Don Cheadle

Actor, Screenwriter, Musician
Absolutely engaging and immensely talented, actor Don Cheadle rightfully earned his reputation as one of his generation's most versatile and committed performers. After years of thankless guest appearances on TV dramas ... Read more »
Born: 11/28/1964 in Kansas City, Missouri, USA

Filmography

Actor (110)

House of Lies 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

Late Night with Seth Meyers 2015 (Tv Show)

Guest

Conan 2012 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Hollywood Game Night 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

House of Lies Live! 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Performer

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2012, 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

Kingdom Come 2014 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Miles Ahead 2014 (Movie)

Miles Davis (Actor)

The 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 65th Primetime Emmy Awards 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Late Show With David Letterman 2008, 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

Toussaint 2014 (Movie)

Toussaint Louverture (Actor)

Years of Living Dangerously 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Himself

Iron Man 3 2013 (Movie)

Colonel James Rhodes (Actor)

The 2013 ESPY Awards 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Tonight Show With Jay Leno 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Flight 2012 (Movie)

Hugh Lang (Actor)

Jimmy Kimmel Live: After the Academy Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

The 38th Annual People's Choice Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Presenter

Funny or Die Presents... 2009 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

La Source 2011 (Movie)

(Narrator)

The Guard 2011 (Movie)

FBI Agent Wendell Everett (Actor)

Brooklyn's Finest 2010 (Movie)

Tango (Actor)

Drunk History: Douglass & Lincoln 2010 (Movie)

(Actor)

Iron Man 2 2010 (Movie)

Lt. Col. James "Rhodey" Rhodes (Actor)

The People Speak 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Hotel for Dogs 2009 (Movie)

Bernie (Actor)

African American Lives 2 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

The 13th Annual Critics' Choice Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

The 39th Annual NAACP Image Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Traitor 2008 (Movie)

Samir Horn (Actor)

BET Awards '07 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Darfur Now 2007 (Movie)

(Actor)

MovieReal 2004 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Ocean's 13 2007 (Movie)

Basher Tarr/Fender Roads (Actor)

Reign Over Me 2007 (Movie)

Alan Johnson (Actor)

Talk to Me 2007 (Movie)

Ralph Waldo "Petey" Green (Actor)

The Dog Problem 2007 (Movie)

Dr Nourmand (Actor)

2005 Black Movie Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Inside the Actors Studio 2006 (Tv Show)

Interviewee

King Leopold's Ghost 2006 (Movie)

(Narrator)

20th Independent Spirit Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Crash 2005 (Movie)

Graham (Actor)

Hangin' With Mr. Cooper 1993 - 1996, 2003 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Real Time with Bill Maher 1993 - 1996, 2003 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 10th Annual Critics' Choice Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The 11th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air 1990 - 1991, 1993 - 1996, 2003 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

After the Sunset 2004 (Movie)

Henri Moore (Actor)

America Beyond the Color Line 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Celebrity Poker Showdown 1993 - 1994, 2003 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Hotel Rwanda 2004 (Movie)

Paul Rusesbagina (Actor)

Ocean's Twelve 2004 (Movie)

Basher Tarr (Actor)

Picket Fences 1993 - 1996, 2003 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Assassination of Richard Nixon 2004 (Movie)

Bonny Simmons (Actor)

The United States of Leland 2004 (Movie)

Pearl Madison (Actor)

Manic 2003 (Movie)

Doctor David Monroe (Actor)

ER 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Barbara Walters Special (11/16/01) 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The Bernie Mac Show 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Heroes of Black Comedy 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Narrator

The Orange British Academy Film Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Ocean's Eleven 2001 (Movie)

Basher Tarr (Actor)

Swordfish 2001 (Movie)

Agent Roberts (Actor)

The 58th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Fail Safe 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Mission to Mars 2000 (Movie)

Luke Graham (Actor)

The 51st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The Family Man 2000 (Movie)

Cash (Actor)

The Untitled Jay Lacopo Project 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Traffic 2000 (Movie)

Montel Gordon (Actor)

14th Independent Spirit Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The 30th NAACP Image Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Bulworth 1998 (Movie)

L D (Actor)

Out of Sight 1998 (Movie)

Maurice Miller (Actor)

The Rat Pack 1998 (Movie)

Sammy Davis Jr (Actor)

Boogie Nights 1997 (Movie)

Buck Swope (Actor)

Rebound: The Legend of Earl 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Rosewood 1997 (Movie)

Sylvester (Actor)

Volcano 1997 (Movie)

Emmit Reese (Actor)

Devil in A Blue Dress 1995 (Movie)

Mouse (Actor)

Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead 1995 (Movie)

Rooster (Actor)

Punk 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The Golden Palace 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The Meteor Man 1993 (Movie)

Goldilocks (Actor)

Roadside Prophets 1992 (Movie)

Happy Days Manager (Actor)

