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With a resume that’s as varied and expansive as it is rich in depth of the characters he brings to life, Academy Award nominee Don Cheadle is, without question, one of the most highly sought after and premier actors of his generation.
Turning in consistently powerful performances, Don has not only taken on challenging roles, but put his talents into producing projects he believes in as well.
Most recently, Don reprised his role of ‘Colonel James Rhodes’ from the 2010 and 2013 Marvel mega-box-office-hit films Iron Man 2 and Iron Man 3 in Avengers: Age of Ulton as he did in Captain American: Civil War. Next year, he’ll reprise his role once again in the Untitled Avengers install, which is scheduled to be released on May 3, 2019.
Upcoming, Don will star alongside Lil Rey Howery and Kevin Hart in Black Stallions. The comedy film about rival brother jockeys was recently required by Netflix for distribution.
Don directed his first feature film, Miles Ahead, which he also co-wrote and produced. Don also starred in the film, based on the life of legendary jazz artist, Miles Davis. The film co-starred Ewan McGregor. The film, which closed the New York Film Festival in October 2015, was released in Spring 2016. Don received an NAACP Image Award nomination for his role and Miles Ahead won the Grammy Award for Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media in 2017.
Don starred as ‘Marty Kaan’ on the critically acclaimed Showtime series House of Lies. The series ran from 2012-2016 and had five tremendously successful seasons. House of Lies has earned multiple nominations for the series and Don himself, including four Emmy nominations, an NAACP Image Award and five additional NAACP Image Award nominations, a Golden Globe® Award and two additional Golden Globe® nominations and a SAG Award nomination. In addition to starring, Don was also Executive Producer of the series and he also stepped behind the camera as director.
Don recently voiced the one and only “Donald Duck” on the season finale of DuckTales which aired on August 18, 2018 on Disney Channel and DisneyNow.
Upcoming, Don will return to Showtime in the half-hour Wall Street comedy Ball Street alongside Andrew Rannells and Regina Hall. Written by David Caspe and Jordan Cahan, and executive produced by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, the series takes place back to October 19, 1987 – aka Black Monday, the worst stock market crash in Wall Street history. The series is set to premiere in 2019.
Don is well known for his passionate performances on stage and screen, stemming from his breakout performance opposite Denzel Washington in with Devil in A Blue Dress, where he was named Best Supporting Actor by the Los Angeles Film Critics.
In 2014 Cheadle produced the feature St. Vincent, which starred Bill Murray and Naomi Watts for which Murray received a Golden Globe Award nomination. In 2012 Cheadle garnered critical acclaim for his role in Robert Zemeckis’ Flight, which premiered at the New York Film Festival and was released by Paramount Pictures. In 2011, Cheadle produced and starred in The Guard, which premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and was released by Sony Pictures Classics, and in 2008, he starred opposite Guy Pearce in Overture Films’ Traitor, an international thriller which he also produced. Cheadle was honored by both the CineVegas Film Festival and the Los Angeles Film Festival and in 2007, receiving the ShoWest Male Star of the Year Award.
Additional film credits include Talk To Me; the 2006 Oscar® winning Best Picture, Crash, which Cheadle also produced; Hotel Rwanda, for which his performance garnered Academy Award®, Golden Globe®, Broadcast Film Critics Award and Screen Actors Guild® Award nominations for Best Actor; Ocean’s Eleven, Ocean’s Twelve and Ocean’s Thirteen, directed by Steven Soderbergh; Mike Binder’s Reign Over Me with Adam Sandler; the Academy Award® winning film Traffic and Out Of Sight, both also directed by Soderbergh; Paul Thomas Anderson’s critically acclaimed Boogie Nights; Bulworth, Swordfish, Mission To Mars, John Singleton’s Rosewood, for which Cheadle earned an NAACP Image Award nomination; Family Man, directed by Brett Ratner and starring Nicolas Cage; Colors, Hamburger Hill, and the independent features Manic and Things Behind The Sun.
For his work on television, Cheadle received a Golden Globe® Award and an Emmy® nomination for his remarkable portrayal of Sammy Davis Jr. in HBO’s The Rat Pack in 1999. That same year, he received an Emmy® nomination for his starring role in HBO’s adaptation of the critically-acclaimed, best-selling novel A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines. He also starred for HBO in Rebound: The Legend Of Earl ‘The Goat’ Manigault, directed by Eriq La Salle. Cheadle is also well-known for his two-year stint in the role of “District Attorney John Littleton” on David E. Kelley’s critically-acclaimed series Picket Fences, and an Emmy® nominated guest-starring role on ER and a series regular role on The Golden Palace.
Don also participated in Showtime’s multi-part television event Years of Living Dangerously which tells the story of our time: climate change and the impact it is having on people right now in the US and all over the world. The series reports on the crippling effects of climate change-related weather events and the ways individuals, communities, companies and governments are struggling to find solutions to the biggest threat our world has ever faced. News correspondents Thomas Friedman, Chris Hayes and Lesley Stahl report from across the globe and Don, Harrison Ford and Matt Damon, among others, share the stories of people and places impacted by a warming planet.
An accomplished stage actor, Cheadle originated the role of “Booth” in Suzan-Lori Parks’ Pulitzer Prize winning play Top Dog Underdog at New York’s Public Theatre under the direction of George C. Wolfe. His other stage credits include Leon, Lena and Lenz at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis; The Grapes Of Wrath and Liquid Skin at the Mixed Blood Theater in Minneapolis; Cymbeline at The New York Shakespeare Festival; ‘Tis Pity She’s A Whore at Chicago’s Goodman Theater; and Athol Fugard’s Blood Knot at The Complex Theater in Hollywood. He also directed Cincinnati Man at the Attic Theatre and The Trip at Friends and Artists Theater in Hollywood.
In addition to his many acting honors, Cheadle was nominated for a Grammy® Award in 2004 for Best Spoken Word Album for his narration/dramatization of the Walter Mosley novel Fear Itself.
Cheadle’s philanthropic work includes serving as a U.N. Ambassador for the United Nations Environment Programme. He also produced the documentary film, Darfur Now, an examination of the genocide in Sudan’s western region of Darfur and, in 2007, he and George Clooney were recognized for their work for Darfur. The pair shared a Peace Summit Award at the 8th Annual World Summit of Nobel Peace Prize Laureates in Rome.