Jeffrey Wright

  • Birth Place: Washington, District of Columbia, United States
  • Profession: Actor
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Fast Facts

  • Father died when he was a baby; was raised by his mother, a lawyer for the U.S. Customs Department.
  • Originally planned to attend law school but decided to study acting instead. Fittingly, his first film role was an attorney in Presumed Innocent (1990).
  • In 1993, joined the Broadway cast of Tony Kushner's award-winning play Angels in America; later recreated the role of nurse Belize for the 2003 HBO adaptation.
  • Won a 2001 American Film Institute Actor of the Year Award for his portrayal of Martin Luther King Jr. in the HBO miniseries Boycott.
  • Received an honorary degree from Amherst College in 2004.
  • Founded Taia Lion Resources, an organization devoted to finding ethical mining solutions in Sierra Leone, in 2011.

Awards

  • 2017, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2018, Tribeca Film Festival — Best Actor in a U.S. Narrative Feature Film: Winner
  • 2002, Tony — Actor (Play): Nominee
  • 1997, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Debut Performance: Nominee
  • 2013, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2004, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie: Winner
  • 2016, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2006, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Supporting Male: Nominee
  • 2018, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2004, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Winner
  • 1994, Tony — Actor (Featured Role--Play): Winner
  • 2014, Critics' Choice Television Awards — Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2006, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Acting Ensemble: Nominee
  • 2003, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries: Nominee

Relationships

  • Elijah — Son
  • Carmen Ejogo — Wife
  • Juno — Daughter

College

  • Amherst College, Amherst, Massachusetts, United States (BA in Political Science, 1987); attended New York University, Tisch School of the Arts, New York, New York, United States

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  • Birth Place: Washington, District of Columbia, United States
  • Profession: Actor