JEFFREY WRIGHT (Bennett Holiday) 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 costarred in Jim Jarmusch's Broken
Flowers, Jonathan Demme's The Manchurian Candidate, and he played photographer
Howard Bingham in Michael Mann's Ali. He recently completed filming M. Night
Shyamalan's 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
America's most successful and influential painters of the 1980s. He followed
this with a starring role in Ang Lee's 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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