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Don Cheadle

Cheadle in February 2007
Born Donald Frank Cheadle, Jr.
November 29, 1964 (1964-11-29) (age 45)
Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.
Occupation Actor, producer, philanthropist, author
Years active 1984–present
Domestic partner(s) Bridgid Coulter (1997-present)

Donald Frank "Don" Cheadle, Jr. (pronounced /ˈtʃiːdəl/; born November 29, 1964)[1] is an American actor, film producer, philanthropist, and author. Cheadle rose to prominence in the late 1990s and the early 2000s for his supporting roles in the Steven Soderbergh-directed films Out of Sight, Traffic, and Ocean's Eleven. In 2004, his lead role as Rwandan hotel manager Paul Rusesabagina in the genocide drama film Hotel Rwanda earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor. He also campaigns for the end of genocide in Darfur, Sudan, and co-authored a book concerning the issue titled Not On Our Watch: The Mission To End Genocide In Darfur And Beyond.

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Early life

Cheadle was born in Kansas City, Missouri, the son of Bettye (née North), a bank manager and psychology teacher, and Donald Frank Cheadle, Sr., a clinical psychologist.[1][2][3] He has a sister, Dawn, and a brother, Colin. Cheadle graduated in 1982 from East High School in Denver, Colorado. Cheadle went on to graduate from the California Institute of the Arts. The school where his sister Cindy works, Potomac School in McLean, Virginia, is involved with raising awareness of the genocide in Darfur, a cause Cheadle is also involved in.

Career

Cheadle acted in Hamburger Hill in 1987. He also played the role of "Jack" in the April 1, 1988 "Jung and the Restless" episode of Night Court. Although his character "Jack" was supposed to be 16 years old, Cheadle was 24 at the time.

Cheadle then played the role of 'Rocket' in the 1988 movie Colors. In 1989, he appeared in a video for Angela Winbush's #2 hit single "It's the Real Thing," performing dance moves in an orange jump suit, working at a car wash. In 1990, he appeared in an episode of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air titled "Homeboy, Sweet Homeboy", playing Will Smith's friend and Hilary's first love interest Ice Tray. In 1992, he received a supporting role in The Golden Girls spin-off The Golden Palace. Although the show was highly publicized, it was cancelled after one season. Cheadle subsequently played district attorney John Littleton on two seasons of Picket Fences.

Cheadle first received widespread notice for his portrayal of Mouse Alexander in the film Devil in a Blue Dress, for which he won Best Supporting Actor awards from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association and the National Society of Film Critics, and was nominated for similar awards from the Screen Actors Guild and the NAACP Image Awards. Following soon thereafter was his performance in the title role of the 1996 HBO TV movie Rebound: The Legend of Earl "The Goat" Manigault. A legend among American street basketball players, Manigault is considered by many to be the best streetball player that never reached the NBA as a professional.

Cheadle's fame spread with a recurring role as the district attorney on the television series Picket Fences. Cheadle's other television credits include Emmy-nominated performances in the movies The Rat Pack, A Lesson Before Dying, Things Behind the Sun and in a guest appearance on ER. The last of these spanned four episodes during the show's ninth season, in which he portrayed Paul Nathan, a medical student struggling to cope with Parkinson's disease. He has made appearances in films including Rosewood, The Family Man, Boogie Nights, a cameo appearance in the film Abby Singer, Out of Sight, Traffic, and Ocean's Eleven (2001). These last three were directed by Steven Soderbergh. In 2005, Cheadle was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of Paul Rusesabagina in Hotel Rwanda. He also starred in, and was one of the producers of Crash, which won the 2005 Academy Award for Best Picture. For his performance in Crash, Cheadle was nominated for BAFTA and Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Supporting Actor. He also played the main character in the movie Traitor. Cheadle also starred in Hotel for Dogs by Dreamworks.[4] In this movie, he played as a social worker who work with problem teens, trying to keep them out of trouble.[5]

Don Cheadle, Jeff Daniels in a still from the movie Traitor

Cheadle was to make his directorial debut with the adaptation of Elmore Leonard's Tishomingo Blues. In a July, 2007 interview he stated, "'Tishomingo' is dead…"[6]

