LADY IN THE WATER
JEFFREY WRIGHT (Mr. Dury) is recognized as one of the most talented and
versatile actors of his generation. He 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 Stephen Gaghan's Oscar-nominated Syriana, Jim Jarmusch's
Broken Flowers and Jonathan Demme's The Manchurian Candidate, and played photographer
Howard Bingham in Michael Mann's Ali. He recently completed filming The Visiting, with
director Oliver Hirschbiegel.
The Washington, D.C. native made his 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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