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Jeffrey Wright

Jeffrey Wright

Jeffrey Wright is featured in:

Season 6, Episode 4: This Land Is My Land

Jeffrey Wright is a Tony, Emmy, AFI and Golden Globe Award-winning actor who has enjoyed an illustrious career, spanning the worlds of theater, film, and television. Wright can currently be seen playing the critically acclaimed role of ‘Bernard Lowe’ in HBO’s “Westworld,” for which he has earned two Emmy nominations. The third season premieres first quarter 2020 Also, in 2020, he can next be seen reprising his role of CIA agent ‘Felix Leiter’ in the next James Bond installment, titled No Time to Die to be released April 10, 2020. In addition to that, Wright was recently tapped to play ‘Commissioner Gordon’ in the next Batman installment by Matt Reeves, titled The Batman and starring Robert Patterson as Batman. Wright also can be seen in an all-star ensemble cast in Wes Anderson’s The French Dispatch (2020).

His recent projects also include lead roles in Netflix’s Hold the Dark and HBO’s O.G., which premiered at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival, where he won the award for Best Actor in a U.S. Narrative Feature Film and in 2019 he appeared in the lead role of ‘Hobie’ in Warner Brothers’ The Goldfinchand the Sundance darling All Rise (formerly Monster). He also had a strong supporting role in Netflix’s The Laundromat and voices the character of ‘McWinkle’ in the Netflix series, Dr. Sesuss’ “Green Eggs and Ham.”

Wright broke onto the big screen in 1996 with a harrowing performance in the feature Basquiat, portraying the gifted late painter Jean Michele Basquiat. Since then he’s appeared in such productions as Syriana, The Manchurian Candidate, The Hunger Games, Casino Royale, series, HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire.”

Wright made his Broadway debut in 1993 in the landmark play “Angels in America: Millennium Approaches,” playing three parts. He returned to his roles in the continuation of the story, “Angels in America: Perestroika,” winning a Tony Award and a Drama Desk Award for his performance. Ten years later, Wright became the only original member of the Broadway cast to star in the HBO adaptation of “Angels in America,” for which he won Golden Globe and Emmy Awards.

Born in Washington, D.C., Wright graduated from Amherst College and received a B.A. in political science. He later earned a doctorate of humane letters from his alma mater. He resides in Brooklyn, New York, with his family.

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Finding Your Roots Season Six

Discover the surprising ancestral stories of 27 fascinating guests, including Jeffrey Wright, Sigourney Weaver, Melissa McCarthy, Sterling K. Brown, Jordan Peele, Nancy Pelosi, Gayle King, Norah O’Donnell, Queen Latifah, Jon Batiste, Diane von Furstenberg, Zac Posen, Jeff Goldblum, Anjelica Huston, Isabella Rossellini, Terry Gross, Eric Stonestreet and more in season six of Finding Your Roots.

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