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Harry Lennix

Harry Lennix is an accomplished film, television and stage actor who is currently starring in the Golden Globe nominated hit ABC show Commander in Chief as Jim Gardner, the Chief of Staff. Some other critically acclaimed and highly-successful projects he has starred in include the Oscar winning film Ray with Jamie Foxx for which he received a SAG Award nomination and both The Matrix: Reloaded and The Matrix: Revolutions. Lennix received much critical acclaim and a Golden Satellite Award as Aaron in Julie Taymor's Titus, bringing new life to the toxic literary villain opposite Anthony Hopkins. He has worked with a myriad of accomplished actors and directors including Spike Lee in Get On The Bus, Robert Townsend in The Five Heartbeats, Ben Kingsley in Suspect Zero, Billy Bob Thornton in Chrystal and Anthony Hopkins once again in The Human Stain. His other film credits include Barbershop 2 and Love and Basketball.

In addition to his distinguished film career, Lennix made his mark on the small screen with his role as the legendary Adam Clayton Powell Jr. in Showtime's Keep The Faith Baby for which he won a Black Reel Award and was nominated for both an NAACP Image Award and a Golden Satellite Award. He continued to make his presence known with recurring roles on ER and Diagnosis Murder and other guest starring appearances.

Lennix has directed and appeared in stage productions across the country, including the Northlight Theater Company's production of Permanent Collection, which recently closed at the Greenway Arts Alliance in Los Angeles under his co-direction, and will be remounted at Los Angeles' Kirk Douglas Theater. He directed the stage version of Townsend's The Five Heartbeats, which received 3 NAACP Theater Award nominations and The Glass Menagerie for the Steppenwolf Theater Company.

As a stage actor, Lennix was the first distinguished recipient of an Ollie Award for his portrayal of Malcolm X at the Goodman Theater in Chicago and two Joseph Jefferson Citations for his roles in Ma Rainey's Black Bottom and Caught in the Act and starred as King Hedley II at the Mark Taper Forum. In 2001, he was part of the first American company to be invited to the Royal Shakespeare Company in the production of Cymbeline.

Lennix has also been extremely active in his native Chicago community where he was an English and music teacher before becoming an actor. He founded Legacy Productions with renowned director Chuck Smith in 1989. The company is dedicated to promoting significant works about the African American experience. He is on the staff of the Goodman Theater Co. He also is active in various civic groups and is on the Advisory Council for his alma mater, Northwestern University.

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Harry Lennix Facts

Birth Name Harry Joseph Lennix
BirthdayNovember 16, 1964 (59)
BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, USA
Height6' 4" (1m93)  How tall is Harry Lennix compared to you?

Selected Filmography

Commander In Chief (2005) tv user recommendation as Jim Gardner (breakthrough)
Ray (2004)
Pumpkin (2002)
Love and Basketball (2000)
Titus (2000)
Guarding Tess (1994)
Bob Roberts (1992)
The Five Heartbeats (1991)
The Human Stain
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