Don Cheadle

Donald Frank Cheadle Jr. (/ˈtʃiːdəl/; born November 29, 1964)[1] is an American actor. Following early roles in Hamburger Hill (1987), and as the gangster "Rocket" in the film Colors (1988), Cheadle built his career in the 1990s with roles in Devil in a Blue Dress (1995), Rosewood (1997) and Boogie Nights (1997). His collaboration with director Steven Soderbergh resulted in the films Out of Sight (1998), Traffic (2000) and Ocean's Eleven (2001).

Cheadle was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor for his lead role as Rwandan hotel manager Paul Rusesabagina in the historical genocide drama film Hotel Rwanda (2004). From 2012 to 2016, he starred as Marty Kaan on the Showtime comedy series House of Lies; he won a Golden Globe Award in 2013 for the role.

Cheadle extended his global recognition with his role of War Machine in the Marvel Cinematic Universe films Iron Man 2 (2010), Iron Man 3 (2013), Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), Captain America: Civil War (2016), Avengers: Infinity War (2018) and Avengers: Endgame (2019).

Don Cheadle
Don Cheadle UNEP 2011 (cropped)
Cheadle in 2011
Born
Donald Frank Cheadle Jr.

November 29, 1964 (age 54)
OccupationActor, film producer, director, writer, author
Years active1984–present
Partner(s)Bridgid Coulter (1992–present)
Children2
Parent(s)Donald Frank Cheadle Sr.
Bettye North

Early life

Cheadle was born in Kansas City, Missouri, the son of Bettye (née North), a teacher, and Donald Frank Cheadle Sr., a clinical psychologist.[1] He has a sister, Cindy, and a brother, Colin. His family moved from city to city throughout his childhood. He attended Hartley Elementary School in Lincoln, Nebraska, from 1970 to 1974.[2] Cheadle graduated in 1982 from East High School in Denver, Colorado. During high school, he played saxophone in the jazz band, sang in the choirs and was active in the theatre department, performing in musicals, plays, and mime shows under the direction of Catherine Davis.

Film and television work

Cheadle became eligible for his Screen Actors Guild (SAG) card when he appeared as a burger joint employee in the 1985 comedy Moving Violations.[3] He then appeared in Hamburger Hill in 1987, and played the role of Jack in the April 1, 1988 "Jung and the Restless" episode of Night Court. Although his character was 16 years old, Cheadle was 23 at the time.

Cheadle then played the role of Rocket in the 1988 movie Colors. In 1989, he appeared in a video for Angela Winbush's No. 2 hit single "It's the Real Thing", performing dance moves in an orange jump suit, working at a car wash.[4] In 1990, he appeared in an episode of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air titled "Homeboy, Sweet Homeboy", playing Will Smith's friend and Hilary's first love interest, Ice Tray.[5] In 1992, he played a supporting role in The Golden Girls spin-off The Golden Palace. Cheadle subsequently played district attorney John Littleton on three seasons of Picket Fences.

Cheadle first received widespread notice for his portrayal of Mouse Alexander in the film Devil in a Blue Dress, for which he won Best Supporting Actor awards from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association and the National Society of Film Critics and was nominated for similar awards from the Screen Actors Guild and the NAACP Image Awards. Following soon thereafter was his performance in the title role of the 1996 HBO TV movie Rebound: The Legend of Earl "The Goat" Manigault. He also starred in the 1997 film Volcano, directed by Mick Jackson.

Cheadle's television credits include Emmy-nominated performances in the movies The Rat Pack, A Lesson Before Dying, Things Behind the Sun and in a guest appearance on ER. The last of these spanned four episodes during the show's ninth season, in which he portrayed Paul Nathan, a medical student struggling to cope with Parkinson's disease. He has made appearances in films including Rosewood, The Family Man, Boogie Nights, Out of Sight, Traffic, and Ocean's Eleven. These last three were directed by Steven Soderbergh. He made a cameo appearance in the film Abby Singer. In 2005, Cheadle was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of Paul Rusesabagina in the film Hotel Rwanda. He also starred in and co-produced Crash, which won the 2006 Academy Award for Best Picture. For his performance in Crash, Cheadle was nominated for the BAFTA and Screen Actors Guild Awards for Best Supporting Actor. He played the main character in the movie Traitor.

