Jeffrey Wright is an award-winning American actor known for his role as Belize in the HBO miniseries Angels in America. He now appears in the main role of Bernard Lowe in the HBO science-fiction series Westworld.
Jeffrey Wright Bio; Age, Parents, Education
Jeffrey Wright of 54 years of age was born on 7 December 1965 in Washington, D.C., United States. He is the son of James Charles Wright and Barbara Evon (Whiting). He was raised by his mother and aunt as his father died when he was a year old. His mother Barbara served as a U.S. Customs Bureau attorney, who was the top woman law specialist in the area. Meanwhile, his aunt was a head surgical nurse at DC General Hospital.
Wright, with a height of 5 feet 11 inches (1.80 meters) grew up around the richness of Washington’s African-American community. He attended St. Albans School for Boys in Washington, DC. He studied at Amherst College in Massachusetts, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in political science in 1987. Afterward, he went to New York University on a theatre scholarship but dropped out after only two months to become a full-time actor.
What Is His Ethnicity?
The actor is African-American by ethnicity. Both his paternal grandparents were born in the United States. His mother’s ancestors were free persons of color during slavery in York County, Virginia.
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However, he does not consider himself as a black man in Hollywood. Talking to the interviews, he revealed that he has not faced many struggles as an African-American man in Hollywood.
His Career; Movies, TV Shows
Jeffrey made his acting debut at the age of 24 from the 1990 movie Presumed Innocent. His first major on-screen performance came in 1996 in the biographical drama film Basquiat. Moreover, he played the role of Martin Luther King, Jr. in the 2001 biographical drama Boycott.
In 2003, he appeared in an award-winning role of Belize in the HBO miniseries Angels in America. From 2013 to 2014, he starred as Dr. Valentin Narcisse in the HBO series Boardwalk Empire. Besides, he has lent his voice for the TV shows such as The Venture Brothers (2016), She’s Gotta Have It (2017), and Green Eggs and Ham (2019).
Some of his roles in movies include Celebrity (1998), Casino Royale (2006), W. (2008), The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013), and The Laundromat (2019). He is set to portray the role of Commissioner James “Jim” Gordon in the upcoming superhero film The Batman, making him the first black actor to portray the character.
What Is Jeffrey Wright’s Net Worth?
The veteran actor’s net worth is contributed by his roles in movies and TV shows. From his acting stint for three decades, he has made a net worth of an estimated $8 million.
Married Life; Wife, Children
The 54-year-old was married to British actress Carmen Ejogo. Carmen, aged 46 is known for her roles in movies such as The Avengers, Love’s Labour’s Lost, and What’s the Worst That Could Happen?
The duo first met on the set of Boycott and started dating. They tied the wedding knot on 18 October 2001 and divorced after 13 years of marriage in 2014. They share two children from their relationship; a daughter named Juno and a son named Elijah. As of now, he and his ex-wife are co-parenting two kids together. The actor does not have any plans to get married again.
Some Interesting Facts About Jeffrey Wright
- Jeffrey has won Tony Awards, Golden Globe Awards, and Emmy Awards for his role in Angels in America series.
- He received an honorary degree from his alma mater, Amherst College in 2004.
- In 2020, he lent his voice role for the character Isaac Dixon in the action-adventure game The Last of Us Part II.
- He is both a producer and an actor in the movie Blackout (2007) and One Blood (2009).