Star Story – Don Cheadle

don-cheadle2Birthday: November 29, 1964

Birthplace: Kansas City, Missouri

If you’ve been following the career of Don Cheadle for any length of time, you may find it hard to believe that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has nominated him for an Academy Award only once, for his starring role in 2004’s Hotel Rwanda. Hey, Oscar, what about Cheadle’s portrayal of Petey Greene in Talk to Me or his supporting role in Reign over Me?

Donald Frank Cheadle, Jr., whom the Washington Post calls “a character actor’s actor,” graduated from high school in Denver and earned a bachelor of fine arts from California Institute of the Arts, which he now serves as a member of the board of trustees.

Sophie Okonedo, who starred with Cheadle in Hotel Rwanda, told the Post, “He’s very humble. He’s the real deal, a proper actor. There’s no ego.” Perhaps that’s what we should expect from this son of a clinical psychologist and a psychology teacher, but his humility goes against Hollywood type.

Now starring with Ewan McGregor in Miles Ahead, the Miles Davis biopic he co-wrote and directed, Cheadle also leads the cast of TV’s House of Lies. This versatile leading man has been acting ever since he played Templeton in Charlotte’s Web in fifth grade, a role he took very seriously. He still finds it exciting to play different types of characters. “I want to be a part of great things,” he says. And he is.

Selected Films of Don Cheadle

  • 2016:  Miles Ahead (available on Blu-ray Disc and DVD 7/19/16); Captain America: Civil War (coming to disc soon)
  • 2015: Avengers: Age of Ultron
  • 2013: Iron Man 3
  • 2011: The Guard
  • 2009: Brooklyn’s Finest; Hotel for Dogs
  • 2008: Traitor
  • 2007: Ocean’s Thirteen; Reign over Me; Talk to Me
  • 2004: Ocean’s Twelve; After the Sunset; Hotel Rwanda; Crash; The Assassination of Richard Nixon

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