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Jeffrey Wright

Highest Rated:   95% Casino Royale (2006)
Lowest Rated:   7% Faithful (1996)
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Birthplace:   Washington, D.C., USA
Actor Jeffrey Wright has earned an estimable reputation as one of the most versatile character actors of his generation, both on-stage and onscreen. Jeffrey Wright was born in Washington, D.C., in late 1965. Wright's father died when he was only a year old, and his mother, a lawyer working with the United States Customs Department, raised him with the help of her sister, a nurse. A strong student, Wright attended the prestigious St. Alban's School for Boys in Washington, D.C., and went on to receive a B.A. in Political Science at Amherst College in 1987. While at Amherst, Wright developed an interest in acting, and decided to continue his studies in the Theater department at New York University. While Wright was good enough to win an acting scholarship at N.Y.U., after only two months he opted to strike out on his own as a professional. Roles in off-Broadway plays followed, and Wright scored his first film role in 1990 with a bit part in Presumed Innocent. After a number of television roles and much theater work, in 1994 Wright got his big break when he was cast as Belize, Roy Cohn's nurse, in the acclaimed Broadway drama Angels In America: Perestroika; his performance won him a Tony Award. In 1996, Wright scored a breakthrough film role when he was cast in the lead of Basquiat, delivering a strong performance alongside a veteran cast which included Gary Oldman, Willem Dafoe, Dennis Hopper, Christopher Walken, and Benicio del Toro. A steady flow of character roles followed, including showy supporting work in Celebrity, Ride With the Devil, and Shaft, while Wright gave a compelling performance as Dr. Martin Luther King in the made-for-cable film Boycott. Wright continued to pursue his love of live theater as well, winning an Obie Award in 2002 for his performance (opposite Don Cheadle) in Suzan-Lori Parks' play Topdog/Underdog. Critically-acclaimed screen roles in Lackawanna Blues, Broken Flowers, and Syriana kept Wright on the short list for producers in search of quality supporting players, and by bridging the gap between stage and screen with his multi-tiered role in the acclaimed HBO miniseries Angels in America, the actor would would earn both an Emmy and a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor. In 2006 Wright could be seen performing opposite Paul Giamatti and Bryce Dallas Howard in director M. NIght Shyamalan's modern fairytale Lady in the Water.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
80% Confirmation
  • Charles Ogletree
2016
77% The Good Dinosaur
  • Poppa
$94.2M 2015
70% The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2
  • Beetee
$254.7M 2015
65% The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1
  • Beetee
$295.5M 2014
86% Only Lovers Left Alive
  • Dr. Watson
2014
No Score Yet Mass Extinction: Life at the Brink
  • Actor
2014
89% The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
  • Beetee
$336.7M 2013
91% The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete
  • Henry
$0.5M 2013
50% A Single Shot
  • Simon
2013
28% Broken City
  • Commissioner Carl Fairbanks
$19.6M 2013
46% Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
  • William Black
$31.9M 2012
84% The Ides of March
  • Senator Thompson
$41M 2011
92% Source Code
  • Dr. Rutledge
$54.7M 2011
67% Cadillac Records
  • Muddy Waters
$8.2M 2008
65% Quantum of Solace
  • Felix leiter
$168.4M 2008
59% W.
  • Gen. Colin Powell
$25.6M 2008
No Score Yet The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Scandal of 1920
  • Actor
2008
80% Chicago 10
  • Bobby Seale
2008
No Score Yet Blackout
  • Nelson
  • Producer
2007
19% The Invasion
  • Dr. Stephen Galeano
$15.2M 2007
95% Casino Royale
  • Felix Leiter
$167.1M 2006
24% Lady in the Water
  • Mr. Dury
$42.3M 2006
No Score Yet Ali's 65
  • Narrator
2006
72% Syriana
  • Bennett Holiday
$50.9M 2005
88% Broken Flowers
  • Winston
$13.6M 2005
71% Lackawanna Blues
  • Small Paul
2005
No Score Yet Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet Topdog Diaries
  • Actor
2004
81% The Manchurian Candidate
  • Al Melvin
$65.8M 2004
No Score Yet Sin's Kitchen
  • Actor
2004
78% With All Deliberate Speed: The Legacy of Brown vs. Board
  • Narrator
2004
15% D-Tox (Eye See You)
  • Jaworski
2002
67% Ali
  • Howard Bingham
$58.2M 2001
No Score Yet Boycott
  • Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
2000
68% Shaft
  • Peoples Hernandez
$70.4M 2000
56% Hamlet
  • Gravedigger
2000
No Score Yet The Giraffe (Meschugge)
  • Actor
2000
21% Crime & Punishment in Suburbia
  • Chris
2000
63% Ride With the Devil
  • Daniel Holt
1999
No Score Yet Cement
  • Ninny
1999
No Score Yet Too Tired to Die
  • Balzac Man
1998
41% Celebrity
  • Off-Off Broadway Director
1998
59% Critical Care
  • Bed Two
1997
70% Basquiat
  • Jean-Michel Basquiat
1996
7% Faithful
  • Young Man at Rolls
1996
No Score Yet Jumpin' at the Boneyard
  • Derek
1992
83% Separate But Equal
  • William Coleman
1991
86% Presumed Innocent
  • Prosecuting Attorney
1990

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
89% Westworld
2015-2016
  • Bernard Lowe
  • 2016
No Score Yet Saving My Tomorrow
2014
  • Voice
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
91% Boardwalk Empire
2010-2014
  • Valentin Narcisse
  • 2014
  • 2013
No Score Yet Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell
2012-2013
  • Guest
  • 2013
No Score Yet House
2004-2012
  • Dr. Walter Cofield
  • 2012
No Score Yet Independent Lens
1999
  • Narrator
  • Voice
  • 2008
  • 2005
No Score Yet American Experience
1988
  • Narrator
  • Voice
  • 2007
89% Angels in America
2003
  • Belize/Mr. Lies Belize
  • 2003

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