In addition to his distinguished film career, Lennix made his mark on the small screen with his role as the legendary Adam Clayton Powell Jr. in Showtime's Keep The Faith Baby for which he won a Black Reel Award and was nominated for both an NAACP Image Award and a Golden Satellite Award. He continued to make his presence known with recurring roles on ER and Diagnosis Murder and other guest starring appearances.
Lennix has directed and appeared in stage productions across the country, including the Northlight Theater Company's production of Permanent Collection, which recently closed at the Greenway Arts Alliance in Los Angeles under his co-direction, and will be remounted at Los Angeles' Kirk Douglas Theater. He directed the stage version of Townsend's The Five Heartbeats, which received 3 NAACP Theater Award nominations and The Glass Menagerie for the Steppenwolf Theater Company.
As a stage actor, Lennix was the first distinguished recipient of an Ollie Award for his portrayal of Malcolm X at the Goodman Theater in Chicago and two Joseph Jefferson Citations for his roles in Ma Rainey's Black Bottom and Caught in the Act and starred as King Hedley II at the Mark Taper Forum. In 2001, he was part of the first American company to be invited to the Royal Shakespeare Company in the production of Cymbeline.
Lennix has also been extremely active in his native Chicago community where he was an English and music teacher before becoming an actor. He founded Legacy Productions with renowned director Chuck Smith in 1989. The company is dedicated to promoting significant works about the African American experience. He is on the staff of the Goodman Theater Co. He also is active in various civic groups and is on the Advisory Council for his alma mater, Northwestern University.
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Harry Lennix Facts
|Birth Name||Harry Joseph Lennix|
|Birthday||November 16, 1964 (52)|
|Birthplace||Chicago, Illinois, USA|
|Height||6' 4" (1m93) How tall is Harry Lennix compared to you?|
|Commander In Chief (2005) as Jim Gardner (breakthrough)|
|Love and Basketball (2000)|
|Guarding Tess (1994)|
|Bob Roberts (1992)|
|The Five Heartbeats (1991)|
|The Human Stain|