Don Cheadle

Don Cheadle
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Updated: Oct 28, 2021

Birth Name: Donald Frank Cheadle Jr.

Nickname/Stage Name: Don Cheadle

Birth Date: November 29, 1964

Genres: Action, Drama, Superhero, Thriller

Occupation(s): Actor, Filmmaker, Musician

Years Active: 1984 till Present

Net Worth: $35 million


Personal Life

Don Cheadle was born in Kansas, Missouri, and is of Cameroonian descent. He married his longtime partner, actress Bridgid Coulter in the early part of 2020.

He and Coulter have been together for over 28 years and they share two daughters.


The actor attended Hartley Elementary School in Lincoln, Nebraska from 1970 to 1974. He graduated from East High School in Denver. Colorado.

Cheadle also attended the California Institute of the Arts, graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theater in 1986.


He first appeared as a burger joint employee in the 1985 comedy Moving Violations and two years later, got a minor role in the seventh season of Hill Street Blues.

Cheadle portrayed the character of Rocket in Colors (1988) and gained worldwide recognition for playing Mouse Alexander in the film Devil in a Blue Dress (1995).

He made appearances in other movies like Rosewood (1997), The Family Man (2000), Ocean's Eleven (2001), Traffic (2004), and Hotel Rwanda (2004).

In 2010, Cheadle was cast to replace Terrence Howard in the Marvel superhero film Iron Man 2 (2010), playing James Rhodes/War Machine. He reprised the role in subsequent MCU movies.

He starred in the Showtime TV series House of Lies from 2012 to 2016, winning a Golden Globe award for his performance in it.

Cheadle starred alongside Benicio Del Toro in Steven Soderbergh's 2021 film No Sudden Move.


Golden Globe Award (1999, 2013)

Screen Actors Guild Award (2001, 2006)

Grammy Award (2016)


"I've been doing this since I was 10 years old, inhabiting different people and playing different roles. Thirty years later, there's still the same sort of excitement I get from it. It's still fun to inhabit different characters and play different things, so it's all in that panoply of acting."

" I'm very critical of myself. I've yet to see a great performance from this kid. No, it's not comfortable; I hate watching myself. You don't like when you hear your voice on your voicemail; imagine having to see yourself 30 feet wide and 30 feet big."


His brother, Colin Cheadle, is also an actor.

He plays the saxophone and is also an accomplished stage actor.


3 Days (1984)

Moving Violations (1985)

Colors (1988)

The Meteor Man (1993)

Volcano (1997)

Mission to Mars (2000)

Abby Singer (2003)

The Dog Problem (2006)

The People Speak (2009)

Flight (2012)

Miles Ahead (2015)

Captain Marvel (2019)

No Sudden Move (2021)

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