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Jeffrey Wright Biography

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

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

  • 2020Emmy-Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 2018Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 2017Emmy-Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 2016Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 2014Critics' Choice Television Awards-Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 2013Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 2006Critics' Choice Awards-Best Acting Ensemble: nominated
  • 2006Independent Spirit Awards-Best Supporting Male: nominated
  • 2005San Diego Film Critics Association-Best Supporting Actor: winner
  • 2004Emmy-Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie: winner
  • 2004Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: winner
  • 2001American Film Institute-Best Male Actor in a Television Movie or Mini-Series: winner
  • 2000Toronto Film Critics Association-Best Supporting Actor: winner
  • 1997Independent Spirit Awards-Best Debut Performance: nominated

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