Harry Lennix

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Harry Lennix
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Lennix at the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con
Harry Joseph Lennix III

(1964-11-16) November 16, 1964 (age 56)
Alma materNorthwestern University
Years active1989–present
Djena Graves
(m. 2009)

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 (1991) and as Boyd Langton in the science-fiction series Dollhouse. Lennix currently co-stars as Harold Cooper, Assistant Director of the FBI Counterterrorism Division, on the NBC drama The Blacklist. Lennix played General and then Secretary of Defense Calvin Swanwick / J'onn J'onzz / Martian Manhunter in the DC Extended Universe.

Early life[edit]

The youngest of four siblings, Lennix was born in Chicago, Illinois, to Lillian C. (née Vines), a laundress, and Harry Lennix Jr., a machinist.[2][3] His mother was African-American and his father was a Creole from Louisiana.[4] Lennix attended Quigley Preparatory Seminary South and Northwestern University, where he majored in Acting and Direction. In his senior year at Northwestern, he was the coordinator of the African-American student organization, For Members Only.[5]


Lennix starred in the Showtime Networks made-for-cable television film Keep the Faith, Baby (2002) as Rev. Adam Clayton Powell Jr., who was a legendary Harlem Congressman from 1944 to 1972; in the movie Titus (1999), based on Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus, as Aaron the Moor; and in the ABC television series Commander in Chief. Lennix currently co-stars as Harold Cooper, Assistant Director of the FBI Counterterrorism Division, on the NBC drama The Blacklist, which debuted September 23, 2013.

In film, Lennix has had supporting roles such as The Five Heartbeats (1991), Comfortably Numb (1995), Get on the Bus (1996), Love & Basketball (2000), The Matrix series (1999–2003), Ray (2004), Barbershop 2: Back in Business (2004), Stomp the Yard (2007), and State of Play (2009).

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 also 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 in six episodes of ER as Dr. Greg Fischer.[citation needed] He also appeared in the episode "The Blame Game" of the first season of Ally McBeal. He played the parts of Boyd Langton in Joss Whedon's series Dollhouse[6] and U.S. president Barack Obama in the comedy sketch show Little Britain USA.

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

In July 2014, he formed his own production company Exponent Media Group (EMG) along with long time business partner Steve Harris.[7] EMG had a distribution deal with NEHST studios for three of the company's titles Mr. Sophistication, H4 (a street version of William Shakespeare's Henry IV, which he also starred in), and Revival![7]

Personal life[edit]

In 2009, Lennix married business executive Djena Graves.[8][9]



Year Title Role Notes
1983 Bad Boys Inmate Uncredited
1989 The Package Field Soldier
1991 The 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
Comfortably Numb Hamlin Day
1996 Get on the Bus Randall
1997 Chicago Cab Irate Boyfriend AKA Hellcab, as Harry J. Lennix
1999 Titus Aaron Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture Drama
2000 Love & Basketball Nathan Wright
2002 Pumpkin Robert Meary
Collateral Damage FBI Agent Dray
2003 The Matrix Reloaded Commander Lock
The Human Stain Mr. Silk
The 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
2012 The Last Fall Ron Davis
H4 King Henry IV
A Beautiful Soul Jeff Freeze
2013 Man of Steel Calvin Swanwick
Evidence Ben
Mr. Sophistication Ron Waters
They Die by Dawn Sheriff Bass Reeves
2014 Cru (C.R.U.) Diego Glass
The Algerian Suleyman
2015 Justice League: Throne of Atlantis David Hyde / Black Manta Voice role
Chi-Raq Commissioner Blades
2016 Timeless Johnson
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Calvin Swanwick
2018 Canal Street DJ Terrance Palmer
2020 Emperor Frederick Douglass
2021 Zack Snyder's Justice League J'onn J'onzz / Calvin Swanwick / Martian Manhunter


