Don Cheadle
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Donald Frank Cheadle Jr.
Kansas City, Missouri
Birth date
November 29, 1964 (1964-11-29) (age 57)
Actor, film producer, director, writer, author
Active Years
Notable Films
Boogie Nights (1997)
Traffic (2000)
Crash (2004)

Don Cheadle (born November 29, 1964 in Kansas City, Missouri, USA) is an American Oscar nominated actor. He has appeared in the films Out of Sight (1998), Traffic (1999) the Ocean's Eleven franchise, Hotel Rwanda (2004), Crash (2004) and the Iron Man film franchise.


Early life

Cheadle was born in Kansas City, Missouri, the son of Donald Frank Cheadle Sr. and Bettye North. He has a sister, Cindy, and a brother, Colin. He attended Hartley Elementary School in Lincoln, Nebraska. Cheadle graduated in 1982 from East High School in Denver, Colorado.


Cheadle began his career with a series of television roles in the 1980s. He made his major motion picture debut with a role as Private Johnny Washburn in the war film Hamburger Hill (1987). He played Rocket in the crime drama Colors (1988).

He played Mouse Alexander in the crime drama Devil in a Blue Dress (1995).

He played Rooster in the crime drama Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead (1995).

He had the title role in the HBO television movie Rebound: The Legend of Earl 'The Goat' Manigault (1996).

He starred as Sylvester Carrie in the drama film Rosewood (1997). He starred as speaker salesman and petty criminal Buck Swope in the Paul Thomas Anderson drama Boogie Nights (1997).

He starred in the Steven Soderbergh crime drama Out of Sight (1998) as crime boss Maurice Miller. The film marked the start of a longstanding collaboration with Soderbergh. Cheadle appeared in Soderbergh's crime drama Traffic (2000) as DEA Agent Montel Gordon. Cheadle appeared uncredited as cockney explosives expert Basher Tarr in Soderbergh's remake of the film Ocean's Eleven (2001). Cheadle reprised the role in the films sequels Ocean's Twelve (2004) and Ocean's Thirteen (2007).

He played psychiatrist Dr. David Monroe in the independent drama film Manic (2001).

He starred in the Terry George drama Hotel Rwanda (2004) as humanitarian hotel owner Paul Rusesabagina. The film was set during the Rwandan Genocide and earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor. Also in 2004 he played Detective Graham Waters in the best picture Oscar winning drama film Crash (2004).

He plays Colonel James Rhodes in the Iron Man film franchise, having taken over the role from Terrence Howard from the film Iron Man 2 (2010) onwards.



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
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


Avengers: Infinity War James "Rhodey" Rhodes / War Machine
2019 Captain Marvel James "Rhodey" Rhodes / War Machine
2019 Avengers: Endgame James "Rhodey" Rhodes / War Machine Post-production
TBA Prince of Darkness Jeremiah Hamilton Also producer

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