Played by Jeffrey Wright
Tony, Emmy, AFI and Golden Globe Award-winning actor Jeffrey Wright has enjoyed an illustrious career that has spanned the worlds of theater, film and television.
Wright can be seen playing Bernard Lowe in HBO’s reimagining of Michael Crichton’s 1973 film, Westworld. Wright’s recent television appearances include his portrayal of Dr. Valentin Narcisse in HBO's critically-acclaimed series Boardwalk Empire. Wright was nominated for a Critics Choice Television Award in the category of Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of Narcisse, as well as a Screen Actors Guild Award in the category of Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series on behalf of the show.
On the big screen, Wright was seen in two features: Pixar's animated film The Good Dinosaur, where he voiced the role of Poppa Henry; and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2, where he reprised his role as Beetee, the electronics and wiring expert from District 3. Wright previously starred in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.
A gifted theater actor, Wright was on stage as the lead in John Guare's A Free Man of Color at Lincoln Center, directed by George C. Wolfe, a frequent collaborator. In 2001 and 2002 respectively, Wright earned an Obie award and a Tony nomination for his work in the play Topdog/Underdog. Wright garnered a Tony Award in 1994 for his portrayal in Tony Kushner's Pulitzer Prize-winning epic Angels in America, also directed by George C. Wolfe. Wright reprised his Angels role in HBO's 2003 mini-series adaptation of the play, earning both a Golden Globe and an Emmy for his groundbreaking performance.
On film, Wright has portrayed a stunning array of icons and iconoclasts. His brilliant portrayal of the renowned and controversial graffiti artist, Jean Michel Basquiat, in the 1996 film Basquiat, received widespread praise from critics and earned him an Independent Spirit Award nomination. On the other end of the spectrum, Wright has taken on roles in the 2006 and 2008 James Bond films Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace. Also in 2008, Wright starred as Muddy Waters in Cadillac Records and as Colin Powell in Oliver Stone's W. In 2005, he co-starred in the award-winning film Syriana. His other credits include Stephen Daldry's Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close; Jonathan Demme's remake of The Manchurian Candidate; Jim Jarmusch's Only Lovers Left Alive and Broken Flowers, which earned him another Independent Spirit Award nomination; Ang Lee's Ride With the Devil; Allen Hughes' political thriller Broken City; George Clooney's The Ides of March; and Shaft.
In addition to acting, Wright is founder and Vice Chairman of Taia Lion Resources and co-founder and Chairman of Taia Peace Foundation. He is the co-founder of the Ebola Survival Fund and is on the advisory board of the United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF). He also serves on the boards of directors of the Tribeca Film Institute and Resolve. Wright was named by the Government of Sierra Leone as the “Peace by Piece” Ambassador for that country's 2011 50th Anniversary Independence Celebration, and in 2011, Wright was named honorary Paramount Chief of Penguia Chiefdom, Sierra Leone.
Born in Washington, D.C., Wright graduated from Amherst College, receiving a B.A. in political science in 1987 and earned a doctorate of humane letters from his alma mater in 2004. Wright resides in Brooklyn, NY, with his family.