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Born Dec. 7, 1965, in Washington, D.C., Jeffrey Wright was raised by his mother -- an attorney for the U.S. Customs Department -- when his father died during Wright's infancy. Planning to follow in his mom's footsteps, Wright majored in political science at college, but the acting bug bit. After graduating, he won a scholarship to study acting at New York University but soon dropped out to pursue the profession full time.

His decision proved wise: In 1993, Wright was cast as Roy Cohn's flamboyant nurse in "Angels in America, Perestroika," a role that netted the actor a Tony Award and an Emmy when he reprised the part in the HBO miniseries. More accolades followed for his performance as the title character in Basquiat (1996).

Other notable films for Wright include Ali (2001), The Manchurian Candidate (2004), Broken Flowers (2005) and the James Bond saga Casino Royale (2006).

Jeffrey Wright in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2

2015 PG-13

As the dystopian franchise reaches its powerful conclusion, Katniss Everdeen -- flanked by her allies from District 13 -- embarks on a quest to liberate the oppressed citizens of Panem by assassinating ruthless President Snow.

  • Jeffrey Wright in The Good Dinosaur The Good Dinosaur
  • Jeffrey Wright in Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
  • Jeffrey Wright in Quantum of Solace Quantum of Solace
  • Jeffrey Wright in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
  • Jeffrey Wright in Broken City Broken City
  • Jeffrey Wright in Casino Royale Casino Royale
  • Jeffrey Wright in Confirmation Confirmation
  • Jeffrey Wright in Source Code Source Code
  • Jeffrey Wright in The Manchurian Candidate The Manchurian Candidate
  • Jeffrey Wright in Syriana Syriana
  • Jeffrey Wright in The Ides of March The Ides of March
  • Jeffrey Wright in Ali Ali
  • Jeffrey Wright in Only Lovers Left Alive Only Lovers Left Alive
  • Jeffrey Wright in Lady in the Water Lady in the Water
  • Jeffrey Wright in Ride with the Devil Ride with the Devil
  • Jeffrey Wright in Broken Flowers Broken Flowers
  • Jeffrey Wright in Live Free or Die Hard Live Free or Die Hard
  • Jeffrey Wright in Basquiat Basquiat
  • Jeffrey Wright in The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete
  • Jeffrey Wright in Cadillac Records Cadillac Records
  • Jeffrey Wright in The Invasion The Invasion
  • Jeffrey Wright in W. W.
  • Jeffrey Wright in Boycott Boycott
  • Jeffrey Wright in Blackout Blackout
  • Jeffrey Wright in Chicago 10 Chicago 10
  • Jeffrey Wright in Hamlet Hamlet
  • Jeffrey Wright in Eye See You Eye See You
  • Jeffrey Wright in Angels in America Angels in America
  • Jeffrey Wright in A Child's Garden of Poetry A Child's Garden of Poetry
  • Jeffrey Wright in Rupert Patterson Wants to Be a Superhero Rupert Patterson Wants to Be a Superhero
  • Jeffrey Wright in Too Tired to Die Too Tired to Die
  • Jeffrey Wright in Shaft Shaft
  • Jeffrey Wright in With All Deliberate Speed With All Deliberate Speed
  • Jeffrey Wright in The Topdog Diaries The Topdog Diaries
  • Jeffrey Wright in Wrestling with Angels: Tony Kushner Wrestling with Angels: Tony Kushner
  • Jeffrey Wright in A Single Shot A Single Shot