Don Cheadle is an American actor and filmmaker. Cheadle has built his career in the 1990s with roles in ‘Devil in a Blue Dress,’ ‘Rosewood,’ and ‘Boogie Nights’. His collaboration with director Steven Soderbergh resulted in the films ‘Out of Sight’, ‘Traffic,’ and ‘The Ocean’s Trilogy.
Don Cheadle Biography
|Full Name||Donald Frank Cheadle Jr.|
|Known Name||Don Cheadle|
|Nickname||Don or The Don|
|Date of Birth||November 29, 1964|
|Birth Place||Kansas City, Missouri, United States|
|Profession||Actor, Film Producer, Screenwriter|
Don Cheadle Net Worth
|Net Worth:||$40 Million|
|Salary:||$150 Thousand Per Episode|
|Date of Birth:||Nov 29, 1964 (57 years old)|
|Height:||5 ft 8 in (1.734 m)|
|Profession:||Actor, Film Producer, Television producer, Author, Voice Actor, Film director, Screenwriter|
|Nationality:||United States of America|
Don Cheadle was born in 1964 in Kansas City, Missouri to clinical psychologist Donald Sr. and teacher Bettye. He has two siblings, Colin and Cindy. Cheadle’s family moved frequently throughout his childhood. In Lincoln, Nebraska, he attended Hartley Elementary School, and later went to East High School in Denver, Colorado. At the latter, he played saxophone in the school jazz band, sang in the choir, and acted in plays and musicals. For his higher education, Cheadle attended the California Institute of the Arts, graduating with a BFA in theater in 1986.
In the mid-80s, Cheadle became eligible for his Screen Actors Guild card after he appeared in the comedy film “Moving Violations.” Over the subsequent years, he was in the war film “Hamburger Hill” and the crime film “Colors,” and appeared on such television shows as “Fame,” “L.A. Law,” “Sidekicks,” “Hill Street Blues,” and “Night Court.
Don Cheadle Relationship & Married Life
Reports suggest that Cheadle is a descent of Cameroonian. It is said that this has been testified by a DNA test of Cheadle. Cheadle is married to his long-time partner, actress, and love, Bridgid Coulter. Coulter was Cheadle’s co-star in the movie Rosewood. They got married in 2020 but had been together for over 28 years.
Following his roles in “Roadside Prophets,” “The Meteor Man,” and “Things to Do in Denver When You’re Dead,” Cheadle received widespread recognition for his performance as Mouse Alexander in the 1995 thriller “Devil in a Blue Dress.” For his work, he won Best Supporting Actor awards from the National Society of Film Critics and the Los Angeles Film Critics Association. In 1997, Cheadle starred in the disaster film “Volcano” and the historical drama “Rosewood,” and was part of the large ensemble cast of Paul Thomas Anderson’s period film “Boogie Nights.” More prominent roles came the following year, including parts in Warren Beatty’s political satire “Bulworth” and Steven Soderbergh’s crime comedy “Out of Sight.” Cheadle re-teamed with Soderbergh in 2000 for the epic Oscar-winning crime drama “Traffic,” and then again for the 2001 remake of “Ocean’s Eleven” and its two sequels. Among Cheadle’s other credits during this time were “Mission to Mars,” “The Family Man,” “Rush Hour 2,” “Manic,” “Swordfish,” and “The United States of Leland.”
Cheadle had one of his best movie years in 2004. In addition to appearing in “After the Sunset” and “The Assassination of Richard Nixon,” he starred in the critically acclaimed “Hotel Rwanda” as Paul Rusesabagina, a real-life politician and humanitarian who housed refugees in his hotel during the Rwandan genocide. For his performance, Cheadle was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor. More awards success followed in 2005, when Cheadle was part of the ensemble cast of the Best Picture Oscar winner “Crash.” Among his subsequent credits were “The Dog Problem”; the Adam Sandler drama “Reign Over Me”; the biopic “Talk to Me,” costarring Chiwetel Ejiofor and Taraji P. Henson; the documentary “Darfur Now”; the spy thriller “Traitor”; and the family film “Hotel for Dogs.”
Marvel Cinematic Universe and Further Film Career
In 2010, Cheadle made his debut in the Marvel Cinematic Universe when he took over the role of James Rhodes, also known as War Machine, in “Iron Man 2.” Throughout the rest of the decade, he reprised the role in “Iron Man 3,” “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Captain America: Civil War,” “Avengers: Infinity War,” and “Avengers: Endgame.” Also during the decade, he starred in such films as “Brooklyn’s Finest,” with Richard Gere and Ethan Hawke; the Irish cop comedy “The Guard,” costarring Brendan Gleeson; the Denzel Washington drama “Flight”; and the biopic “Miles Ahead,” in which he played musician Miles Davis.
On television in the early 90s, Cheadle was in episodes of “China Beach,” “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” and “Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper.” He had a supporting role on the “Golden Girls” spinoff series “The Golden Palace,” and had a main role as D.A. John Littleton on three seasons of “Picket Fences.” In 1996, he starred in the HBO television film “Rebound: The Legend of Earl ‘The Goat’ Manigault.” Following this, Cheadle earned Emmy Award nominations for his performances in two other television movies: “The Rat Pack” and “A Lesson Before Dying.” The next decade, more Emmy nominations came for the Showtime movie “Things Behind the Sun” and the medical series “ER,” on which Cheadle had a guest role.
In 2012, Cheadle began one of his most acclaimed television performances on the comedy series “House of Lies,” which earned him a Golden Globe Award and four consecutive Emmy nominations. Later, in 2019, he won more plaudits for his starring role on the series “Black Monday,” about the events leading up to the 1987 stock market crash. In 2021, it was announced that Cheadle would join the cast of the ABC remake of “The Wonder Years.
Here are some of the best highlights of Don Cheadle’s career:
- Hotel Rwanda (Movie, 2004)
- Crash (Movie, 2004)
- Ocean’s Thirteen (Movie, 2007)
- Iron Man 2 (Movie, 2010)
- Miles Ahead (Movie, 2015)
- Avengers: Endgame (Movie, 2019)
Cheadle had a role in ‘Picket Fences’ and followed it with performances in ‘Devil in a Blue Dress,’ Rosewood’ and ‘Boogie Nights. He soon began to work with director Steven Soderbergh and appeared in the movies ‘Out of Sight’, ‘Traffic’ and ‘Ocean’s Eleven.’
Other Cheadle films include ‘The Rat Pack, ‘Things Behind the Sun,’ ‘Swordfish,’ ‘Crash,’ ‘Ocean’s Twelve,’ ‘Ocean’s Thirteen ‘Reign Over Me,’ ‘Talk to Me,’ ‘Traitor,’ ‘Iron Man 2’ and ‘Iron Man 3’. In 2004, he had a lead role as the Rwandan hotel manager Paul Rusesabagina in the genocide drama film ‘Hotel Rwanda’ earned him a nomination for an Academy Award for Best Actor.
In 2007, he and fellow actor George Clooney were presented with the Summit Peace Award by the Nobel Peace Prize Laureates in Rome for their work to stop the genocide and relieve the suffering of the people of Darfur. He was then cast on the sitcom ‘House of Lies’ to win a Golden Globe Award. He was nominated again for the series in 2013 and 2014.