In the House 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Colors 1988 (Movie)

Rocket (Actor)

Hamburger Hill 1987 (Movie)

Washburn (Actor)

Moving Violations 1985 (Movie)

(Actor)

A Lesson Before Dying (TV Show)

Actor

Lush Life (TV Show)

Actor

Other Side of Simple (Movie)

(Actor)

Things Behind The Sun (TV Show)

Actor

Tishomingo Blues (Movie)

(Actor)
Producer (7)

Miles Ahead 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

St. Vincent 2014 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Guard 2011 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Crash 2008 - 2010 (TV Show)

Co-Executive Producer

Traitor 2008 (Movie)

(Producer)

Darfur Now 2007 (Movie)

(Producer)

Talk to Me 2007 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)
Director (2)

Miles Ahead 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Tishomingo Blues (Movie)

(Director)
Music (1)

Talk to Me 2007 (Movie)

"I've Been Loving You Too Long" (Song Performer)
Writer (1)

Miles Ahead 2014 (Movie)

(current draft) (Screenplay)

Biography

Absolutely engaging and immensely talented, actor Don Cheadle rightfully earned his reputation as one of his generation's most versatile and committed performers. After years of thankless guest appearances on TV dramas and sitcoms, Cheadle gained attention with the role of the fastidious hotel manager of "The Golden Palace" (CBS, 1992-93), a spin-off from the beloved sitcom, "The Golden Girls" (CBS, 1985-1992). The chameleon-like Cheadle broke out with an acclaimed performance in Carl Franklin's crime thriller "Devil in a Blue Dress" (1995) and continued the streak with remarkable work in highly-lauded films like "Boogie Nights" (1997) and "Out of Sight" (1998). He officially made Hollywood's A-list as one of Danny Ocean's crack team of con men in Steven Soderbergh's "Ocean's Eleven" (2001), but it was his performance as real-life hotel manager Paul Rusesabagina in "Hotel Rwanda" (2004) that earned Cheadle the most effusive critical praise of his career. He played an integral role in the Oscar-winning ensemble drama "Crash" (2005) prior to turning in a tour de force performance in the radio DJ biopic "Talk to Me" (2007). In addition to the hugely successful sequels to "Ocean's Eleven," the actor was frequently seen in such big-budget productions as the superhero blockbuster sequel "Iron Man 2" (2010). He later returned to television as the star of the highly-regarded cable comedy "House of Lies" (Showtime, 2012- ). Cheadle's ability to virtually disappear into any role kept him at the very top of Hollywood's list of "go to" actors.

Relationships

Donald Cheadle

Father

Imani Cheadle Actor

Daughter
Born c. 1996; mother, Bridgid Coulter

Betty Cheadle

Mother

Colin Cheadle Actor

Brother

Ayana Cheadle

Daughter
Born Sept. 26, 1994; mother, Bridgid Coulter

Cindy Cheadle

Sister

Bridgid Coulter Actor

Companion
Played husband and wife in "Rosewood" (1997)

EDUCATION

California Institute of the Arts

Valencia , California 1986

Milestones

2012

Co-starred with Denzel Washington in "Flight"

2012

Cast as a highly successful and cutthroat management consultant on Showtime series "House of Lies"

2010

Replaced Terrence Howard as Jim Rhodes, best friend to Downey's Tony Stark for "Iron Man 2"

2010

Cast in Antoine Fuqua's "Brooklyn's Finest"

2009

Co-starred in "Hotel for Dogs," a film adaptation of the Lois Duncan novel of the same name

2007

Portrayed Ralph 'Petey' Greene, a real-life ex-con-turned-radio and TV host in "Talk to Me"; earned an Independent Spirit Award Nomination for Best Actor

2007

Re-teamed with the original cast for "Ocean's 13"

2005

Produced and starred in Paul Haggis' directorial debut "Crash," a multicharacter study of L.A. race relations; earned a SAG nomination for Best Supporting Actor

2004

Cast opposite Naomi Watts, Sean Penn and Jack Thompson in "The Assassination of Richard Nixon"

2004

Reunited with original cast for "Ocean's Twelve" again directed by Steven Soderbergh

2004

Portrayed Paul Rusesabagina, a hotel manager who housed over a thousand Tutsis refugees during their struggle against the Hutu militia in Terry George's "Hotel Rwanda"; received a Golden Globe, SAG and an Oscar nomination for Best Actor

2003

Received Grammy nomination for Best Spoken Word Album for Fear Itself

2002

Had a recurring role on the NBC drama "ER" as Paul Nathan, a med student who suffers from Parkinson's disease; received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series (2003)

2001

Again collaborated with Clooney and Soderbergh for the "Ocean's Eleven" remake

2001

Acted opposite Jeffery Wright in Suzan-Lori Parks' off-Broadway drama, "Topdog/Underdog"; was unable to recreate role on Broadway in 2002 due to scheduling conflicts

