Don Cheadle

Highest Rated: 100% Things Behind the Sun (2001)
Lowest Rated: 18% After the Sunset (2004)
Birthday: Nov 29, 1964
Birthplace: Kansas City, Missouri, USA
An acclaimed character actor of the stage, screen, and television, Don Cheadle often manages to steal most of the scenes in which he appears. That is no small feat, for the slender African-American actor has, at first glance, a rather unassuming physical presence, particularly when compared to some of his big-name co-stars. An actor whose style compliments rather than overshadows the performances of those around him, Cheadle stands out for his rare ability to bring a laid-back intensity and subtle charisma to his roles.A native of Kansas City, MO, Cheadle was born on November 29, 1964, to a psychologist father and bank manager mother. During his early childhood, his family moved to Denver and then Nebraska. One thing that remained a constant in Cheadle's childhood was his interest in performing, which began around the age of five. In addition to acting, he was interested in jazz music and his parents supported both of these endeavors. By the time he graduated from high school, he had scholarships from both music and acting schools; choosing the latter, he attended the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia. Following graduation, Cheadle made his film debut with a small role as a hamburger server in Moving Violations (1985). He honed his acting skills as a guest star on television series ranging from Hill Street Blues to Night Court, and, in 1992, he landed a regular role as a fussy hotel manager on The Golden Palace. Although the show faltered after only one season, Cheadle landed on his feet, subsequently snagging the plum role of earnest district attorney John Littleton on Picket Fences (1993-1995). While he was building a career on television, Cheadle was also earning a reputation in feature films. He first made an impression on audiences with his lead role in Hamburger Hill (1987), and, in 1994, he had his true screen breakthrough portraying Denzel Washington's best friend in Devil in a Blue Dress. So good was his performance -- which earned him a number of film critics awards -- that many felt an Oscar nomination was inevitable; when the Academy passed him over, many, including Cheadle, wondered why. However, the actor chalked it up to politics and got on with his career, working steadily throughout the remainder of the decade. 1997 proved to be a big year for him: he co-starred in three major films, Volcano, Boogie Nights, and John Singleton's Rosewood. He won particular praise for his work in the latter two films, earning nominations for SAG and Image awards.The following year, Cheadle made a triumphant return to television with his portrayal of Sammy Davis Jr. in The Rat Pack, winning an Emmy nomination and a Golden Globe award. Also in 1998, he did stellar work in Steven Soderbergh's Out of Sight and Warren Beatty's Bulworth, playing a down and dirty ex-con in the former and a drug lord in the latter. Another Emmy nomination followed in 1999, for Cheadle's powerful portrayal of a school teacher sent in to counsel a young man on death row, in A Lesson Before Dying. Cheadle would become something of a fixture in Soderbergh's films, and in fact delivered a stunning performance as a federal drug agent in the director's epic muckraking drama Traffic (2000).Cheadle then turned up in Soderbergh's remake of the Rat Pack classic Ocean's Eleven in 2002.The chasm between Traffic and Ocean's Eleven (not in terms of quality but in terms of intended audience and depth) is instructive; it established a definitive career pattern for Cheadle during the mid-late 2000s. Throughout that period, the gifted actor continually projected versatility by alternating between buttered-popcorn pictures - such as Soderbergh's 2004 and 2007 follow ups to Eleven (Ocean's Twelve and Ocean's Thirteen) - and more complex, demanding, intelligent material. For example, in 2004 (a particularly vital year for Cheadle) the actor delivered a four-barrelled lead portrayal in the heart-wrenching docudrama Hotel Rwanda. In that politically-tinged, factuall

