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Biography #2 (for Reign Over Me)

Don Cheadle was nominated for the Academy Award as Best Actor for his performance as real-life Rwandan hero Paul Rusesabagina in Terry George's award-winning Hotel Rwanda. He also earned Golden Globe, Critics' Choice, NAACP Image, and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations for the portrayal.

He next starred in and produced Paul Haggis' independent feature Crash, which won three Academy Awards, including Best Picture, among a host of honors.

This summer, Cheadle will star in Kasi Lemmons's Talk to Me, the story of Ralph Petey Greene, a popular Washington, DC radio host and community activist.

In 1995, Cheadle was named Best Supporting Actor by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association for his breakout film performance opposite Denzel Washington in Carl Franklin's Devil in a Blue Dress. The latter also earned him the first of his three NAACP Image Award nominations; he was also nominated for his portrayals in John Singleton's Rosewood and Warren Beatty's Bulworth.

He has collaborated multiple times with directors Steven Soderbergh and Brett Ratner. For the former, he starred in the multi-Academy Award-winning Traffic, the acclaimed Out of Sight, and the trio of Ocean's movies (numbering Eleven, Twelve, and the upcoming Thirteen, set for release this summer). For Ratner, he starred in After the Sunset, Rush Hour 2, and The Family Man.

Among Cheadle's other features are Niels Mueller's The Assassination of Richard Nixon; Jordan Melamed's Manic; Dominic Sena's Swordfish; Allison Anders' Things Behind the Sun (for which he earned both Emmy and Independent Spirit Award nominations); Brian De Palma's Mission to Mars; Paul Thomas Anderson's Boogie Nights; Mick Jackson's Volcano; Robert Townsend's The Meteor Man; Dennis Hopper's Colors; and John Irvin's Hamburger Hill.

The Kansas City native received his Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts from the prestigious California School of the Arts in Valencia, California. While attending Cal Arts, he auditioned for film and television roles and landed a recurring role on the hit syndicated series Fame. His subsequent television series credits included a recurring role on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and a two-year stint on Picket Fences.

Cheadle has starred in several notable telefilms, including Eriq La Salle's Rebound: The Legend of Earl 'The Goat' Manigault; Joseph Sargent's A Lesson Before Dying (for which he earned an Emmy Award nomination); Stephen Frears' live broadcast of Fail-Safe; and Rob Cohen's The Rat Pack. For the latter, in which he portrayed legendary entertainer Sammy Davis Jr., Cheadle won a Golden Globe Award and was an Emmy Award nominee.

His stage work includes originating the role of Booth in Suzan-Lori Parks' Pulitzer Prize-winning play Top Dog/Underdog at New York's Public Theater under the direction of George C. Wolfe. His other stage credits include Leon, Lena and Lenz at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis; The Grapes of Wrath and Liquid Skin at the Mixed Blood Theater in Minneapolis; Cymbeline at The New York Shakespeare Festival; 'Tis a Pity She's a Whore at Chicago's Goodman Theater; and Blood Knot at Hollywood's Complex Theater. Cheadle has also directed West Coast stage productions of Groomed, Cincinnati Man, The Trip, and Three, True, One, among other plays.

Cheadle is also a writer, singer and musician. He was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2004 for Best Spoken Word Album for his narration/dramatization of the Walter Mosley novel Fear Itself.

With human rights activist John Prendergast, he has co-authored a new book, Not on Our Watch, due out in mid-2007. The nonfiction book contains the first-person accounts of extraordinary individuals among us who have mobilized others with an effective unified response to the atrocities in the Darfur region and offers practical strategies for taking further action.

In an effort to further raise awareness about the latter, as producer, Cheadle is currently in post-production on a documentary about the Sudan.

