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JEFFREY WRIGHT has taken on consistently challenging roles in film, theater, and television.

Wright is currently filming his role as the villainous Peoples Hernandez in John Singleton's remake of "Shaft," opposite Samuel L. Jackson as John Shaft. He will next be seen starring in Jim Gillespie's suspense drama "Detox"; in the cinematic updating of a classic tale entitled "Crime and Punishment in High School," opposite Ellen Barkin; and in Adrian Pasdar's independent feature "Cement."

Wright made his feature film debut in the title role of Julian Schnabel's "Basquiat," the true story of the graffiti artist who became one of the most successful, controversial, and glamorous painters of the 1980s art scene. 

His other film credits include Woody Allen's "Celebrity," Wonsuk Chin's "Too Tired to Die," Sidney Lumet's "Critical Care," Paul Mazursky's "Faithful," and Jeff Stanzler's "Jumpin at the Boneyard."

Wright's stage credits are especially impressive. For his role as the outspoken nurse Belize in Tony Kushner's "Angels in America: Perestroika," he received a Tony Award, a Drama Desk Award, and an Outer Critics Circle Award.

He recently starred on stage in George C. Wolfe's award-winning "Bring in 'da Noise, Bring in 'da Funk," with Savion Glover; and has also appeared on stage in regional productions of "Les Blanes," "Juno and The Paycock," "She Stoops To Conquer," "Playboy of the West Indies," "Daylight in Exile," and "Search and Destroy"

On television, Wright had a recurring role on "Homicide: Life on the Street"; and has made guest appearances on "New York Undercover," "The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles," and the miniseries "Separate But Equal."


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