In March 2007, Cheadle starred with comedian Adam Sandler in Mike Binder's Reign Over Me, a comedy-drama about a man who has slipped away from reality after his wife and three daughters died. After playing for 38 days, the film became a box office flop earning a domestic gross of only 22.2 million. Cheadle later starred in the 2009 DreamWorks Pictures film Hotel for Dogs.[6][7] Cheadle was to make his directorial debut with the adaptation of Elmore Leonard's Tishomingo Blues, but in July 2007 he stated, "'Tishomingo' is dead..."[8]

Cheadle appeared in NFL commercials promoting the Super Bowl from 2002 to 2005. He so regularly appeared for the NFL in its Super Bowl advertising that in 2006, in a drive to get fans to submit their own advertising ideas, the NFL sought his permission to reference his previous commercials to portray themselves as having no new ideas: "he quickly signed off on the idea and found it funny." Abe Sutton (along with Etan Bednarsh), one of the finalists in this NFL contest, played on this commercial by proposing an ad where every player on a football team is Don Cheadle.[9]

In 2009, Cheadle and Boondocks creator Aaron McGruder worked on a potential comedy show on NBC.[10] The "project revolve[d] around mismatched brothers who reunite to open a private security company."[10] Cheadle and McGruder were slated to serve as executive producers, while McGruder was expected to write the script.[11]

Also in 2009, Cheadle performed in The People Speak, a documentary feature film that uses dramatic and musical performances of the letters, diaries, and speeches of everyday Americans, based on historian Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States.[12]

In 2010, Cheadle assumed the role of War Machine / James Rhodes in Iron Man 2 (2010), replacing Terrence Howard. Cheadle reprised this role in Iron Man 3 (2013), Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), Captain America: Civil War (2016), Avengers: Infinity War (2018)[13], and Avengers: Endgame (2019).

From 2012 to 2016, Cheadle starred in the Showtime TV series House of Lies. In 2013, he won the Golden Globe as Best Actor in a Comedy Series for his role on the show.[14]

Cheadle spent ten years writing and producing the film Miles Ahead (2016) based on the life of jazz musician Miles Davis. Cheadle also directed and starred in the film.[15] Locations for the movie were found in Cincinnati.[16]

In 2018, Cheadle guest starred in the first season finale of DuckTales, providing Donald Duck's new voice box.

Activism

Cheadle has campaigned to end the genocide in Darfur, Sudan. Cheadle and John Prendergast co-authored a book about this issue entitled Not On Our Watch: The Mission to End Genocide in Darfur and Beyond. With George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, David Pressman and Jerry Weintraub, Cheadle co-founded the Not On Our Watch Project, an organization focusing global attention and resources to stop and prevent mass atrocities. Cheadle was awarded the BET Humanitarian award of the year in 2007 for his humanitarian work for the people of Darfur and Rwanda.[17]

At the 2007 World Series of Poker, Cheadle and poker player Annie Duke organized an annual charity poker tournament, Ante Up for Africa.[18][19]

On December 13, 2007, Cheadle 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.

Cheadle has worked with the United Nations on climate change concerns. He and Harrison Ford created a documentary event series entitled Years of Living Dangerously that provided first-hand reports on those affected by, and seeking solutions to climate change.[20] He is also on the Advisory Board of Citizens Climate Lobby.[21]

In 2010, Cheadle was named U.N. Environment Program Goodwill Ambassador.[22] Also in 2010, he and Prendergast published their second book: The Enough Moment: Fighting to End Africa's Worst Human Rights Crimes.

On his 2019 Saturday Night Live appearance, he wore a T-shirt saying 'protect trans kids'.[23]

Personal life

Don Cheadle 2007
Cheadle in February 2007

In 2008, Cheadle's family history was profiled on the PBS series African American Lives 2. A DNA test revealed that Cheadle is of Cameroonian descent.[24] Another DNA test revealed that among his African ancestry, one-third comes from the region from Senegal to Liberia, just over one-quarter comes from the Congo-Angola region, and the rest comes from western Nigeria and Benin.[25]

Cheadle has two children with his long-term partner, actress and Rosewood co-star Bridgid Coulter.

