Jeffrey Wright is an American actor. He has earned a reputation as one of the most versatile actors of his generation, both onscreen and on-stage.
Wright was born on December 7, 1965, in Washington, D.C. His mother worked as a customs lawyer with the United States Customs Department. Jeffrey’s father died when he was only a year-old. Her mother raised him with the help of her sister, a nurse.
He attended St. Albans School for Boys in Washington, D.C. After this, he attended Amherst College and received a bachelor’s degree in political science and planned to attend law school but while at Amherst, Wright became interested in acting, and decided to study in the Theater department at New York University.
Shortly after he won an acting scholarship to NYU, but just after two months, he was dropped out of the NYU (New York University) to pursue full-time acting.
He began performing off-Broadway in 1990 in New York City and Washington DC. His first major film was Presumed Innocent, in which he played the role of an attorney, In 1991. He appeared in the award-winning play, Angels in America, for which he also won the Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play for the portrayal of a gay nurse in that play.
Some other of his acting credits include Daaithful, Basquiat, Ride with the Devil, Ali, The Manchurian Candidate, Syriana, Lady in the Water, A Single Shot, The Good Dinosaur The Batman and No Time to Die.
Wright met with actress Carmen Ejogo during the making of HBO film Boycott. Jeffrey Wright and Carmen Ejogo got married in August 2000. They lived in Brooklyn, New York and had a son, Elijah and a daughter named Juno. But they have divorced after a 14 years marriage.
Wright received an honorary degree from Amherst College In 2004. He has also been a longtime activist working to resolve resource-related conflicts.
In 2011, he established a mineral exploration company, Taia Lion Resources, focused on sustainable, ethical mining in Sierra Leone. In August 2012 Enough Project highlighted Wright’s conflict-free mining philosophy in a video.