Don Cheadle Bio, wiki, age, Iron Man 2, Wife, Space Jam, Networth, and Movies

Who is Don Cheadle?

Don Cheadle is an American actor known for his portrayal as the gangster “Rocket” in 1988 Colors film. He has featured in other films that include 1987 Hamburger Hill, 1995 Devil in a Blue Dress, 1996 Rebound: The Legend of Earl ‘The Goat’ Manigault, and 1997 Rosewood.

How old is Don Cheadle?

Cheadle is 59 years old as of 2023. He was born on 29th November 1964 in Kansas City, Missouri, United States and every year he celebrates his birthday on November 29th.

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How tall is Don Cheadle?

Cheadle is approximately 5 feet and 6 inches tall.

Who is Don Cheadle Wife?

Cheadle has been happily married to Bridgid Coulter since 2020. They have two children together namely Imani Cheadle, and Ayana Tai Cheadle.

Don Cheadle Family

Cheadle parents are Mr.Frank Cheadle, Sr., and Mrs.Donald Bettye Cheadle. His father was a clinical psychologist whereas his mother was a teacher. He has three siblings among them Colin Cheadle, Cindy Cheadle, and Andrew Kilbourne.

Don Cheadle Net Worth

Cheadle has an estimated net worth of $40 million as of 2024 which he has accumulated through his successful acting career.

Don Cheadle Education

Cheadle went to Hartley Elementary School in Lincoln, Nebraska from 1970 to 1974. Later he joined East High School in Denver, Colorado where he graduated in 1982. While in high school he performed in mime shows, plays and musicals, sang in choirs and played saxophone in jazz band. He graduated with a bachelor of fine arts degree in theater in 1986 from the California Institute of the Arts.

Don Cheadle Career

Cheadle gained eligibility for his Screen Actors Guild card by playing a burger joint employee in the 1985 comedy Moving Violations. He then landed a minor part in the 7th season of Hill Street Blues in 1987, portraying a teenager with learning difficulties. Shortly after, he appeared in Hamburger Hill. In April 1988, he portrayed Jack in the “Jung and the Restless” episode of Night Court, despite his character being 16 years old while Cheadle was 23. Following this, Cheadle took on the role of Rocket in the 1988 film Colors. He featured in a music video for Angela Winbush’s hit single “It’s the Real Thing” as a car wash employee displaying dance moves in 1989.

In 1990, he guest-starred in an episode of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air called “Homeboy, Sweet Homeboy” as Will Smith’s friend and Ice Tray, Hilary’s love interest. Additionally, he starred in The Golden Girls spin-off The Golden Palace in 1992 and later played district attorney John Littleton on three seasons of Picket Fences. Shortly after, he starred as Earl “The Goat” Manigault in the 1996 HBO TV movie Rebound. In 1997, he appeared in Rosewood and the disaster film Volcano, followed by Boogie Nights. He also starred in the adaptation of Elmore Leonard’s novel Out of Sight in 1998.

He starred as Montel Gordon in Traffic and as Luke Graham in Mission to Mars. In 2001, he portrayed Basher Tarr in Ocean’s Eleven. In March 2007, Cheadle starred alongside comedian Adam Sandler in Mike Binder’s Reign Over Me, a comedy-drama centered on a man coping with the loss of his family during 9/11. Despite critical praise, the film did not perform well at the box office. Later, in 2009, Cheadle appeared in the DreamWorks Pictures film Hotel for Dogs.

More Acting Roles

In 2009, Cheadle collaborated with Boondocks creator Aaron McGruder on a potential comedy show for NBC, revolving around mismatched brothers opening a private security company. They were set to serve as executive producers, with McGruder expected to write the script. Additionally, Cheadle appeared in The People Speak, a documentary film based on historian Howard Zinn’s works. In 2010, Cheadle took on the role of James “Rhodey” Rhodes / War Machine in Iron Man 2, replacing Terrence Howard. He reprised this role in subsequent Marvel Cinematic Universe films and TV series, including Iron Man 3, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War, Captain Marvel, Avengers: Endgame, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, and What If…?.

From 2012 to 2016, Cheadle starred in the Showtime TV series House of Lies, winning a Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Comedy Series in 2013. He was part of the show until its conclusion in 2016. Cheadle spent a decade writing, producing, directing, and starring in the film Miles Ahead (2016), based on the life of jazz musician Miles Davis. In 2018, Cheadle made a guest appearance in the first-season finale of DuckTales, providing the new voice for Donald Duck. He returned for another guest appearance in 2020. In 2021, Cheadle starred in the period crime thriller No Sudden Move and played a villain role in Space Jam: A New Legacy.


Cheadle garnered widespread recognition for his portrayal of Mouse Alexander in the 1995 film Devil in a Blue Dress, winning Best Supporting Actor awards from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association and the National Society of Film Critics. He received nominations for similar awards from the Screen Actors Guild and the NAACP Image Awards. His portrayal of Sammy Davis Jr. in the 1998 TV movie The Rat Pack earned him a Golden Globe Award and an Emmy nomination. Additionally, he guest-starred in the ninth season of ER as Paul Nathan, earning an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series.

The next year, he played Grant Wiggins in the film A Lesson Before Dying, which won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Television Movie. In 2005, Cheadle earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor for his portrayal of Paul Rusesabagina in Hotel Rwanda. He also starred in and co-produced Crash, which won the 2006 Academy Award for Best Picture. Cheadle received nominations for the BAFTA and Screen Actors Guild awards for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Crash. He also played the lead role in the film Traitor.

Cheadle NFL

Cheadle was notably featured in NFL commercials promoting the Super Bowl from 2002 to 2005. His regular appearances led to the NFL seeking his permission to humorously reference his previous ads in a 2006 campaign aimed at encouraging fans to submit their own ideas for commercials. Cheadle approved the idea, finding it amusing. One of the finalists in the NFL contest, Abe Sutton, capitalized on this theme by proposing an ad where every player on a football team is portrayed by Don Cheadle.

Don Cheadle Health Problems

There are rumors in the internet that Don is suffering from cancer but neither he or his family or friends have made this official.

Don Cheadle Iron Man 2

Cheadle portrays James “Rhodey” Rhodes / War Machine, an officer within the U.S. Air Force and a close personal friend of Tony Stark. He later takes on the role of operating the War Machine armor. Cheadle had only a limited time to accept the role since he was a replacement for Terrence Howard and was unaware of the storyline Rhodes would undergo. Despite being a fan of comic books, Cheadle had not previously been involved in comics-themed films due to the scarcity of black superheroes.

He admitted that before the first film’s release, he thought Iron Man was a robot. In approaching his character, Cheadle focused on the central theme of friendship with Tony, emphasizing the impact of Tony’s revelation, “I am Iron Man”, on their relationship. Cheadle noted that his suit weighed 23 kilograms (50 lb) and restricted his ability to touch his face while wearing it. He also committed to a six-picture deal.

Don Cheadle No Sudden Move

Cheadle portrays Curt Goynes, a gangster in Detroit, Michigan in 1954 who is wants cash to leave town. He was commissioned to blackmail a family together with Charley and Ronald Russo. Doug Jones, the recruiter sends them to GM accountant Matt Wertz’s house.They should hold his family hostage and sent him to his office to get a document from the safe of his boss.

Don Cheadle Space Jam: A New Legacy

Cheadle portrays a self-aware and dishonest AI in charge of the Warner Bros. Serververse. He also provides the voice for Al-G Rhythm’s computerized form. Being a fan of Michael Jordan, the original film, and the Looney Tunes cartoons, Cheadle readily accepted the role when it was offered to him.

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