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
1984 3 Days Angel
1985 Moving Violations Juicy Burgers Worker
1986 Punk
1987 Hamburger Hill Pvt. Washburn
1988 Colors Rocket
1992 Roadside Prophets Happy Days Manager
1993 The Meteor Man Goldilocks
1995 Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead Rooster
1995 Devil in a Blue Dress Mouse Alexander
1996 Rebound: The Legend of Earl "The Goat" Manigault Earl Manigault
1997 Volcano Emmit Reese
1997 Rosewood Sylvester Carrier
1997 Boogie Nights Buck Swope
1998 Out of Sight Maurice Miller
1998 The Rat Pack Sammy Davis Jr.
1998 Bulworth L.D.
2000 Traffic Montel Gordon
2000 Mission to Mars Luke Graham
2000 The Family Man Cash
2001 Rush Hour 2 Kenny Uncredited cameo
2001 Things Behind the Sun Chuck
2001 Manic Dr. David Monroe
2001 Swordfish Agent J.T. Roberts
2001 Ticker Passenger
2001 Ocean's Eleven Basher Tarr Uncredited cameo
2003 Abby Singer Himself
2003 The United States of Leland Pearl Madison
2004 Ocean's Twelve Basher Tarr
2004 After the Sunset Henri Mooré
2004 The Assassination of Richard Nixon Bonny Simmons
2004 Unchained Memories: Readings From The Slave Narratives
2004 Hotel Rwanda Paul Rusesabagina
2005 Crash Det. Graham Waters
2006 The Dog Problem Dr. Nourmand
2006 King Leopold's Ghost Narrator
2007 Reign Over Me Alan Johnson
2007 Talk to Me Petey Greene
2007 Ocean's Thirteen Basher Tarr
2007 Darfur Now Himself
2008 Traitor Samir Horn
2009 Hotel for Dogs Bernie
2009 The People Speak Himself Documentary
2010 Brooklyn's Finest Clarence 'Tango' Butler
2010 Iron Man 2 James "Rhodey" Rhodes /
War Machine
2011 The Guard FBI Agent Wendell Everett
2012 Flight Hugh Lang
2013 Iron Man 3 James "Rhodey" Rhodes /
Iron Patriot
2015 Avengers: Age of Ultron James "Rhodey" Rhodes /
War Machine
2015 Miles Ahead Miles Davis Also director, writer and producer
2016 Captain America: Civil War James "Rhodey" Rhodes /
War Machine
2016 Kevin Hart: What Now? Himself
2018 Avengers: Infinity War James "Rhodey" Rhodes /
War Machine
2019 Avengers: Endgame James "Rhodey" Rhodes /
War Machine
Post-production
TBA Prince of Darkness Jeremiah Hamilton Also producer[26]

Television

Year Series Role Notes
1986 Fame Henry Lee 2 episodes
1986 L.A. Law Julian Tatoon Episode: "Gibbon Take"
1986 Sidekicks Cholo (Gang Leader) Episode: "The Last Electric Knight"
1987 Hill Street Blues Darius Milton Episode: "Days of Swine and Roses"
1987 The Bronx Zoo Carver Episode: "Small Victories"
1988 Night Court Jack Episode: "Jung and the Restless"
1988 Hooperman Himself Episode: "High Noon"
1989 Booker Himself Episode: "The Pump"
1990 China Beach Angel Episode: "Warriors"
1990 The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Ice Tray Episode: "Homeboy, Sweet Homeboy"
1992–1993 Hangin' with Mr. Cooper Bennie 2 episodes
1992–1993 The Golden Palace Roland Wilson 24 episodes
1993 Lush Life Jack TV movie
1993–1995 Picket Fences D.A. John Littleton 38 episodes
1996 Rebound: The Legend of Earl "The Goat" Manigault Earl "The Goat" Manigault TV movie
1999 A Lesson Before Dying Grant Wiggins TV movie
2000 The Simpsons Brother Faith Episode: "Faith Off"
2000 Fail Safe Lt. Jimmy Pierce TV movie
2002 The Bernie Mac Show Cousin D 2 episodes
2002 ER Paul Nathan 4 episodes
2003 MADtv Perry Episode #9.3
2012–2016 House of Lies Marty Kaan Lead role; 58 episodes
2012 30 Rock Himself Episode: "Unwindulax"
2014, 2016 Years of Living Dangerously Himself Episode: "Dry Season"
2014–present Thursday Night Football Narrator Intro only
2018 DuckTales Donald Duck Voice
Episode: "The Shadow War"
2019 Black Monday Maurice Monroe
2019 Saturday Night Live Himself (host) Episode: "Don Cheadle/Gary Clark Jr."

