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Harry Lennix

Harry Lennix

The Art of Compassion
25th Anniversary Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine

Honorary Committee

Harry Lennix

Harry Lennix is an accomplished film, television, and stage actor who can currently be seen on the hit FOX series Dollhouse. He was recently seen in HBO’s Little Britain, as well as the critically acclaimed series 24 as Walid Al-Rezani, and in the Sony Pictures’ 2007 box-office smash Stomp the Yard.  In 2007, he also appeared in Across the Universe and Resurrecting the Champ. Lennix made his Broadway debut in August Wilson’s Tony-nominated play, Radio Golf, directed by Kenny Leon. He was most recently seen on the big screen in Working Title’s State of Play alongside Russell Crowe, Edward Norton, and Helen Mirren.

In 2006, Lennix starred in the Golden Globe-nominated ABC show Commander in Chief as Jim Gardner, the chief of staff. Some other critically acclaimed and highly successful projects he has starred in include the Oscar-winning film Ray with Jamie Foxx, for which he received a SAG Award nomination, and The Matrix: Reloaded and The Matrix: Revolutions. Lennix received much critical acclaim and a Golden Satellite Award as Aaron in Julie Taymor’s Titus, bringing new life to the toxic literary villain opposite Anthony Hopkins. He has worked with a myriad of accomplished actors and directors including Spike Lee in Get on the Bus, Robert Townsend in The Five Heartbeats, Ben Kingsley in Suspect Zero, Billy Bob Thornton in Chrystal, and Anthony Hopkins once again in The Human Stain.  His other film credits include Barbershop 2 and Love and Basketball.

In addition to his distinguished film career, Lennix made his mark on the small screen with his role as the legendary Adam Clayton Powell Jr. in Showtime’s Keep the Faith Baby, for which he won a Black Reel Award and was nominated for both an NAACP Image Award and a Golden Satellite Award. He continued to make his presence known with recurring roles on ER, Diagnosis Murder, and other guest-starring appearances.

Lennix has directed and appeared in stage productions across the country, including the Northlight Theater Company’s production of Permanent Collection at the Greenway Arts Alliance in Los Angeles, which under his directing consultation was remounted at Los Angeles’ Kirk Douglas Theater. He directed the stage version of Townsend’s The Five Heartbeats, which received three NAACP Theater Award nominations and The Glass Menagerie for the Steppenwolf Theater Company.

As a stage actor, Lennix was the first distinguished recipient of an Ollie Award for his portrayal of Malcolm X at the Goodman Theater in Chicago and two Joseph Jefferson Citations for his roles in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and Caught in the Act. He also starred in King Hedley II, another play by August Wilson, at the Mark Taper Forum. In 2001, he was part of the first American company to be invited to the Royal Shakespeare Company in the production of Cymbeline.

Lennix has also been extremely active in his native Chicago community where he was an English and music teacher before becoming an actor. He founded Legacy Productions with renowned director Chuck Smith in 1989. The company is dedicated to promoting significant works about the African-American experience. He is on the staff of the Goodman Theater Co. He is also active in various civic groups and is on the advisory council for his alma mater, Northwestern University.

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Patricia Howard

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