Filmography | Don Cheadle

12 08 2008


Oscar-nominated and Golden Globe Award-winning actor, Don Cheadle has earned countless accolades and honors in his almost 25-year film career. As he prepares for the release of his upcoming espionage drama, “Traitor,” we take a look back at his filmography.

“Devil in the Blue Dress” (1995)
While Cheadle had been acting for ten years, it was his performance as vicious hitman, Mouse in this film that put everyone on notice that he was a new face on the rise. Almost single-handidly stealing the film from right under Denzel Washington’s nose, the film was Cheadle’s coming out party.

“Volcano” (1997)
A by-product of the success of “Devil,” this was a cheesy disaster film that provides Cheadle with a quick paycheck, but added nothing of substance to his career.

“Boogie Nights” (1997)
Washed the bad taste of “Volcano” out of his mouth with this ensemble drama about the 1970s Porn industry. Cheadle held his own as budding enterprenuer who marries a porn star and through a strange twist of fate finds the money to pursue his dream. Great film, great cast and winning performance by Cheadle.

“Out of Sight” (1999)
The first film that he would make with his “New Rat Pack” buddy George Clooney. Another strong ensemble film about the criminal life found Cheadle as former boxer behind bars that is intimidating a crooked businessman. In addition to Clooney, film starred Ving Rhames, Isiah Washington, Jennifer Lopez and had a small cameo from Samuel L. Jackson.

“A Lesson Before Dying” (1999)
Cheadle gave one of his most tender performances to date as a schoolteacher who must help a death row inmate meet his fate with dignity. The ending his so heartbreaking that there was not a dry eye in the theater when we saw this movie.

“Traffic” (2000)
Returning to the form that has served him best, the ensemble drama, Cheadle was just one key piece of the year’s best film. Playing a DEA agent whose arrest of a high-stakes dealer begins a domino effect that resonates through the film’s other main stories. The film won four Oscars would place the young actor squarely on Hollywood’s A-List.

“Rush Hour 2” (2001)
While he was uncredited in the sequel to the buddy martial arts comedy, Cheadle got a chance to show his comic side. He would only agree to be in the movie under two conditions, that he got to speak Chinese and he could pick a fight with Jackie Chan. Mission accomplished!

“After the Sunset” (2004)
Describing the script for this film as “something I loved right away,” Cheadle starred as local island thug and thief, Henri Mooré (Don Cheadle), who threatens a master thief to steal a diamond for him. Shot on location in the Bahamas, the film was another cool feather in the cap for the talented actor.

“Hotel Rwanda” (2004)
In the most powerful performance of his career, the only thing that prevented Cheadle from not taking home the Oscar was that he had the misfortune of releasing his film the same year his friend, Jamie Foxx starred in “Ray.” Based on a true story, Cheadle starred as hotelier Paul Rusesabagina who when faced unspeakable atrocities summoned the courage to save the lives of his family and more than a thousand other refugees by granting them shelter in the besieged Hôtel des Mille Collines. An absolutely brilliant performance.

“Crash” (2004)
Cheadle starred and also was one of the film’s producer as his latest ensemble drama won three Oscars including Best Picture at the Academy Awards. Playing an LAPD detective who is disconnected from his poor family, which consists of his drug-addicted mother and criminal younger brother. Searching for his missing brother, his character puts his search on hold to deal with a case of a racist cop who may have shot a Black suspect. At times shocking, yet emotionally powerful, “Crash” was a cinematic tour-de-force and another sterling accomplishment for Cheadle’s resume.

“Reign Over Me” (2007)
When Cheadle’s character sees his old college roommate and tries to connect with him he discovers that he has lost his family on 9/11 and become emotionally withdrawn. This sometimes dark and disturbing story continues a trend of solid choices made by the actor. Solid work and a very under-appreciated film.

“Talk To Me” (2007)
Playing DC talk show legend, Petey Greene, Cheadle gives one of his more animated performances as the heart and soul of radio station WOL-AM. Much as stole scenes from Washington a decade earlier in “Devil,” Chiwetel Ejiofor returned the favor in this film. Once again, Cheadle acquits himself well adding one more brick to his acting foundation.

“Ocean’s Thirteen” (2007)
The most fun an actor can have is when you work with your friends. In this case those friends include A-List superstars George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Matt Damon. Mix in late comedian Bernie Mac and you have potent mix of star power and an entertaining films. In addition to the films making a boatload of money, Cheadle has established himself as one of the industry’s most solid and dependable actors.


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