As producer

Producer
Year Film Role Notes
2004 Crash Producer
2007 Talk to Me Executive producer
2007 Darfur Now Producer
2008 Traitor Producer
2007 Crash Producer 2 episodes
2014 St. Vincent Executive producer
2015 Miles Ahead Producer
TBA Prince of Darkness Producer[26]

Video games

Year Film Role Notes
2010 Iron Man 2[27] Col. James 'Rhodey' Rhodes / War Machine
2016 Lego Marvel's Avengers Audio archive footage

Theatre

Year Play Role Notes
2001 Topdog/Underdog Booth Off-Broadway performances

Internet

Year Film Role Notes
2010 Drunk History Frederick Douglass Volume 5
2011 Don Cheadle is Captain Planet Captain Planet
2012 Captain Planet 2
2012 Captain Planet 3
2012 Captain Planet 4

Music videos

Year Song Artist Notes
2014 "Run" Jay-Z
2017 "DNA." Kendrick Lamar
2017 "1-800-273-8255" Logic

Awards and nominations

Year Nominated work Award Result
1995 Devil in a Blue Dress Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role Nominated
Picket Fences Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated
1996 Nominated
1997 Boogie Nights Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Nominated
1998 The Rat Pack Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film Won
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie Nominated
1999 A Lesson Before Dying Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie Nominated
Satellite Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film Won
2000 Traffic Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Won
2001 Things Behind the Sun Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie Nominated
2002 ER Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series Nominated
2004 Hotel Rwanda Satellite Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama Won
Academy Award for Best Actor Nominated
Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role Nominated
Crash BAFTA Award for Best Film as producer Nominated
2005 Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Won
BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role Nominated
2007 Talk to Me Satellite Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy Nominated
2012 House of Lies Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy Won
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Nominated
2013 Nominated
Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy Nominated
2014 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Nominated
Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy Nominated
2015 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Nominated
2017 Miles Ahead (soundtrack) Grammy Award for Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media Won

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External links

BET Award for Best Actor

The BET Award for Best Actor is awarded to actors from both television and film. Some nominees have been nominated based on their performances in multiple bodies of work within the eligibility period. Denzel Washington holds the record for most wins in this category with three.

Black Monday (TV series)

Black Monday is an American comedy television series created by Jordan Cahan and David Caspe that premiered on January 20, 2019, on Showtime. The series stars Don Cheadle, Andrew Rannells, Regina Hall, and Paul Scheer and it follows the employees of second-tier Wall Street trading firm The Jammer Group in the year leading up to "Black Monday", the day when international stock markets crashed in 1987.

Boogie Nights

Boogie Nights is a 1997 American drama film written, produced and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson. It is set in Los Angeles' San Fernando Valley and focuses on a young nightclub dishwasher who becomes a popular star of pornographic films, chronicling his rise in the Golden Age of Porn of the 1970s through to his fall during the excesses of the 1980s. The film is an expansion of Anderson's mockumentary short film The Dirk Diggler Story (1988), and stars Mark Wahlberg, Julianne Moore, Burt Reynolds, Don Cheadle, John C. Reilly, William H. Macy, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Heather Graham.

The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 11, 1997 and was released on October 10, 1997, garnering critical acclaim. It was also nominated for three Academy Awards, including Best Original Screenplay for Anderson, Best Supporting Actress for Moore and Best Supporting Actor for Reynolds. The film's soundtrack has also received acclaim.

Bulworth

Bulworth is a 1998 American political satire comedy film co-written, co-produced, directed by, and starring Warren Beatty. It co-stars Halle Berry, Oliver Platt, Don Cheadle, Paul Sorvino, Jack Warden, and Isaiah Washington. The film follows the title character, California Senator Jay Billington Bulworth (Beatty), as he runs for re-election while trying to avoid a hired assassin.

Crash (2004 film)

Crash is a 2004 American drama film produced, directed, and co-written by Paul Haggis. The film features racial and social tensions in Los Angeles. A self-described "passion piece" for Haggis, Crash was inspired by a real-life incident, in which his Porsche was carjacked in 1991 outside a video store on Wilshire Boulevard.Several characters' stories interweave during two days in Los Angeles: a black detective estranged from his mother; his criminal younger brother and gang associate; the white district attorney and his irritated, pampered wife; a racist white police officer who disgusts his more idealistic younger partner; an African-American Hollywood director whose wife must deal with the racist officer; a Persian-immigrant father who is wary of others; and a hard-working Hispanic locksmith family man.

The film deals with racism in a rather impartial approach; rather than separating the characters into victims and offenders, victims of racism are often shown to be prejudiced themselves in different contexts and situations; racist remarks and actions are often shown to stem from ignorance and misconception rather than malice.