Year Title Role Notes
1986 Jack and Mike Fraternity Brother Episode: "Personal Foul"
1989 A Mother's Courage:
The Mary Thomas Story
Nero Television film
1991 The Case of the Defiant Daughter Prosecutor Keith Warner Television film
1992 In the Best Interest of the Children Tim Coffey Television film
1994 Vanishing Son II Andre Laine Television film
1994 Vanishing Son IV Andre Laine Television film
1995–96 The Client Daniel Holbrook 3 episodes
1996 The Parent 'Hood Sergeant Rutledge Episode: "Goodfella"
1996–97 Murder One Mr. Parnell / David Bronson 2 episodes
1997 Friends 'Til the End Prof. Gunderson Television film
1997 ER Dr. Greg Fischer 6 episodes
1997–98 Diagnosis: Murder Agent Ron Wagner 6 episodes
1997 Living Single Clayton Simmons Episode: "The Best Laid Plans"
1998 Ally McBeal Ballard Episode: "The Blame Game"
1998 Any Day Now Garrett Episode: "Unfinished Symphony"
1998 The Practice Attorney Wayland Holmes Episode: "The Pursuit of Dignity"
1999 Judging Amy Mr. Newman Episode: "An Impartial Bias"
1999 JAG Agent John Nichols Episode: "Contemptuous Words"
2002 Keep the Faith, Baby Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Television film
Black Reel Award for Best Actor in a Television Movie/Mini-Series
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
2002 Girlfriends Earl Episode: "My Mother, Myself"
2003 The Practice Asst. Attorney General Parker Episode: "Final Judgment"
2003 The Handler DEA Handler Episode: "Street Boss"
2004 Century City Attorney Attwell Episode: "Love and Games"
2004 Second Time Around Dr. Oakes Episode: "For Better or Worse"
2005 House M.D. John Henry Giles Episode: "DNR"
2005–06 Commander in Chief Jim Gardner 19 episodes
Nominated—NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
2006 Legion of Super Heroes Dr. Mar Londo (voice) Episode: "Timber Wolf"
2007 24 Walid Al-Rezani 5 episodes
2008 Little Britain USA President of the United States 4 episodes
2009–10 Dollhouse Boyd Langton 25 episodes
2010 Undercovers Gary Bloom Episode: "Funny Money"
2011 Law & Order: LA Agent Bossy Episode: "Plummer Park"
2012–13 Emily Owens, M.D. Tim Dupre 6 episodes
2013–present The Blacklist Harold Cooper 132 episodes
2013 Quick Draw Sheriff Nat Love Episode: "Nicodemus"
2016–20 Billions Franklin Sacker 5 episodes
2017 The Blacklist: Redemption Harold Cooper Episode: "Whitehall"
2017 Transformers: Robots in Disguise Cyclonus, Galvatronus (voices) 2 episodes
2018 Insecure Marcus Walker Episode: "Ghost-Like"
TBA Army of the Dead: Lost Vegas Boorman (voice) Upcoming


  1. ^ "Djena Graves and Harry Lennix III". The New York Times. June 28, 2009.
  2. ^ Herguth, Bob (April 16, 1991). "Harry J. Lennix". Chicago Sun-Times.
  3. ^ Harry J. Lennix Biography (1965?–)
  4. ^ Harrison, Eric (January 14, 2000). "In Titus, He's the Face of Pure Evil; Movies * Harry J. Lennix's role in Julie Taymor's film should bring him more opportunities—and recognition". Los Angeles Times.
  5. ^ "Harry Lennix". SpeakingOfStories.org. Archived from the original on February 14, 2015. Retrieved September 25, 2013.
  6. ^ Dos Santos, Kristin; Jennifer Godwin (April 15, 2008). "Exclusive Pilot Details: Welcome to the Dollhouse!". E! Online. Retrieved April 16, 2008.
  7. ^ a b "Harry Lennix – Andrew E. Freedman Public Relations". www.aefpr.com. Retrieved January 7, 2018.
  8. ^ "Djena Graves and Harry Lennix III". The New York Times. June 26, 2009. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved January 7, 2018.
  9. ^ "Djena Graves Lennix: Executive Profile & Biography". www.bloomberg.com. Retrieved January 7, 2018.

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