Bio courtesy Sony Pictures Entertainment for "Reign Over Me" (25-Mar-2007)


Biography #3 (for After The Sunset)

Don Cheadle has consistently turned in powerful performances on the stage and screen. First recognized by the Los Angeles Film Critics as Best Supporting Actor for his breakout performance opposite Denzel Washington in Devil In a Blue Dress, Cheadle has gone to star in such features as the Academy Award-winning Traffic, Ocean's Eleven and Out Of Sight. His other movie credits include Boogie Nights, Volcano, Rosewood, Swordfish, Mission To Mars, Bulworth and director Brett Ratner's Family Man. He will next be seen in Ocean's Twelve and Hotel Rwanda. In addition, Cheadle has embraced independent features, such as Allison Anders' Things Behind The Sun which aired on Showtime and earned him an Emmy nomination. He also starred in the all digital movie, Manic, by Director Jordan Melamed, and more recently, The United States Of Leland for Kevin Spacey's Trigger Street Productions.

For television, well-known for his two-year stint on David E. Kelly's critically-acclaimed series, Picket Fences, Cheadle won the Golden Globe for his remarkable portrayal of ‘Sammy Davis Jr.' in HBO's The Rat Pack, a performance that also earned him an Emmy nomination as Best Supporting Actor. That same year he was nominated for an Emmy as Best Actor in HBO's A Lesson For Dying.

Born in Kansas City, Missouri, Cheadle attended California Institute of the Arts where he received his Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts. With the encouragement of college friends, Cheadle auditioned for numerous roles and eventually landed a recurring role on the hit series, Fame. This lead to feature film roles in Colors, directed by Dennis Hopper, the John Irvin directed Hamburger Hill and Meteor Man, directed by Robert Townsend.

Cheadle will next be directing his first feature film, Tishomingo Blues. Production is set to begin this fall.

Bio courtesy New Line Cinema for "After The Sunset" (21-Nov-2004)


Biography #4

Don Cheadle was named Best Supporting Actor by the Los Angeles Film Critics for his breakout performance opposite Denzel Washington in Devil in a Blue Dress.

He received an Emmy Award nomination and a Golden Globe award for his remarkable portrayal of Sammy Davis Jr. in HBO's The Rat Pack. He also earned an Emmy nomination for his role in HBO's A Lesson Before Dying, alongside Cicely Tyson and Mekhi Phifer. He was also seen in Warren Beatty's Bulworth, for which he received an NAACP Image Award nomination, and Out of Sight, the Steven Soderbergh-directed adaptation of Elmore Leonard's novel, alongside George Clooney, Jennifer Lopez and Ving Rhames.

Born in Kansas City, Missouri, Cheadle later relocated to Lincoln, Nebraska; Denver, Colorado and eventually settled in Los Angeles. He attended the prestigious CalArts in Valencia, California, where he received his Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts. With the encouragement of his college friends, Cheadle auditioned for a variety of film and television roles while attending school and landed a recurring role on the hit series Fame.

Cheadle was then cast in the feature film Hamburger Hill, in the role of Washburn, opposite Dylan McDermott and directed by John Irvin. His additional film credits include Boogie Nights, directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, Volcano, opposite Tommy Lee Jones, the John Singleton-directed Rosewood, for which he also received an NAACP Image Award nomination, Colors, and Meteor Man, directed by Robert Townsend.

His stage credits include roles in The Grapes of Wrath and Liquid Skin at The Mixed Blood Theater in Minneapolis, Cymbeline at The New York Shakespeare Festival, ‘Tis Pity She's a Whore at Chicago's Goodman Theater, and Athol Fugard's South African play Blood Knot at the Complex Theater in Hollywood.

Well-known for his two-year stint in the role of district attorney John Littleton on the critically acclaimed series Picket Fences, Cheadle's other television credits include a starring role in HBO's Rebound: The Legend of Earl ‘The Goat' Manigault, directed by Eriq LaSalle; a series regular role on The Golden Palace and a recurring role on The Fresh Prince of Bel Air.

A talented musician who plays saxophone, writes music and sings, Don Cheadle is also an accomplished director with the stage productions of Cincinnati Man at the Attic Theater and the critically acclaimed The Trip at Friends and Artists Theater in Hollywood.

In addition, Cheadle is also currently focused on writing a screenplay as well as trying to find a home for his most current stage production entitled Groomed. The play made its Los Angeles debut at last year's New Works Festival at the Mark Taper Forum.

Cheadle resides in Los Angeles and is currently preparing to direct a movie for Jersey Films.

Bio courtesy Touchstone (01-Jan-2000)


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