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DON CHEADLE (Colonel James "Rhodey" Rhodes) was honored with an Academy Award nomination as best actor for his work in the searing true-life drama "Hotel Rwanda." His portrayal of Paul Rusesabagina, the hotel manager who saved hundreds from slaughter during Rwanda's genocidal massacres, also brought him Golden Globe and Critics' Choice Award nominations, as well as dual Screen Actors Guild Award nominations, one for best actor and another as part of the ensemble cast. In 2005, he starred in Paul Haggis' Oscar-winning best picture "Crash," on which Cheadle also served as a producer. He earned a BAFTA Award nomination for his performance in that movie, in addition to sharing a SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.

Cheadle's latest feature film, Robert Zemeckis' Academy Award-nominated "Flight," grossed nearly $100 million at the box office. In 2011 he produced and starred in "The Guard," which premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and was released by Sony Pictures Classics. Cheadle was also seen in "Iron Man 2" opposite Robert Downey Jr., and in "Brooklyn's Finest," a crime thriller directed by Antoine Fuqua and co- starring Richard Gere and Ethan Hawke. He will next star in a movie based on the life of jazz legend Miles Davis. Cheadle also starred in season two of the hit Showtime original series "House of Lies."

Cheadle worked with director Steven Soderbergh on "Ocean's Eleven," "Ocean's Twelve" and "Ocean's Thirteen," the Oscar-winning drama "Traffic," for which he shared in a SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by the Cast of a Theatrical Motion Picture Cast, and "Out of Sight." His other film credits include Brett Ratner's "After the Sunset"; "The Assassination of Richard Nixon"; "The United States of Leland"; Dominic Sena's "Swordfish"; Brett Ratner's "The Family Man"; Brian De Palma's "Mission to Mars"; "Bulworth," directed by and starring Warren Beatty; Paul Thomas Anderson's "Boogie Nights"; "Volcano"; and John Singleton's "Rosewood," for which Cheadle earned an NAACP Image Award nomination. Cheadle's breakout performance was in the 1995 crime drama "Devil in a Blue Dress," for which he was named the year's best supporting actor by the Los 24Angeles Film Critics Association.

Cheadle has also been recognized for his work on the small screen. In 1999, he won a Golden Globe Award and received an Emmy Award nomination for his portrayal of Sammy Davis Jr. in the HBO movie "The Rat Pack." That same year, he garnered a second Emmy nomination for his starring role in HBO's "A Lesson Before Dying," based on Ernest J. Gaines' best-selling novel. He earned a third Emmy nomination for his work in Showtime's "Things Behind the Sun," directed by Allison Anders. Cheadle more recently received a fourth Emmy nod for his recurring guest role on NBC's hit series "ER." His additional television credits include CBS's live broadcast of the Cold War drama "Fail Safe," directed by Stephen Frears; HBO's "Rebound: The Legend of Earl 'The Goat' Manigault"; and a regular role on the David E. Kelley series "Picket Fences."

An accomplished stage actor, Cheadle originated the role of Booth in Suzan-Lori Parks' Pulitzer Prize-winning play "Topdog/Underdog," under the direction of George C. Wolfe at New York's Public Theater. His theater work also includes productions of "Leon & Lena (and lenz)," "The Grapes of Wrath," "Liquid Skin," "Cymbeline," "`Tis a Pity She's a Whore" and Athol Fugard's "Blood Knot." He also directed productions of "Cincinnati Man," "The Trip" and "Three, True, One."

In addition to his acting, Cheadle is also a talented musician who plays saxophone, writes music and sings. He was also nominated for a GRAMMY Award for Best Spoken Word Album for his narration/dramatization of Walter Mosley's novel "Fear Itself." In addition, he recently co-authored (with John Prendergast) the book "Not on Our Watch: The Mission to End Genocide in Darfur and Beyond" (Hyperion).


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