Cheadle has also appeared in NFL commercials promoting the Super Bowl from 2002 to 2005. He so regularly appeared for the NFL in its Super Bowl advertising that in 2006, in a drive to have fans submit their own advertising ideas, the NFL sought his permission to reference his previous commercials to portray themselves as having no new ideas -- "he quickly signed off on the idea and found it funny." Abe Sutton (along with Etan Bednarsh), one of the finalists in this NFL contest, played on this commercial by proposing an ad where an entire team of football players are Don Cheadle.[7]

Cheadle and Boondocks creator Aaron McGruder, are working together to launch a comedy show on NBC.[8] The "project revolves around mismatched brothers who reunite to open a private security company." [9] Cheadle will serve as an executive producer, along with McGruder, who will write the script.[10]

In 2010, Don Cheadle will assume the role of James Rhodes in the film Iron Man 2, replacing Terrence Howard,[11] his Crash co-star.[12]

Personal life

Cheadle and his girlfriend, actress Bridgid Coulter, have two daughters: Ayana Tai (born 1995) and Imani (born 1997), they currently reside in Santa Monica, California.

According to Brett Ratner, director of the film After the Sunset, Cheadle is an expert player of the strategic board game Go, and advised Pierce Brosnan and Salma Hayek for a scene in the film in which they play it.

According to the episode of the "National Heads-Up Poker Championship" aired on NBC on April 15, 2007, Cheadle defeated noted poker champion Phil Ivey in the first round of the tournament. The two met in the "Hearts & Diamonds" bracket. Cheadle, as an amateur player, was considered a significant underdog against the professional Ivey, notorious for his stone-cold "poker face". On the episode aired April 29, 2007, in the second round of the tournament, Cheadle was defeated and knocked out of the tournament by Vegas poker pro Scott Fischman. In the same tournament in 2009, he defeated David Pham in the first round only to lose to Paul Wasicka in the round of 32.

At the 2007 World Series of Poker, Cheadle and poker player Annie Duke organized a charity poker tournament, "Ante Up for Africa". Many Hollywood actors were expected to play in the tournament, which had a $5,000 buy-in. Money finishers were encouraged to donate part of their winnings to The International Rescue Committee or the Enough Project.[13]

In 2007, Cheadle was awarded the BET Humanitarian award of the year for his numerous humanitarian services he rendered for the cause of the people of Darfur and Rwanda.

On December 13, 2007, Cheadle and fellow actor George Clooney were presented with the Summit Peace Award by the Nobel Peace Prize Laureates in Rome for their work to stop the genocide and relieve the suffering of the people of Darfur. The award was presented by the World Summit of Nobel Laureates, Mikhail Gorbachev, and TheCommunity.com.

In 2008, Cheadle's family history was profiled on the PBS series African American Lives 2. A DNA test shows that he may have ancestry in present day Cameroon.

In early 2009, Cheadle embarked on a new endeavor in automotive retail; He announced that he plans to open Don Cheadle Chevrolet. He will co-manage the dealership, which will specialize in hybrid and alternative energy vehicles, with a childhood friend.

