Biography

Harry Lennix is an accomplished film, television and stage actor who was born and raised in Chicago, IL’s South Shore neighborhood. Growing up Harry, the youngest of four children, was active in his local Catholic Church as an altar boy. Harry decided at a young age that he wanted to become a Dominican Priest, but not just any priest; Harry wanted to be the first black Pope. Harry studied at an all-boys catholic school, Harry saw an opportunity to interact with the neighborhood girls by signing up to perform in the local play.  Little Harry exhibited natural acting talent and was a big hit with local audiences.  Now hooked on performing, Harry turned his sights to acting as a career.

Harry received a scholarship to Northwestern University where he studied communications and literature. While attending Northwestern, Harry was a student leader and performed in several university-sponsored and local plays, receiving increasing amounts of praise for his developing talent.

Post-university, Harry continued to act while working as an English and music teacher in the Chicago public schools. Harry scored his firm film role in “The Package” in 1989 and his second film with the perennial favorite “The Five Heartbeats” in 1991. With this momentum, Harry moved to Los Angeles where he has enjoyed a distinguished career as a working actor on the big and small screens as well as on stage.

Harry is widely-regarded as one of the hardest working men in Hollywood. At 6’4”, he is known for his commanding stature, baritone voice, diligent work ethic and multiple talents.

His prolific film and television career includes recent roles in “Man of Steel” and NBC’s upcoming drama, “The Blacklist”.  He has also had leading roles in  “Ray”, “The Matrix: Reloaded”, “The Matrix: Revolutions”, “Barbershop 2”, “Love and Basketball” , “The Human Stain” and  “State of Play.” His television career includes roles in the Golden Globe nominated ABC television show “Commander in Chief”, the FOX hit series “24”, ER” , “Diagnosis Murder and the FOX series “Dollhouse”.

In addition to his distinguished film and television career, Harry has also starred in, or directed, staged productions across the country. In fact, in 2001, he was part of the first American company to be invited to the Royal Shakespeare Company in the production of “Cymbeline”. Harry made his Broadway debut in 2007 as the lead character in August Wilson’s final play, “Radio Golf”, which was nominated for a Tony Award.

Harry remains very active in the Los Angeles and Chicago communities, participating in various programs and events. Harry holds board or advisory positions with the following entities: The Goodman Theater Company, Northwestern University, Congo Square Theater, The Robey Theater Company and The Northlight Theater.

Harry lives in Los Angeles with his lovely wife, Djena.

2 comments for “Biography

  1. Dana Smith-Hill
    May 9, 2014 at 4:43 pm

    You go Harry! Got your own website and everything! I am very proud of you and your success and I wish you all the best. Sincerely, Dana (Smith) Hill. Chi-Town Boogie!

  2. Beverly C Zahir
    June 9, 2014 at 11:44 pm

    Mr Lennix, I have been entertained by you ever since you Performed as “Dresser”. Thank you for always portraying honorable men even if you are the the bad guy.

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