Fans of the successful HBO show Angels in America may not need an introduction to know who Jeffrey Wright is. His later roles, including as Betee in the films The Hunger Games and as Benard Lowe in Westworld, have also attracted more fans.
Wright started his career in show business in the 1990s and began to gain a lot of momentum in the mid-2000s. For his role in Angels in America, the actor received an Emmy and a Golden Globe Award. Originally he had played the role in a Broadway production of the mini-series and received a Tony Award. Wright is one of those initiated stars whose film characters are better known as the real him. Here is his story.
Jeffrey Wright Bio (Ethnicity)
Jeffrey Wright was born on 7 December 1965 in Washington, D.C. He is obviously African-American, although he doesn’t feel very much like one in Hollywood. He is also of Hispanic descent. Wright’s mother was a lawyer and worked as a customs lawyer. Unfortunately for Wright, he lost his father when he was still a child, and as a result, his mother was asked to raise him alone.
Jeffrey Wright attended an independent college preparatory school for boys, St. Albans School, and later a private liberal arts college, Amherst College. He graduated with a degree in political science. After college, Wright planned to follow in his mother’s footsteps and become a lawyer, but he soon changed his mind and focused on acting. He enrolled at New York University but two months later he dropped out of his studies to pursue an active acting career.
Wright started in Washington DC and New York City first appeared in off-Broadway productions and soon changed to film and television. For his debut film role, he played a lawyer in Presumed Innocence in the 1990s and it can be said that his mother’s legal side really rubbed off on him. Harrison Ford played the leading role in the film. Wright’s debut on the small screen came a year later in the TV movie Separate but Equal.
Wright then appeared in movies and television shows simultaneously. But his first critical acclaim came from a theater role. He played a gay nurse in the Broadway production of Angels in America, earning his very first accolade, a Tony Award for best actor in a play.
The actor received critical acclaim for his role in the 1996 movie Basquiat. He has had great success with roles in Ride with the Devil (1999), Shaft (2000), Boycott (2001), Angels in America (2003), and Broken Flowers (2005). Jeffrey Wright has starred alongside Daniel Craig in three films, including two James Bond films; Casino Royale (2006) and Quantum of Solace (2008), and The Invasion (2007).
Jeffrey Wright continues to expand his filmography both on screen and on television.
Jeffrey Wright was married to his acting colleague Carmen Elizabeth Ejogo for fourteen years. They married in 2000 and divorced in 2014. Their union produced two children, a son named Elijah and a daughter named Juno.
Before Wright, Ejogo was married to the English record producer and musician Adrian Nicholas Mathews, better known as Tricky. Their marriage lasted barely a year in 1998.
Wright’s ex-wife is British. She was born on 22 October 1973 in Kensington, London, England, the daughter of a Nigerian father, Charles Ejogo (now deceased), and a Scottish mother, Elizabeth Douglas. Carmen has a younger brother, Charles Ejogo, who, like her father, is an entrepreneur. Charles is famous for the invention of the Umbrolly umbrella machine. For this innovation, he received £150,000 funding from the BBC’s Dragons’ Den program.
Carmen Ejogo has appeared in many television series including Kidnapped, CHAOS, and Zero Hour. Her films include Selma and Born to Be Blue. Wright and Carmen played together in Boycott. Carmen is not only an actress but also a musician and has worked with a number of artists since the 1990s.
He may not be one of the most popular faces in the industry, but Jeffrey Wright has starred in some critically acclaimed and commercial roles that have seen him smile a lot at the bank, such as his role in the film series The Hunger Games, which began with Catching Fire in 2013. His net worth is therefore estimated at 7 million dollars.
Other Facts About Jeffrey Wright
1. Jeffrey Wright is 5’11” tall.
2. One of his trademarks is his deep, soft voice.
3. His alma mater, Amherst College, awarded him an honorary doctorate in 2004.
4. Wright was the first African American to play the role of Felix Leiter in a James Bond movie.
5. He is actively promoting ethical and sustainable mining through his Taia Lion Resources, which he founded in 2011.