Filmography

Year Film Role Notes
1984 3 Days Angel
1985 Moving Violations Juicy Burgers Worker
1986 Punk
1987 Hamburger Hill Pvt. Washburn
1988 Colors Roccet
1992 Roadside Prophets Happy Days Manager
1993 The Meteor Man Goldilocks
Lush Life Jack (TV movie)
1995 Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead Rooster
Devil in a Blue Dress Mouse Alexander Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated — NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
1996 Rebound: The Legend of Earl "The Goat" Manigault Earl "The Goat" Manigault (TV movie)
Nominated — NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special
1997 Volcano Emmit Reese
Rosewood Sylvester Carrier Nominated — NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
Boogie Nights Buck Swope Florida Film Critics Circle Award for Best Cast
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
1998 Out of Sight Maurice Miller
The Rat Pack Sammy Davis Jr. Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated — Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor – Miniseries or a Movie
Nominated — NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special
Rush Hour 2 Kenny (uncredited)
Bulworth L.D. Nominated — NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
1999 A Lesson Before Dying Grant Wiggins (TV movie)
Black Reel Award for Network/Cable - Best Actor
Nominated — Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor – Miniseries or a Movie
Nominated — NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special
Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film
2000 Traffic Montel Gordon Black Reel Award for Best Supporting Actor
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Mission to Mars Luke Graham
Fail Safe Lt. Jimmy Pierce (TV movie)
The Family Man Cash
2001 Things Behind the Sun Chuck Nominated — Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor – Miniseries or a Movie
Nominated — Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male
Manic Dr. David Monroe
Swordfish Agent J.T. Roberts
Ticker Passenger
Ocean's Eleven Basher Tarr (uncredited)
Abby Singer Himself
2003 The United States of Leland Pearl Madison
2004 Ocean's Twelve Basher Tarr Nominated — BET Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Theatrical Film
Nominated — Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Cast
Nominated — NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
After the Sunset Henri Mooré
The Assassination of Richard Nixon Bonny Simmons
Hotel Rwanda Paul Rusesabagina Satellite Award for Best Actor - Motion Picture Drama
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Nominated — Black Reel Award for Best Cast
Nominated — Academy Award for Best Actor
Nominated — Black Reel Award for Best Actor
Nominated — Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama
Nominated — London Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor also for Crash
Nominated — NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture
Nominated — Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Actor
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Crash Det. Graham Waters Nominated — BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Nominated — Black Movie Award for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
Nominated — Black Reel Award for Best Actor
Nominated — Gotham Award for Best Ensemble Cast
Nominated — London Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor also for Hotel Rwanda
Nominated — NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
2006 The Dog Problem Dr. Nourmand
King Leopold's Ghost Narrator
2007 Reign Over Me Alan Johnson
Talk to Me Petey Greene Gotham Award for Best Ensemble Cast
Nominated — Independent Spirit Award for Best Lead Male
Nominated — NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture
Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Actor - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Ocean's Thirteen Basher Tarr
Darfur Now Himself
2008 Traitor Samir Horn Nominated — Black Reel Award for Best Actor
Nominated — NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture
2009 Hotel for Dogs Bernie
2010 Brooklyn's Finest Tango
Iron Man 2 Col. James 'Rhodey' Rhodes/War Machine forthcoming film
The Guard FBI Agent Wendell Everett forthcoming film
2012 The Avengers Col. James 'Rhodey' Rhodes/War Machine forthcoming film

As producer

Year Film Role Notes
2004 Crash Producer Black Movie Award for Outstanding Motion Picture
Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature
Nominated — BAFTA Award for Best Film
2007 Talk to Me Executive producer
Darfur Now Producer
2008 Traitor Producer
Crash Producer 2 Episodes (2008)

Television series

Year Film Role Notes
1982 Fame Henry Lee 2 episodes
1986 L.A. Law Julian Tatoon Episode "Gibbon Take"
1987 Hill Street Blues Darius Milton Episode "Days of Swine and Roses"
The Bronx Zoo Carver Episode "Small Victories"
1988 Night Court Jack Episode "Jung and the Restless"
Hooperman Himself Episode "High Noon"
1989 Booker Himself Episode "The Pump"
1990 China Beach Angel Episode "Warriors"
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Ice Tray Episode "Homeboy, Sweet Homeboy"
1992-1993 Hangin' with Mr. Cooper Bennie (2 episodes)
The Golden Palace Roland Wilson (23 episodes)
1993-1995 Picket Fences D.A. John Littleton (38 episodes)
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (1995, 1996)
2000 The Simpsons Brother Faith Episode: "Faith Off"
2002 The Bernie Mac Show Cousin D (2 episodes - "Sweet Home Chicago: Parts 1 & 2"
ER Paul Nathan (4 episodes)
Nominated — Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor – Drama Series
2003 MADtv Perry Episode #9.3

Greys Anatomy

Voice acting

Year Game Role Notes
2010 Iron Man 2: The Video Game[14] Col. James 'Rhodey' Rhodes/War Machine forthcoming video game

Theatre

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