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Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
85% Avengers: Infinity War James Rhodes/War Machine 2018
No Score Yet August 28th: A Day in the Life of a People Actor 2018
75% Kevin Hart: What Now? Himself 2016
91% Captain America: Civil War James Rhodes/War Machine 2016
73% Miles Ahead Director Miles Davis Screenwriter Producer 2016
75% Avengers: Age of Ultron Colonel James Rhodes/War Machine 2015
77% St. Vincent Executive Producer 2014
80% Iron Man 3 Colonel James Rhodes 2013
78% Flight Hugh Lang 2012
33% A Man's Story Actor 2012
No Score Yet La Source Narrator 2012
No Score Yet I Ain't Scared Of You: A Tribute To Bernie Mac Actor 2012
94% The Guard Wendell Everett 2011
73% Iron Man 2 Colonel James 'Rhodey' Rhodes 2010
44% Brooklyn's Finest Tango 2010
46% Hotel for Dogs Bernie 2009
No Score Yet The People Speak Actor 2009
65% Traitor Producer Samir Horn 2008
No Score Yet Independent Lens Narrator 2008
73% Darfur Now Producer Actor 2007
63% The Dog Problem Dr. Nourmand 2007
82% Talk to Me Ralph Waldo "Petey" Green Executive Producer 2007
70% Ocean's Thirteen Basher Tarr/Fender Roads 2007
64% Reign Over Me Alan Johnson 2007
No Score Yet African American Lives 2 Actor 2007
92% King Leopold's Ghost Narrator 2006
No Score Yet African American Lives Actor 2006
No Score Yet Topdog Diaries Actor 2004
No Score Yet America Beyond the Color Line Actor 2004
67% The Assassination of Richard Nixon Bonny Simmons 2004
91% Hotel Rwanda Paul Rusesabagina 2004
55% Ocean's Twelve Basher Tarr 2004
18% After the Sunset Kingpin 2004
74% Crash Det. Graham Waters Producer 2004
34% The United States of Leland Pearl Madison 2004
No Score Yet Independent Lens Actor 2004
67% Manic Dr. David Monroe 2003
No Score Yet Ticker Actor 2002
No Score Yet Independent Lens Actor 2002
No Score Yet Unchained Memories: Readings from the Slave Narratives Actor 2002
82% Ocean's Eleven Basher 2001
52% Rush Hour 2 Kenny (uncredited) 2001
26% Swordfish J.T. Roberts 2001
100% Things Behind the Sun Chuck 2001
No Score Yet Sumo East and West Actor 2001
92% Traffic Montel 2000
53% The Family Man Cash 2000
100% Fail Safe Pierce 2000
25% Mission to Mars Luke Graham 2000
80% A Lesson Before Dying Grant Wiggins 1999
69% The Rat Pack Sammy Davis Jr. 1998
93% Out of Sight Maurice Miller 1998
76% Bulworth L.D. 1998
93% Boogie Nights Buck Swope 1997
50% Volcano Emmit Reese 1997
85% Rosewood Sylvester Carrier 1997
No Score Yet Rebound: The Legend of Earl the Goat Manigault Earl Manigault 1996
33% Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead Rooster 1995
88% Devil in a Blue Dress Mouse 1995
No Score Yet Lush Life Jack 1994
29% The Meteor Man Goldilocks 1993
83% Roadside Prophets Happy Days Manager 1992
81% Colors Rocket 1988
100% Hamburger Hill Washburn 1987
No Score Yet Moving Violations Juicy Burgers Worker 1985

TV

CREDIT
52% Black Monday
2019
Mo
  • 2019
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
Host
  • 2019
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Trevor Noah
2015
Guest
  • 2019
No Score Yet Black Hollywood: They've Gotta Have Us
2018
Appearing
  • 2018
No Score Yet Running Wild With Bear Grylls
2014
Guest
  • 2018
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
Appearing Guest
  • 2018
  • 2016
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
No Score Yet Lip Sync Battle
2015
Performer
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
38% Chelsea
2016-2017
Guest
  • 2016
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden
2015-2018
Guest
  • 2016
No Score Yet The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
Guest
  • 2016
No Score Yet Charlie Rose
2013-2017
Guest
  • 2016
  • 2014
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
Guest Performer
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
No Score Yet Years of Living Dangerously
2014-2016
Reporter
  • 2016
  • 2014
77% House of Lies
2012-2016
Producer Executive Producer Director Marty Kaan
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
100% The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore
2015-2016
Panelist
  • 2015
No Score Yet Variety Studio: Actors on Actors
2015
Guest
  • 2015
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
Guest
  • 2015
  • 2014
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
1993-2015
Guest
  • 2015
  • 2014
No Score Yet Hollywood Game Night
2013
Appearing
  • 2014
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson
2005-2014
Guest
  • 2014
No Score Yet Conan
2010
Guest
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
Guest
  • 2013
No Score Yet Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell
2012-2013
Guest
  • 2013
No Score Yet The View
1997
Guest
  • 2013
  • 2010
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
Guest
  • 2013
  • 2010
  • 2001
  • 2000
No Score Yet CBS This Morning
2012
Guest
  • 2012
No Score Yet Colbert Report
2005-2014
Guest
  • 2010
100% Funny Or Die Presents
2010-2011
Appearing
  • 2010
7% Crash
2008-2009
Producer
  • 2009
  • 2008
No Score Yet Independent Lens
1999
Appearing Host Voice Host (Season 2)
  • 2009
  • 2004
  • 2003
No Score Yet The Henry Rollins Show
2006-2007
Guest
  • 2007
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
1999-2015
Guest
  • 2007
  • 2005
No Score Yet Real Time With Bill Maher
2003
Guest
  • 2005
No Score Yet ER
1994-2009
Paul Nathan
  • 2002
No Score Yet The Bernie Mac Show
2001-2006
D
  • 2002
85% The Simpsons
1989
Voice
  • 2000
No Score Yet The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
1990-1996
Ice Tray
  • 1990
No Score Yet Night Court
1984-1992
Jack
  • 1988
No Score Yet Hill Street Blues
1981-1987
  • 1987

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