More Jeffrey Wright Bios & Profiles
Biography #2 (for Broken Flowers)Jeffrey Wright continues to make his mark as an actor in films, on stage, and on television. His portrayal of Jean-Michel Basquiat in Julian Schnabel's Basquiat, which marked his first lead film role, brought him an Independent Spirit Award nomination. His subsequent films have included Sidney Lumet's Critical Care; Adrian Pasdar's Cement; Ang Lee's Ride with the Devil; John Singleton's Shaft; Michael Mann's Ali (as Howard Bingham); Jonathan Demme's The Manchurian Candidate; and Stephen Gaghan's upcoming Syriana.
Mr. Wright has had a long and rewarding association with New York City's Public Theatre. He has starred, at and for The Public, in Othello; King Lear; Julius Caesar; Bring in 'Da Noise, Bring in 'Da Funk; Suzan-Lori Parks' Pulitzer Prize-winning Topdog/Underdog (for which he won an OBIE Award and was nominated for a Tony Award); and, most recently, This is How It Goes.
For his portrayal of Belize in Tony Kushner's two-part theatrical event Angels in America, directed by George C. Wolfe, Mr. Wright won the Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Awards. He later reprised the role for Mike Nichols' epic miniseries, earning Golden Globe and Emmy Awards for his performance, as well as a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination.
He played Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Clark Johnson's telefilm Boycott, for which he was honored with an AFI Award. Mr. Wright also starred for frequent collaborator George C. Wolfe in the telefilm Lackawanna Blues, adapted by Ruben Santiago-Hudson from his play.
Bio courtesy Focus Features for "Broken Flowers" (16-Oct-2005)
Biography #3Wright was most recently seen in John Singleton's Shaft. He was also seen starring in Ang Lee's Ride With the Devil which was released domestically in November of 1999.
Additional films due for release include Detox, an action-thriller starring Sylvester Stallone, Too Tired to Die, a fantasy drama directed by Wonsuk Chin with Mira Sorvino, the independent film, Cement, which will feature actor Adrian Pasdar's feature film directorial debut and the short film Blossoms and Veils for Will Smith's production company, in which he stars with Jada Pinkett for director Shonda Rhimes.
Wright made his screen debut in the title role of Basquiat, the true story of the graffiti artist who became one of the most successful, controversial, and glamorous painters of the eighties modern art scene. Directed by Julian Schnabel, the film also starred David Bowie, Gary Oldman, Benicio del Toro and Courtney Love.
Other film credits include Sidney Lumet's Critical Care with James Spader and Kyra Sedgewick, Jeff Stanzler's Jumpin at the Boneyard, Paul Mazursky's Faithful, and Adrian Pasdar's acclaimed short film Beyond Belief.
Wright completed a successful run on Broadway at the Ambassador Theater in the award-winning musical Bring in 'da Noise Bring in 'da Funk. Wright starred in George C. Wolfe and Savion Glover's musical ode to African-American history. This summer, Wright will play Marc Antony in Shakespeare In The Park's presentation of Julius Caesar.
On television, Wright was last seen in a three-episode arc of the critical favorite, Homicide: Life on the Street. The Barry Levinson produced series featured Wright playing the son of James Earl Jones' character on the show.
Wright's television credits also include guest appearances on New York Undercover, The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, and the mini-series Separate But Equal.
Bio courtesy MGM (01-Jan-2000)