The film features an ensemble cast, including Sandra Bullock, Don Cheadle, Matt Dillon, Jennifer Esposito, William Fichtner, Brendan Fraser, Terrence Howard, Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, Thandie Newton, Michael Peña, and Ryan Phillippe. Matt Dillon was particularly praised for his performance and received Academy Award, BAFTA, Golden Globe, and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations for Best Supporting Actor. Additionally, the cast won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. The film received six Academy Award nominations, and won three for Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Film Editing at the 78th Academy Awards. It was also nominated for nine BAFTA awards, and won two, for Best Original Screenplay and Best Supporting Actress for Thandie Newton.

DNA (Kendrick Lamar song)

"DNA" (stylized as "DNA.") is a song by American rapper Kendrick Lamar from his fourth studio album Damn. Despite not being released as a single, the song received support at rhythmic radio after its official music video was released. The second track on the album (thirteenth on the Collector's Edition of Damn), it was written by Lamar, while the production was handled by Mike Will Made It.The song's music video was released on April 18, 2017, and features American actor Don Cheadle.

Hotel Rwanda

Hotel Rwanda is a 2004 British–Italian–South African historical drama film directed by Terry George. It was adapted from a screenplay co-written by George and Keir Pearson, and stars Don Cheadle and Sophie Okonedo as hotelier Paul Rusesabagina and his wife Tatiana. Based on the Rwandan genocide, which occurred during the spring of 1994, the film documents Rusesabagina's acts to save the lives of his family and more than a thousand other refugees by providing them with shelter in the besieged Hôtel des Mille Collines. Hotel Rwanda explores genocide, political corruption, and the repercussions of violence.The film was a co-production between United Artists and Lions Gate Films, and was commercially distributed by United Artists theatrically and by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer for home media. As an independent film, it had an initial limited release in theatres.

The film was nominated for multiple awards, including Academy Award nominations for Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress, and Best Original Screenplay. The film also won a number of awards including those from the Berlin and Toronto International Film Festivals.

On 11 January 2005, the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack was released by the Commotion label. It features songs written by several recording artists including Wyclef Jean and Deborah Cox. The film score was composed by Rupert Gregson-Williams, Andrea Guerra, and the Afro Celt Sound System.

Hotel Rwanda premiered in theatres in limited release in the United States on 22 December 2004 and in wide release on 4 February 2005, grossing more than $23 million in domestic ticket sales. It earned an additional $10 million in business through international release to top out at a combined total near $34 million in gross revenue. The film was technically considered a moderate financial success after its theatrical run and was met with positive critical reviews before its initial screening in cinemas. The Blu-ray Disc edition of the film, featuring special documentaries along with selected scenes and audio commentary, was released in the United States on 10 May 2011.

House of Lies

House of Lies is an American comedy television series created by Matthew Carnahan. The show, which premiered on Showtime on January 8, 2012, is based on the book House of Lies: How Management Consultants Steal Your Watch and Then Tell You the Time, written by Martin Kihn, a former consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton. It follows a group of management consultants who stop at nothing to get business deals done. On May 17, 2016, Showtime canceled the series after five seasons, with the series finale airing June 12, 2016.

Miles Ahead (film)

Miles Ahead is a 2015 American music film directed by Don Cheadle in his feature directorial debut, which Cheadle co-wrote with Steven Baigelman, Stephen J. Rivele, and Christopher Wilkinson, which interprets the life and compositions of jazz musician Miles Davis. The film stars Cheadle, Emayatzy Corinealdi, and Ewan McGregor, and closed the New York Film Festival on October 11, 2015. The film takes its title from Davis's 1957 album.

Cheadle took a free-form approach to the film's narrative. Skipping around in time, it depicts Davis' attempts to get his career back on track following a period of inactivity and drug addiction in the 1970s, fictional adventures with a journalist (played by McGregor) who wants to profile him, and his troubled marriage to a former dancer (Corinealdi). The film's score covers, in non-linear fashion, Davis' actual recordings throughout his career, beginning with Agharta (1975) before jumping back and forth in scenes featuring Kind of Blue (1959), Someday My Prince Will Come (1961), Bitches Brew (1970), and We Want Miles (1981), among others.Miles Ahead received mostly positive reviews from critics. Reviewers generally praised Cheadle's direction and performance, although some were critical of the plot. The film has grossed over $5 million.

NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series

This page lists the winners and nominees for the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series. It was known as the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series until 2000. Currently Steve Harvey and Bernie Mac hold the record for most wins in this category with four each.

NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture

This page lists the winners and nominees for the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture. The award was introduced in 1970 and was awarded sporadically until its permanent feature from 1995 onwards. There are several performances by actors that won or were nominated for Academy Awards, they are listed alongside a symbol. Morgan Freeman and Denzel Washington currently hold the record for most wins in this category, with four each.

