Harry Lennix

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Harry Lennix
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Lennix at the San Diego Comic Con International in San Diego, California, July 20, 2013
BornHarry Joseph Lennix III
(1964-11-16) November 16, 1964 (age 50)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
OccupationActor
Years active1989–present
 
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Harry Lennix
Harry Lennix by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Lennix at the San Diego Comic Con International in San Diego, California, July 20, 2013
BornHarry Joseph Lennix III
(1964-11-16) November 16, 1964 (age 50)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
OccupationActor
Years active1989–present

Harry Joseph Lennix III[1] (born November 16, 1964) is an American actor. He is best known for his roles as Terrence "Dresser" Williams in the Robert Townsend film The Five Heartbeats (1991) and as Boyd Langton in the Joss Whedon television series Dollhouse. Lennix currently co-stars as Harold Cooper, Assistant Director of the FBI Counterterrorism Division, on the NBC drama The Blacklist.

Early life[edit]

The youngest of four siblings, Lennix was born in Chicago, Illinois to Lillian C. (née Vines), a laundress, and Harry Lennix, Jr., a machinist[2][3] and a Creole from Louisiana.[4] Lennix attended Quigley Preparatory Seminary South and Northwestern University, where he majored in Acting and Direction. In his senior year at Northwestern, he was the coordinator of the African-American student organization, For Members Only.[5] He taught music and civics for several years in the Chicago Public School system and is a frequent lecturer.[citation needed]

Career[edit]

Lennix starred in the Showtime Networks made-for-cable television film Keep the Faith, Baby (2002) as Rev. Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., who was a legendary Harlem Congressman from 1944 to 1972; in the movie Titus (1999), based on Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus, as Aaron the Moor; and in the ABC television series Commander in Chief. Lennix currently co-stars as Harold Cooper, Assistant Director of the FBI Counterterrorism Division, on the NBC drama The Blacklist, which debuted September 23, 2013.

In film, Lennix has had supporting roles such as The Five Heartbeats (1991), Get on the Bus (1996), Love & Basketball (2000), The Matrix series (1999-2003), Ray (2004), Barbershop 2: Back in Business (2004), Stomp the Yard (2007), and State of Play (2009).

In television, he had a recurring role in Diagnosis: Murder as Agent Ron Wagner as well as a voice-over role in the Legion of Super Heroes animated series. He also had a recurring role in the sixth season of 24 as fictional Muslim civil rights activist Walid Al-Rezani. He appeared on the series House M.D. as a paralyzed jazz trumpet player, and in six episodes of ER as Dr. Greg Fischer.[6] He also appeared in the episode "The Blame Game" of the first season of Ally McBeal. He played the parts of Boyd Langton in Joss Whedon's series Dollhouse[7] and U.S. president Barack Obama in the comedy sketch show Little Britain USA.

In 2007, he was an official festival judge at the first annual Noor Iranian Film Festival.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1989Package, TheThe PackageField Soldier
1989Mother's Courage:
The Mary Thomas Story, A
A Mother's Courage:
The Mary Thomas Story
NeroTelevision film
1990The Case of the Defiant DaughterProsecutor Keith WarnerTelevision film
1991Five Heartbeats, TheThe Five HeartbeatsDresser
1992Mo' MoneyTom Diltonas Harry J. Lennix
1992Bob RobertsFranklin Dockett
1992In the Best Interest of the ChildrenTim CoffeyTelevision film
1994Vanishing Son IIAndre LaineTelevision film
1994Vanishing Son IVAndre LaineTelevision film
1994Guarding TessKenny Young
1995ClockersBill Walker
1996Get on the BusRandall
1997Chicago Cab, aka HellcabIrate Boyfriendas Harry J. Lennix
1999TitusAaronSatellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture Drama
2002PumpkinRobert Meary
2002Collateral DamageDray
2002Keep the Faith, BabyAdam Clayton Powell, Jr.Television film
Black Reel Award for Best Actor in a Television Movie/Mini-Series
Nominated—NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film
2003Human Stain, TheThe Human StainMr. Silk
2003Matrix Reloaded, TheThe Matrix ReloadedCommander Lock
2003Matrix Revolutions, TheThe Matrix RevolutionsCommander Lock
2004ChrystalKalid
2004Barbershop 2: Back in BusinessQuentin Leroux
2004Suspect ZeroRich Charleton
2004RayJoe AdamsNominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
2006Sharif Don't Like ItTom
2007Stomp the YardNate
2007Resurrecting the ChampBob Satterfield, Jr.
2007Across the UniverseArmy Sergeant
2009State of PlayDet. Donald Bell
2010Mr. SophisticationRon Waters
2012A Beautiful SoulJeff Freeze
2013H4King Henry IV
2013Man of SteelGeneral Swanwick
2014Cru (C.R.U.)Diego Glass
2015Justice League: Throne of AtlantisBlack MantaVoice
2016Batman v Superman: Dawn of JusticeGeneral Swanwick

Television[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1995–1996The ClientDaniel Holbrook3 episodes
1997ERDr. Greg Fischer6 episodes
1997–1998Diagnosis MurderAgent Ron Wagner6 episodes
1997Living SingleClayton SimmonsEpisode: "The Best Laid Plans"
1998Ally McBealBallardEpisode: "The Blame Game"
1998The PracticeDr. Cloves's attorneyEpisode: "The Pursuit of Dignity"
1999Judging AmyMr. NewmanEpisode: "An Impartial Bias"
1999JAGAgent John NicholsEpisode: "Contemptuous Words"
2003The PracticeAsst. Attorney General ParkerEpisode: "Final Judgment"
2005House M.D.John Henry GilesEpisode: "DNR"
2005–2006Commander in ChiefJim Gardner19 episodes
Nominated—NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
200724Walid Al-Rezani5 episodes
2008Little Britain USAPresident of the United States4 episodes
2009–2010DollhouseBoyd LangtonSeries regular: 25 episodes
2011Law & Order: LAAgent BossyEpisode: "Plummer Park"
2012–2013Emily Owens M.D.Tim Dupre6 episodes
2013–presentThe BlacklistHarold CooperSeries regular
2013"Quickdraw"Sheriff Nat LoveEpisode: "Nicodemus"

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Djena Graves and Harry Lennix III". The New York Times. June 28, 2009. 
  2. ^ Herguth, Bob (April 16, 1991). "Harry J. Lennix". Chicago Sun-Times. 
  3. ^ Harry J. Lennix Biography (1965?-)
  4. ^ Harrison, Eric (January 14, 2000). "In 'Titus,' He's the Face of Pure Evil; Movies * Harry J. Lennix's role in Julie Taymor's film should bring him more opportunities--and recognition". Los Angeles Times. 
  5. ^ "Harry Lennix". SpeakingOfStories.org. 
  6. ^ Template:Cite eb
  7. ^ Dos Santos, Kristin; Jennifer Godwin (April 15, 2008). "Exclusive Pilot Details: Welcome to the Dollhouse!". E! Online. Retrieved 2008-04-16. 

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