachelor's degree in political science and planning to attend law school; however, he decided to study acting instead. After attending New York University for two months, he left to become a full-time actor. [3 ]
Wright began appearing
off-Broadway in New York City and Washington DC, and in 1990, he appeared in his first major film as an attorney in , which starred Presumed Innocent Harrison Ford. In 1991, Wright joined John Houseman's national touring repertory company The Acting Company with productions of and A Midsummer Night's Dream Athol Fugard's . In 1994, he was cast as Norman "Belize" Arriaga in Blood Knot Tony Kushner's award-winning play . His portrayal of a Angels in America gay nurse forced to take care of Roy Cohn as he dies of AIDS won him the Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play.
In 1996, Wright portrayed painter
Jean-Michel Basquiat in the film , to critical acclaim. Throughout the 1990s and early 2000s, Wright appeared in both leading and supporting roles in such films as Basquiat (1998), Celebrity (1999), Ride with the Devil (2000), and Shaft Boycott (2001), where he gave an AFI Award-winning performance as Martin Luther King, Jr.. In 2003, Wright reprised his role as Norman "Belize" Arriaga in HBO's award-winning adaptation of . His performance garnered him an Angels in America Emmy award as well as a Golden Globe award for Best Supporting Actor in a miniseries. In 2004, he appeared in Jonathan Demme's remake of . In February 2005, Wright returned to The Manchurian Candidate HBO Films in . He also guest starred on Lackawanna Blues and The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles . Homicide: Life on the Street
Among his other film roles was Washington attorney Bennett Holiday in
(2005). The same year, he played Syriana Bill Murray's eccentric Ethiopian neighbor Winston in . In 2005, he starred in the play Broken Flowers . He also appeared as one of the tenants in This Is How It Goes . In 2006, Wright was featured as Lady in the Water Felix Leiter in the James Bond movie . He reprised the role in Casino Royale . Quantum of Solace [4 ]
Wright at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 28, 2007.
In 2007, Wright starred in the alien invasion suspense thriller
. In 2008, he portrayed The Invasion Colin Powell in He portrayed W. Muddy Waters in , a biopic, loosely about the rise and fall of Cadillac Records Chess Records. In 2010, Wright played Jacques Cornet in the world premiere run of at the A Free Man of Color Vivian Beaumont Theater of the Lincoln Center for Performing Arts in New York City.
Beetee in film series, starting with The Hunger Games , released in November 2013. He also landed the role of Dr. Valentin Narcisse in season 4 of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire , starting in the fall of 2013. Boardwalk Empire [5 ]
Personal life [ edit ]
Wright married actress
Carmen Ejogo in August 2000. They have a son named Elijah and a daughter named TK and live in Brooklyn, New York. In 2004, Wright received an honorary degree from his alma mater, [1 ] Amherst College. [6 ]
Wright has been a longtime activist working to end resource-related conflicts. In 2011, Wright established Taia Lion Resources, a mineral exploration company focused on ethical and sustainable mining in Sierra Leone.
In August 2012, Wright's conflict-free mining philosophy was highlighted in a video by the [7 ] Enough Project. [8 ]
Filmography [ edit ]
Television [ edit ]
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