Critically acclaimed actor JEFFREY WRIGHT (Henry) 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.
He is currently in production on the fourth season of HBO's critically acclaimed series
BOARDWALK EMPIRE. He will play Valentin Narcisse, Doctor of Divinity, philanthropist,
student of culture and the man who runs Harlem. The show will return on Sunday, September 8,
On the big screen, Wright will next be seen in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. He stars as
Beetee, the male tribute from District 3 who participates in the 75th
Hunger Games and is one of
six to survive it. He is an expert with electronics and wiring. This film will be released by
Lionsgate on November 22, 2013. Other upcoming film projects include David Rosenthal's A
Single Shot and Jim Jarmusch's Only Lovers Left Alive, which will premiere at the 2013 Toronto
Wright was most recently seen in Allen Hughes' political thriller Broken City, portraying a New
York City police commissioner in the midst of a scandal involving the city's incumbent mayor.
Another recent project includes Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close directed by Stephen
Daldry. Todd McCarthy from THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER said of Wright's performance,
"the other adult actor here who is terrific is Jeffrey Wright...Portraying a man harboring his own
pain and disappointments, Wright has one long scene of incredible emotional delicacy and
transparency in which he once again proves his position among the very top American actors."
He also starred in Sony's The Ides of March, directed by and co-starring George Clooney. The
film was nominated for a Golden Globe award 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 a Primetime 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 50th
Anniversary 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.