Jeffrey Wright

Jeffrey Wright

  • Highest Rated: 100% Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson (2005)
  • Lowest Rated: 7% Faithful (1996)
  • Birthday: Dec 7, 1965
  • Birthplace: Washington, D.C., USA
  • Actor Jeffrey Wright has earned an estimable reputation as one of the most versatile character actors of his generation, both on-stage and onscreen. Jeffrey Wright was born in Washington, D.C., in late 1965. Wright's father died when he was only a year old, and his mother, a lawyer working with the United States Customs Department, raised him with the help of her sister, a nurse. A strong student, Wright attended the prestigious St. Alban's School for Boys in Washington, D.C., and went on to receive a B.A. in Political Science at Amherst College in 1987. While at Amherst, Wright developed an interest in acting, and decided to continue his studies in the Theater department at New York University. While Wright was good enough to win an acting scholarship at N.Y.U., after only two months he opted to strike out on his own as a professional. Roles in off-Broadway plays followed, and Wright scored his first film role in 1990 with a bit part in Presumed Innocent. After a number of television roles and much theater work, in 1994 Wright got his big break when he was cast as Belize, Roy Cohn's nurse, in the acclaimed Broadway drama Angels In America: Perestroika; his performance won him a Tony Award. In 1996, Wright scored a breakthrough film role when he was cast in the lead of Basquiat, delivering a strong performance alongside a veteran cast which included Gary Oldman, Willem Dafoe, Dennis Hopper, Christopher Walken, and Benicio del Toro. A steady flow of character roles followed, including showy supporting work in Celebrity, Ride With the Devil, and Shaft, while Wright gave a compelling performance as Dr. Martin Luther King in the made-for-cable film Boycott. Wright continued to pursue his love of live theater as well, winning an Obie Award in 2002 for his performance (opposite Don Cheadle) in Suzan-Lori Parks' play Topdog/Underdog. Critically-acclaimed screen roles in Lackawanna Blues, Broken Flowers, and Syriana kept Wright on the short list for producers in search of quality supporting players, and by bridging the gap between stage and screen with his multi-tiered role in the acclaimed HBO miniseries Angels in America, the actor would would earn both an Emmy and a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor. In 2006 Wright could be seen performing opposite Paul Giamatti and Bryce Dallas Howard in director M. NIght Shyamalan's modern fairytale Lady in the Water.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

No Score Yet No Time To Die Actor 2020
50% All Rise Mr. Harmon 2020
No Score Yet Age Out Actor 2019
41% The Laundromat Actor 2019
24% The Goldfinch Hobie 2019
66% The Public Anderson 2019
No Score Yet The French Dispatch Actor 2019
No Score Yet All Rise Mr. Harmon 2019
71% Hold the Dark Russell Core 2018
No Score Yet Friday's Child Detective Portnoy 2018
No Score Yet We Are Not Done Yet Producer 2018
89% O.G. Louis 2018
83% Confirmation Charles Ogletree 2016
76% The Good Dinosaur Poppa $123.1M 2015
70% The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 Beetee $254.7M 2015
69% The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 Beetee $295.5M 2014
85% Only Lovers Left Alive Dr. Watson 2014
No Score Yet Mass Extinction: Life at the Brink Actor 2014
89% The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Beetee $336.7M 2013
86% The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete Henry $0.5M 2013
51% A Single Shot Simon 2013
28% Broken City Commissioner Carl Fairbanks $19.7M 2013
46% Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close William Black $31.9M 2012
84% The Ides of March Senator Thompson $41M 2011
92% Source Code Dr. Rutledge $54.7M 2011
67% Cadillac Records Muddy Waters $8.2M 2008
65% Quantum of Solace Felix leiter $168.5M 2008
58% W. Gen. Colin Powell $25.6M 2008
No Score Yet The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Scandal of 1920 Actor 2008
81% Chicago 10 Bobby Seale 2008
No Score Yet Blackout Nelson Producer 2007
19% The Invasion Dr. Stephen Galeano $15.2M 2007
95% Casino Royale Felix Leiter $167.1M 2006
25% Lady in the Water Mr. Dury $42.3M 2006
No Score Yet Ali's 65 Narrator 2006
73% Syriana Bennett Holiday $50.9M 2005
87% Broken Flowers Winston $13.6M 2005
75% Lackawanna Blues Small Paul 2005
100% Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson Actor 2005
No Score Yet Topdog Diaries Actor 2004
80% The Manchurian Candidate Al Melvin $65.8M 2004
No Score Yet Sin's Kitchen Actor 2004
78% With All Deliberate Speed: The Legacy of Brown vs. Board Narrator 2004
15% D-Tox (Eye See You) Jaworski 2002
67% Ali Howard Bingham $58.2M 2001
No Score Yet Boycott Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. 2000
67% Shaft Peoples Hernandez $70.4M 2000
57% Hamlet Gravedigger 2000
No Score Yet The Giraffe (Meschugge) Actor 2000
21% Crime & Punishment in Suburbia Chris 2000
63% Ride With the Devil Daniel Holt 1999
No Score Yet Cement Ninny 1999
No Score Yet Too Tired to Die Balzac Man 1998
41% Celebrity Off-Off Broadway Director 1998
59% Critical Care Bed Two 1997
68% Basquiat Jean-Michel Basquiat 1996
7% Faithful Young Man at Rolls 1996
No Score Yet Jumpin' at the Boneyard Derek 1992
83% Separate But Equal William Coleman 1991
87% Presumed Innocent Prosecuting Attorney 1990

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

100% Green Eggs and Ham
2019
Voice
  • 2019
No Score Yet Last Call With Carson Daly
2007
Guest
  • 2018
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
Guest
  • 2018
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Trevor Noah
2015
Guest
  • 2018
86% Westworld
2015-2018
Bernard Lowe
  • 2018
  • 2016
No Score Yet Close Up With the Hollywood Reporter
2015
Panelist
  • 2017
No Score Yet Saving My Tomorrow
2014
Voice
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
92% Boardwalk Empire
2010-2014
Valentin Narcisse
  • 2014
  • 2013
No Score Yet Chelsea Lately
2007-2014
Guest
  • 2013
No Score Yet Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell
2012-2013
Guest
  • 2013
91% House
2004-2012
Dr. Walter Cofield
  • 2012
No Score Yet Independent Lens
1999
Voice Narrator
  • 2008
  • 2005
No Score Yet American Experience
1988
Voice Narrator
  • 2007
92% Angels in America
2003
Belize/Mr. Lies Belize
  • 2003
91% Homicide: Life on the Street
1993-1999
Hal Wilson
  • 1997
No Score Yet New York Undercover
1994-1998
Andre Foreman
  • 1994
No Score Yet The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
Guest

QUOTES FROM Jeffrey Wright CHARACTERS

Poppa
I think we went far enough today. Let's get you home.
Beetee
I have to, at least once.
Beetee
I have to. At least once.
Felix leiter
You know who Greene is and you want to put us in bed with him. You're kidding, right?
Gregg Beam
Yeah, you're right. We should just deal with nice people. I need to know you're on the team, Felix. I need to know you value your career.
Dr. Rutledge
One of these days, the right crisis is going to rear it's head, and Source Code is going to have it's moment in the sun.
Colin Powell
to Cheney: Fuck you.
Colin Powell
[to Cheney] Fuck you.
Captain Colter Stevens
I can save her
Captain Colter Stevens
I can save her.
Dr. Rutledge
It doesn't work that way. You can't alter this reality while inside the Source Code.
Captain Colter Stevens
I'm asking you to have the decency to let me try.