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Don Cheadle Biography

Birth Name:
Donald Frank Cheadle Jr.
Birth Place:
Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Profession
Actor, director, musician

Fast Facts

  • Played Roland Wilson in the short-lived Golden Girls spin-off, Golden Palace (1992)
  • Won the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor in 1995 for Devil in a Blue Dress
  • Nominated for NAACP Image Awards for his work in Rosewood (1997) and Bulworth (1998)
  • Accompanied five members of Congress on a fact-finding mission to the Sudan to help spread awareness about refugee issues
  • Appeared in commercials for the National Football League
  • Founded the Ante Up for Africa poker tournament in 2006, which has raised over $3 million for victims of violence in Darfur and Rwanda
  • Named Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Environment Program in 2010

Awards

  • 2021Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy: nominated
  • 2020Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 2019Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 2016Grammy-Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media: winner
  • 2015Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Comedy or Musical: nominated
  • 2015Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 2014Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Comedy or Musical: nominated
  • 2014Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 2013Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 2013Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 2013Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Comedy or Musical: winner
  • 2012Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 2008Independent Spirit Awards-Best Male Lead: nominated
  • 2007African American Film Critics-Best Actor: winner
  • 2007Golden Satellite Award-Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: nominated
  • 2006Critics' Choice Awards-Best Acting Ensemble: winner
  • 2006BAFTA Film Awards-Best Film: nominated
  • 2006Independent Spirit Awards-Best First Feature: winner
  • 2005Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: nominated
  • 2005Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role: nominated
  • 2005London Film Critics Association-Best Actor: nominated
  • 2005Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: winner
  • 2005Critics' Choice Awards-Best Actor: nominated
  • 2005Critics' Choice Awards-Best Acting Ensemble: nominated
  • 2004Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 2004Oscar-Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 2004Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: nominated
  • 2003Emmy-Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 2002Independent Spirit Awards-Best Supporting Male: nominated
  • 2002Emmy-Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie: nominated
  • 2002Critics' Choice Awards-Best Acting Ensemble: nominated
  • 2000Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: winner
  • 1999Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie: nominated
  • 1997Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: nominated
  • 1995National Society of Film Critics-Best Supporting Actor: winner
  • 1995Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role: nominated
  • 1995Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 1994Los Angeles Film Critics Association-Best Supporting Actor: winner
  • 1994Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: nominated

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