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Biography #2 (for The Terminal)

Barry Shabaka Henley next co-stars in the drama Collateral, starring Tom Cruise and Jamie Foxx, under the direction of Michael Mann. Henley previously collaborated with Mann as a regular on the drama series Robbery Homicide Division, which Mann produced. The actor also appeared in Mann's acclaimed biopic Ali, starring Will Smith.

Henley's additional film credits include Life, Patch Adams, Rush Hour, How Stella Got Her Groove Back, Bulworth, Lord of Illusions, Devil in a Blue Dress, The Scout, The Thing Called Love and What's Love Got To Do With It. His television work includes a recurring role on Roc, and guest spots on such series as Oz, ER, NYPD Blue and Crossing Jordan, among others.

An accomplished stage actor, Henley won Drama Desk and Obie Awards as a member of the New York ensemble cast of August Wilson's Jitney. He reprised his role in cities nationwide, including Boston, Chicago and Los Angeles, as well as in the London production, for which the cast won an Olivier Award. He has also appeared on the stages of Los Angeles in such plays as Richard II, Fool for Love, Boseman & Lena, Wild Duck, Waiting for Godot and Rabbit Foot, the last of which he directed.

In addition, Henley worked with the West Coast Black Repertory Theatre and spent eight years with San Francisco's Mime Troupe. In 1987, he was honored with a Tony Award for Excellence in Regional Theatre for his work with the troupe.

Born in New Orleans, Henley has traveled extensively in Europe and Africa. A professor of African Studies suggested adding Shabaka to his name, honoring the Nubian pharaoh acclaimed for reviving cultural arts in ancient Egypt.

Bio courtesy DreamWorks for "The Terminal" (17-Jun-2004)