2001

Portrayed the manager-lover of a troubled rock singer in "Things Behind the Sun"; screened at Sundance

2000

Reteamed with Soderbergh to play a DEA agent in "Traffic"

2000

Wrote and directed the digital film "The Jesse Borr Story"

1999

Starred in the HBO adaptation of "A Lesson Before Dying"; received Emmy nomination

1998

Cast as Sammy Davis Jr in the HBO movie "The Rat Pack"; received Emmy nomination

1998

Had featured role of L.D., a moralist gang leader, in "Bulworth"

1998

Played Snoopy, a psychopathic killer in Steven Soderbergh's "Out of Sight," co- starring George Clooney

1997

Appeared as porn star Buck Swope in "Boogie Nights"

1997

Co-starred in John Singleton's underrated "Rosewood" as a piano teacher who stands up to racists

1995

Breakthrough role as Mouse, the psychopathic sidekick to Denzel Washington's Easy Rawlings in "Devil in a Blue Dress"

1993

Played district attorney Jonathan Littleton on the CBS drama series "Picket Fences"

1993

Played recurring role of Bennie on "Hangin' With Mr. Cooper" (ABC)

1992

TV series debut as the overly competent hotel manager in "The Golden Palace," the CBS spin-off of "The Golden Girls"

1991

Starred and co-wrote the theme for the unsold NBC comedy pilot "In the House"

1988

Played pivotal role of Rocket, a murderous gang member, in the drama "Colors"

1987

TV debut, guest shot on "Hill Street Blues" (NBC)

1985

Feature film debut, "Moving Violations"

Raised in Lincoln, NE and Denver, CO

Acted with the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis, MN and with the New York Shakespeare Festival in NYC's Central Park

Had first acting role in a fifth grade production of "Charlotte's Web"; cast as the rat Templeton

Born in Kansas City, MO

Bonus Trivia

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"Now that I know how [the Oscar nominees] get picked, and how the selection process works, I could give a f*ck if I never get one. I mean it would be nice because your money goes up, and it shows appreciation on a wide level, but what does my performance have to do with the political lobbying and machinations that go on inside the Academy that I am not privy to? If I never get an Oscar, it doesn't mean anything about my work. It's enough to me that everyone's saying, 'Damn, they passed you up'" – Cheadle on not receiving an Oscar nod for his performance in "Devil in a Blue Dress" to Premiere, April 1997

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"I'm glad that people try to write roles that anyone can do, but I also don't ever want to end up in movies where the fact that I'm a black man is a nonissue. In America, it's always an issue." – Cheadle quoted in Interview, August 1997

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"Don is one of those actors who is so intense that if the other actors are not up for a scene, they're going to get smoked. It's not like he's Mr. Thespian, but you have to be ready. He's very generous with other actors, It you mention him to other actors, their eyes light up." – Stephen Soderbergh, who directed Cheadle in "Out of Sight", to The New York Times, May 16, 1999

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"I just want to continue to do diverse characters, because that's what's fun for me. It's not necessarily what's star-making, but as long as I can make a career out of it, that's what I'll be doing." – Cheadle quoted in Time Out New York, May 14-21, 1998

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"Actors have to know that this is fleeting. This is about the flavor of the month. They can get sick of Don Cheadle's flavor and move on to the next at any time. Very few actors, we can probably count them on two hands, have had a career that spans 60 years. You can be a banker for the rest of your life, but you can be bankable for as long as people want to pay for tickets. I'm not hot, I'm lukewarm. I'm making money and I'm saving my money and trying to be good in everything I do." – Cheadle quoted in Daily News, June 28, 1998

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"He's a character actor, but so is Dustin Hoffman. He will carry a movie. He has those serious chops. There is so much emotion he puts into it, so many colors on his palette." – Rob Cohen, director of "The Rat Pack", to The New York Times, May 16, 1999

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"Don Cheadle has an angelic quality and dangerous quality to him...he's brilliant." – Brett Ratner quoted in Ebony, August 2002

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"He's the perfect man, incredibly intelligent, talented, generous and funny." – Sophie Okonedo, Cheadle's co-star in "Hotel Rwanda," quoted to People, Nov. 29, 2004

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"Don has this energy, like he could say or do anything at any moment. Movie stars in general make us feel safe, but that's not where he operates from. He seems not to be governed by the laws of the universe somehow." – Stephen Soderbergh to Entertainment Weekly, Dec. 17, 2004

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"My career has never been like a jet taking off; it's a house built on sand," he says. "It's nervous-making for sure." – Cheadle to GQ, March 2005

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"I made a lot of choices that didn't make sense if I was trying to become a quote-unquote star or trying to get quote-unquote established. I just said, 'I'm gonna go get my chops. And the job I'll get is the job I'll get. If I'm supposed to get it when I come back, I will.'" – Cheadle to GQ magazine, July 2007

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