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JEFFREY WRIGHT (Colin Fairbanks) a critically acclaimed actor who continually pushes the boundaries of his craft with inspiring and celebrated performances in an illustrious career that has spanned the worlds of theatre, film and television.

Wright is currently in production on THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE which will be released by Lionsgate on November 22, 2013. He stars as Beetee, a tribute from District 3, who forms an alliance with Katniss and Peeta, during the 75th Hunger Games. He recently wrapped production on Jim Jarmusch's drama ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE as well as George Tillman Jr.'s drama THE INEVITABLE DEFEAT OF MISTER AND PETE. He also stars in the crime drama A SINGLE SHOT directed by David M. Rosenthal which will also be released in 2013.

Wright was last seen in Warner Bros.' EXTREMELY LOUD AND INCREDIBLY CLOSE directed by Stephen Daldry. Wright also starred in Sony's THE IDES OF MARCH, directed by and co-starring George Clooney. The film premiered at the 2011 Venice Film Festival and at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival and garnered critical acclaim and awards recognition, including a Golden Globe nomination for Best Picture Drama.

Wright, a gifted theater actor, was most recently on stage as the lead in John Guare's A FREE MAN OF COLOR at Lincoln Center, directed by George C. Wolfe, a frequent collaborator. In 2001 and 2002 respectively, he earned an Obie award and a Tony nomination for his work in the play TOPDOG/UNDERDOG. Wright garnered a Tony Award in 1994 for his portrayal in Tony Kushner's Pulitzer Prize-winning epic Angels in America, also directed by George C. Wolfe. Wright reprised his Angels role in HBO's 2003 mini-series adaption of the play, earning both a Golden Globe® and an Emmy® for his groundbreaking performance.

On film, Wright has portrayed a stunning array of icons and iconoclasts. His brilliant portrayal of the renowned and controversial graffiti artist, Jean Michel Basquiat, in the 1996 film BASQUIAT, received widespread praise from critics and earned him an Independent Spirit Award nomination. On the other end of the spectrum, Wright has taken on roles in the 2006 and 2008 James Bond films, CASINO ROYALE and QUANTUM OF SOLACE and also in 2008, starred as Muddy Waters in CADILLAC RECORDS and as Colin Powell in Oliver Stone's W. In 2005, he co-starred in the award-winning film SYRIANA, and his other credits include Jonathan Demme's remake of THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE; Jim Jarmusch's BROKEN FLOWERS, earning another Independent Spirit Award® nomination; Ang Lee's RIDE WITH THE DEVIL, and SHAFT. For his portrayal of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in HBO's BOYCOTT, he received a 2001 AFI award.

In addition to acting, Wright is Vice Chairman of Taia Lion Resources and Chairman of Taia Peace Foundation. He also serves on the boards of directors of the Tribeca Film Institute and Resolve and on the board of governors of Saint Albans School for Boys. Wright was named by the Government of Sierra Leone as the 'Peace by Piece' Ambassador for the country's 2011 50thAnniversary Independence Celebration, and received the Humanitarian Award at the 2011 Napa Valley Film Festival for his work with Taia Peace Foundation.

Born in Washington, D.C., Wright graduated from Amherst College, receiving a B.A. in political science in 1987 and earned a doctorate of humane letters from his alma mater in 2004. Wright resides in Brooklyn, NY.


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