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DON CHEADLE (Agent Wendell Everett) has consistently turned in powerful performances on stage and screen, since being named Best Supporting Actor by the Los Angeles Film Critics for his breakout performance opposite Denzel Washington in Devil in a Blue Dress. His subsequent film credits include: Traitor, an international thriller which he produced, starring opposite Guy Pearce; Kasi Lemmons' Talk To Me, with Chiwetel Ejiofor; the 2006 Oscar®-winning Best Picture, Crash, which Cheadle also produced; Hotel Rwanda, for which his performance garnered Oscar®, Golden Globe®, Broadcast Film Critics and Screen Actors Guild award nominations for Best Actor; Steven Soderbergh's Ocean's Eleven, Ocean's Twelve and Ocean's Thirteen, starring Brad Pitt and George Clooney; Mike Binder's Reign Over Me with Adam Sandler; the Academy Award®-winning Traffic and Out of Sight, with George Clooney and Jennifer Lopez, both films also directed by Soderbergh; Paul Thomas Anderson's acclaimed Boogie Nights with Julianne Moore and Mark Wahlberg; Bulworth, directed by and starring Warren Beatty; Swordfish, with John Travolta and Halle Berry; Mission To Mars with Tim Robbins and Gary Sinise; John Singleton's Rosewood, for which Cheadle earned an NAACP Image Award nomination; Brett Ratner's Family Man, starring Nicolas Cage; and the independent features Manic and Things Behind The Sun.

Cheadle was honored by the CineVegas Film Festival and the Los Angeles Film Festival and received ShoWest's Male Star of the Year award. He is also well-recognized for his television work, including his remarkable portrayal of Sammy Davis Jr. in HBO's The Rat Pack, for which he received a Golden Globe® Award and a Best Supporting Actor Emmy nomination. That same year, he also received an Emmy nomination for his starring role in HBO's adaptation of the critically acclaimed, best-selling novel A Lesson Before Dying, opposite Cicely Tyson and Mekhi Phifer.

He also starred for HBO in Eriq La Salle's Rebound: The Legend of Earl ‘The Goat' Manigault. Cheadle's TV series credits include his two-year stint in David E. Kelley's acclaimed series "Picket Fences,” a guest-starring role on "ER” (earning yet another Emmy nomination) and a regular role on "The Golden Palace.” He also starred in the thrilling live CBS television broadcast of "Fail Safe” opposite George Clooney, James Cromwell, Brian Dennehy, Richard Dreyfuss and Harvey Keitel.

Cheadle was born in Kansas City, Missouri, graduating from the prestigious California Institute of the Arts with a Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts. Encouraged by his college friends, he attended a variety of auditions and landed a recurring role on the hit series "Fame”, which led to feature film roles in Dennis Hopper's Colors and John Irvin's Hamburger Hill.

A talented musician who plays saxophone, writes music and sings, he is also an accomplished stage actor and director and was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2004 for Best Spoken Word Album for his narration/dramatization of the Walter Mosley novel Fear Itself. His most recent big screen appearances have been in Antoine Fuqua's ensemble crime thriller Brooklyn's Finest and Jon Favreau's Iron Man 2. He is currently developing a movie based on the life of jazz legend Miles Davis.


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