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      Jeffrey Wright

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      Actor


      Date of birth:

        7 December 1965
        Washington, District of Columbia, USA


      Height:

        6'


      Spouse:

        Carmen Ejogo (August 2000 - present) 2 children



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      JEFFREY WRIGHT is recognized as one of the most talented and versatile actors of his generation. He recently won Emmy, Golden Globe and Black Reel Awards for his supporting role in the acclaimed HBO miniseries Angels in America. He also won a Tony Award for his performance in the stage version of Angels in America: Perestroika.

      Wright previously starred as Martin Luther King in the HBO production Boycott, for which he won the AFI Actor of the Year Award for Male Actor in a Movie or Miniseries. Most recently, he co-starred in Jim Jarmuschís Broken Flowers, Jonathan Demmeís The Manchurian Candidate, and he played photographer Howard Bingham in Michael Mannís Ali. He recently completed filming M. Night Shyamalanís Lady in the Water and is currently filming The Visiting with director Oliver Hirschbiegel.

      The native of Washington, D.C. made his big screen debut in the title role of Basquiat, the true story of the graffiti artist who became one of Americaís most successful and influential painters of the 1980s. He followed this with a starring role in Ang Leeís Ride with the Devil and subsequently starred as Peoples Hernandez in the 2000 remake of the classic Shaft.

      On stage, Wright recently earned another Tony nomination in the critically lauded Top Dog, Underdog. He often performs at the New York Shakespeare Festival where he earned high praise for his portrayal of Marc Antony in the Shakespeare in the Park production of Julius Caesar and also completed a long, successful run on Broadway in the award-winning celebration of African American rhythms and history Bring in da Noise, Bring in da Funk. On television, he starred in the Emmy-winning HBO miniseries Lackawanna Blues.

      Wright graduated Amherst College in Massachusetts with a B.A. in political science and received an honorary doctorate of humane letters from his alma mater in 2004. He currently lives in Brooklyn, NY with actress Carmen Ejogo and their two children.







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