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Since being named the Best Supporting Actor by the Los Angeles Film Critics for his breakout performance opposite Denzel Washington in DEVIL IN A BLUE DRESS, DON CHEADLE has consistently turned in powerful performances on the stage and screen.

Cheadle most recently starred in HOTEL RWANDA, the true story of a hotel manager who saves hundreds from slaughter during Rwanda's genocidal massacres of 1994. The film won top honors at the 2004 Toronto and AFI Film Festivals and garnered Cheadle Academy Award, Golden Globe Award, Broadcast Film Critics Award and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations for Best Actor. 

Additional recent credits include a second run as Basher Tarr' in Steven Soderbergh's OCEAN'S TWELVE, with a cast again led by George Clooney and Brad Pitt, an appearance as "Moore,” a delusional underworld crime figure, opposite Pierce Brosnan and Salma Hayek in Brett Ratner's comedic heist, AFTER THE SUNSET and a cameo appearance in THE ASSASSINATION OF RICHARD NIXON, opposite Sean Penn and Naomi Watts. 

Cheadle will soon make his directorial debut with TISHOMINGO BLUES, a feature adaptation of the Elmore Leonard novel. He will also star in the film opposite Matthew McConaughey. 

Cheadle's previous feature roles include OCEAN'S ELEVEN and the Academy Award-winning TRAFFIC, both directed by Steven Soderbergh, with whom Cheadle first worked on Universal's OUT OF SIGHT, in which he played "Maurice ‘Snoopy' Miller.” He played the memorable role of "Buck” in Paul Thomas Anderson's serio-comic look at the porn industry in BOOGIE NIGHTS. He also starred in VOLCANO with Tommy Lee Jones, BULWORTH with Warren Beatty, SWORDFISH with John Travolta and Halle Berry and MISSION TO MARS with Tim Robbins and Gary Sinise. Cheadle received an NAACP Image Award nomination for his work in John Singleton's ROSEWOOD. He also delivered a memorable comedic cameo for director Brett Ratner as a guardian angel in Universal's FAMILY MAN opposite Nicolas Cage.

Cheadle has embraced independent features such as the all-digital MANIC, for director Jordan Melamed, and THE UNITED STATES OF LELAND opposite Ryan Gosling and Kevin Spacey. His powerful performance in Alison Anders' THINGS BEHIND THE SUN garnered Cheadle an Emmy and Independent Spirit Award nomination.

Cheadle is also well-recognized for his television work. He received a Golden Globe award for his remarkable portrayal of Sammy Davis Jr. in HBO's THE RAT PACK, a performance which was also nominated for a best supporting Emmy. That same year, he received a lead actor 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, in which Cheadle starred opposite Cicely Tyson and Mekhi Phifer. He also starred for HBO in REBOUND: THE LEGEND OF EARL "THE GOAT” MANIGAULT, directed by Eriq La Salle. 

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,” Cheadle's other series credits include a guest starring role on "ER” (a performance that earned him yet another Emmy nomination), a series regular role on "The Golden Palace” and a recurring role on "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.” Cheadle was also part of the stellar cast of the thrilling live CBS television broadcast of FAIL SAFE in which he starred opposite George Clooney, James Cromwell, Brain Dennehy, Richard Dreyfuss and Harvey Keitel. 

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

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