Don Cheadle


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I started following the news and seeing what was happening around the world with the polar ice caps melting and temperatures breaking records. I became concerned as an animal on this planet but also as a father.

Don Cheadle

About Don Cheadle

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.

Don recently starred as ‘Marty Kaan’ on the critically acclaimed Showtime series House of Lies. House of Lies earned multiple nominations for the series and Don himself, including two Emmy Nominations for season one and season two, a Golden Globe Award for season one, and a Golden Globe nomination and SAG Award nomination for season two. Don also is Executive Producer of the series, and has even stepped behind the camera as director.

Don is well known for his passionate performances on stage and screen, stemming from his breakout performance opposite Denzel Washington in Devil in A Blue Dress, where he was named ‘Best Supporting Actor’ by the Los Angeles Film Critics.

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 ShoWest’s ‘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.

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.

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