Not on Our Watch (organization)

Not on Our Watch is a nongovernmental, international relief and humanitarian aid organization based in the United States. The organization was established by Don Cheadle, George Clooney, Matt Damon, Brad Pitt, David Pressman, and Jerry Weintraub in 2008, to bring global attention to human rights violations in Darfur and beyond, while providing resources to assist in putting an end to mass atrocities around the world. The organization has its roots in the book, Not On Our Watch, written by Don Cheadle and human rights activist John Prendergast, who is also a board member and serves as the organization's Strategic Advisor.

Reign Over Me

Reign Over Me is a 2007 American buddy drama film written and directed by Mike Binder, and produced by his brother Jack Binder. The film stars Adam Sandler, Don Cheadle, Jada Pinkett Smith, Liv Tyler, Donald Sutherland, Saffron Burrows and Mike Binder.

Distributed by Columbia Pictures, the film was released on March 23, 2007, and was released to DVD and Blu-ray on October 9, 2007.

Swordfish (film)

Swordfish is a 2001 American action crime thriller film directed by Dominic Sena and starring John Travolta, Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Don Cheadle, Vinnie Jones and Sam Shepard. The film centers on Stanley Jobson, an ex-con and computer hacker who is targeted for recruitment into a bank robbery conspiracy because of his formidable hacking skills. The film was a slight box office success but was negatively received by critics upon release.

Talk to Me (2007 film)

Talk to Me is a 2007 biographical film directed by Kasi Lemmons and starring Don Cheadle, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Taraji P. Henson, Cedric the Entertainer, and Mike Epps. It is about Washington, D.C. radio personality Ralph "Petey" Greene, an ex-con who became a popular talk show host and community activist, and Dewey Hughes, his friend and manager. The film spans the time period May 1966 to January 1984, ending with the late Greene's memorial service.

The film premiered as the opening night film of the 2007 Los Angeles Film Festival, on June 22, 2007. It opened in North America in a limited release on July 13, 2007 and nationwide on August 3, 2007. The film was shot in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada and Washington, DC.

The Rat Pack (film)

The Rat Pack is a 1998 HBO television film about the Rat Pack. The movie stars Ray Liotta as Frank Sinatra, Joe Mantegna as Dean Martin, Don Cheadle as Sammy Davis, Jr., and Angus Macfadyen as Peter Lawford.

Despite his membership in the Pack, Joey Bishop (played by Bobby Slayton) is given minimal screen time, while John F. Kennedy (played by William L. Petersen), depicted as an on-and-off friend of Sinatra's, is given a more central role.

Also featured in supporting roles are Željko Ivanek as Bobby Kennedy, Veronica Cartwright as Rocky Cooper (wife of Gary Cooper), Deborah Kara Unger as Ava Gardner, Megan Dodds as May Britt, Dan O'Herlihy as Joe Kennedy, Robert Miranda as Sam Giancana, John Diehl as Joe DiMaggio and Barbara Niven as Marilyn Monroe.

Don Cheadle won a Golden Globe for his performance as Sammy Davis, Jr.

The Rat Pack won three Emmy awards and earned several more nominations, including acting ones for Cheadle and Mantegna.

Tishomingo Blues (novel)

Tishomingo Blues is a 2002 novel by Elmore Leonard, set in Mississippi, about two fledgling allies, the local Dixie Mafia, and a high-stakes Civil War re-enactment.

Leonard says that Tishomingo Blues is, of the books he has written, his favorite.FilmFour planned to make a movie adaptation of the novel, with actor Don Cheadle directing (and possibly starring), but in 2007 Cheadle described the project as "dead".The title comes from the famous Spencer Williams song "Tishomingo Blues" (1917).

Traitor (film)

Traitor is a 2008 American spy thriller film, based on an idea by Steve Martin who is also an executive producer. It is written and directed by Jeffrey Nachmanoff. In the film, a Sudanese-American former US soldier (Don Cheadle) with a background in explosives is the prime suspect in a search by an FBI Special Agent (Guy Pearce), for the bomb-maker in a string of global terror explosions aimed at civilians.

War Machine in other media

James Rhodes is a Marvel Comics character that has appeared in comics featuring or related to Iron Man since 1979. The character has appeared in other media adaptations of Iron Man both as a non-costumed character and as War Machine.

Most of the character's appearances have been in animation, but in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the character is played successively by Terrence Howard and Don Cheadle.

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