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Quite possibly the most underrated and underexposed actor of his caliber and generation, Jeffrey Wright's undeniable talent and ability to successfully bring to life any role he undertakes is on a par with the most praised and revered A-list actors in the business. Born and raised in Washington DC, Wright graduated from the prestigious Amherst college in 1987. Although he studied Political Science while at Amherst, Wright left the school with something that would prove to be more valuable: a love for acting. Shortly after graduating he won an acting scholarship to NYU, but dropped out after only two months to pursue acting full time. With roles in 1990's Presumed Innocent, and the Broadway production of Angels in America, (in which he won a well deserved Tony award), within a relatively short time Wright was able to show off his exceptional talent and ability on both stage and screen alike. His first major on-screen performance came in 1996 in the Julian Schnabel directed film Basquiat. Wright's harrowing performance as the late painter Jean Michele Basquiat was critically acclaimed for its haunting accuracy and raw emotion. With a Tony, a Golden Globe, and an AFI award under his belt, the intensity of Wright's skill has been proven over and over again. Hopefully the near future will bring an influx of more varied lead roles for black actors so that Wright can continue to astonish his colleagues, critics and fans alike with the intensity of his skill.  See full bio on IMDb »

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Jeffrey Wright -- Off The Hook In DWI Charge

Jeffrey Wright
Off The Hook In DWI Charge

Veteran character actor Jeffrey Wright  dodged a bullet today when New York prosecutors dropped his DWI case.TMZ broke the story ... Wright -- who's been in about a million movies (roughly)… READ MORE >

Jeffrey Wright Arrested for DWI

Jeffrey Wright
Arrested for DWI

Veteran character actor Jeffrey Wright was arrested in NYC early Saturday morning for DWI ... TMZ has learned. Law enforcement sources tell TMZ that cops pulled Wright over in a Toyota Tacoma… READ MORE >

- 454 days ago
Wright Not Phased by Tase Snub

Wright
Not Phased by Tase Snub

It's a good thing Jeffrey Wright hasn't been waiting by the phone -- because seven months after he was brutally tased and pepper sprayed by cops in Shreveport, he says he still hasn't gotten an… READ MORE >

- 1989 days ago
Brolin Gives Thumb to TMZ Vote

Brolin
Gives Thumb to TMZ Vote

86% of TMZ users think the Shreveport, LA cops should be prosecuted after pepper spraying Josh Brolin and tazing Jeffrey Wright last July. Josh was a man of few words at LAX last night, but he,… READ MORE >

- 2008 days ago
Cop Cam: Brolin Plays Kissy Kissy in Police Car

Cop Cam:
Brolin Plays Kissy Kissy in Police Car

Moments after Josh Brolin was pepper sprayed, handcuffed and thrown in the back of a cop car in Shreveport last year, the actor was caught on tape trying to cheer up his tasered pal Jeffrey Wright… READ MORE >

- 2023 days ago
Mad Dash in Shreveport Over Brolin

Mad Dash in Shreveport
Over Brolin

City fathers have just released the dashcam video in the bar incident in Shreveport last July that left Josh Brolin with pepper spray in his eyes and Jeffrey Wright tasered.The tape of the… READ MORE >

- 2024 days ago
Brolin/Wright Got Off Easy Compared to This

Brolin/Wright
Got Off Easy Compared to This

Turns out the Josh Brolin/Jeffrey Wright arrest video in Shreveport, Louisiana was tame -- compared to this incident. A woman had the crap beaten out of her by Shreveport's finest back in 2007.… READ MORE >

- 2024 days ago
Brolin -- Actions Speak Louder Than Words

Brolin
Actions Speak Louder Than Words

When we found Josh Brolin at LAX yesterday, we asked if the cops who were videotaped dousing him in pepper spray and tasing his friend Jeffrey Wright used excessive force -- his lips didn't move,… READ MORE >

- 2025 days ago
Caught On Tape -- Cops Attack Actors

Caught On Tape
Cops Attack Actors

TMZ has obtained video showing the arrest of Josh Brolin and Jeffrey Wright last July, and it looks like the cops had their sights set on an ass-whuppin'.It all went down in Shreveport, LA in… READ MORE >

- 2026 days ago
Brolin & Wright Strike Deal in Cop Case

Brolin & Wright
Strike Deal in Cop Case

Josh Brolin and Jeffrey Wright have just settled their criminal case in Shreveport, LA.Brolin and Wright were charged with interfering with a cop during a bar brawl last July. Both actors were… READ MORE >

- 2026 days ago

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