Dwight Henry (actor)
|Born||1962 (age 59–60)|
|Occupation||Actor, baker, businessman|
Dwight Henry (born 1962) is an American actor, baker, and businessman. He is best known for his role as Wink, Hushpuppy's father, in the film Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012). Additionally, Henry is the founder of the Buttermilk Drop Bakery in New Orleans.
Life and career
Born in Nashville, Tennessee, Henry moved to New Orleans, Louisiana, when he was a young child. Having lived there through adulthood, he founded Henry's Bakery and Deli near his home in the historic Tremé neighborhood. The bakery was successful enough that Henry planned to open a second location of his store, until Hurricane Katrina changed his plans.
Though he had no professional training or experience as an actor, the filmmakers of Beasts of the Southern Wild cast him in the film, while allowing him to operate his bakery regularly during shooting. Henry earned positive reviews for the film, which was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture, but insists that his primary career is managing his bakery, now called the Buttermilk Drop Bakery. He agreed to open a second location of his store in Harlem in the near future.
He continued his acting career and appeared in Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave (2013). He will portray Marvin Gay, Sr., the father and killer of the late soul music icon Marvin Gaye in the biopic Sexual Healing.
|2012||Beasts of the Southern Wild||Wink||Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor|
Nominated - Black Reel Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor
Nominated - Black Reel Award for Outstanding Breakthrough Performance
Nominated - Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated - Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Most Promising Performer
Nominated - NAACP Image Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated - Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated - Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Breakthrough Performance
|2013||12 Years a Slave||Uncle Abram|
|2015||Navy Seals vs. Zombies||Armed civilian|
|2016||The Birth of a Nation||Isaac Turner|
|2019||Easy Does It||Chief Parker|
|TBA||Sexual Healing||Marvin Gay, Sr.|
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