In his budding years, Don Cheadle passed through a lot of challenges that really helped in shaping his life and career. He is one man who knows how to grab opportunities with both hands even when the condition is not favorable – don’t bother, he knows how to fix a whole lot of things.
While in college, Don would drive from his campus to Los Angeles in search of acting roles and auditions. At the time, he was baptized with countless ‘nos’ from several audition judges who saw no talent and creativity in him. But according to Don, he never allowed those failures to impact on his burning passion for acting.
Don Cheadle made his debut appearance in the 1985 comedy Moving Violations, after which he got numerous acting gigs the following year. He had his career breakthrough sometime in the late 90’s when he starred in the universally acclaimed American war films Night Court (1984), Hamburger Hill (1987), Devil in a Blue Dress (1995 – for which he received several awards), among others.
The veteran actor’s other acting credits include – Things Behind the Sun (2001), Sidekicks (1992), Hill Street Blues Fame (1981), House of Lies (2012), and several others.
Don’s robust career has also earned 33 wins, Oscar nomination in the category of Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role, 101 nominations, BAFTA Award, Primetime Emmy Awards, The Golden Globe Awards, BET Humanitarian Award (2007) and much more. His Oscar nomination was in respect to his role in the 2005 film, Hotel Rwanda.
In addition to his stint in Hollywood, Cheadle also works with the United Nations on issues regarding climate change. He is one of the brains behind the documentary event series titled: Years of Living Dangerously. The series was centered on people who are affected by and are seeking solutions to climate change.
Don Cheadle’s cap was decorated with another colorful feather in 2010 when he was named U.N. Environment Program Goodwill Ambassador. The A-lister is also a member of the Advisory Board of Citizens Climate Lobby. His net worth is estimated to be around $35 million.
Don Cheadle Biography, Age
Cheadle is an accomplished actor, film producer, writer, and director. His real name is Donald Frank Cheadle Jr. He was born as the middle child of his parents on November 29, 1964, in Kansas City, Missouri, in the United States. His parents are Bettye Cheadle (a school teacher) and Donald Frank Cheadle Sr. (a psychologist) while his siblings are Cindy Cheadle and Colin Cheadle. The actor’s nationality is American while he is of African-American ethnicity.
Don spent his childhood in so many cities, as he moved from places to places with his family. He eventually had his elementary education at Hartley Elementary School in Lincoln, Nebraska, from 1970 to 1974, and later East High School in Denver, Colorado.
Prior to his high school graduation in 1982, he was very active in his school’s music and theatre departments. As a member of the Hartley musical team, he was known as a wonderful alto saxophonist and a good singer. Cheadle also performed several plays and mime shows with the theatre department under the tutelage of Catherine Davis.
Who Is Don Cheadle’s Wife, Bridgid Coulter?
Bridgid Coulter is a popular actress and the mother of Don Cheadle’s children. She has been in a longtime romantic relationship with the actor since 1992 following their meeting on the set of the film Rosewood – the lovebirds actually spoke to each other for the first time at a parking garage of the Beverly Center.
The A-list power couple’s relationship is obviously one of the strongest on the block as the two have never been caught in the center of any scandal or rumor.
Born in Alameda County, California, United States, on August 2, 1968, Bridgid stormed the movie industry in 1992 with the film, Martin. Following an impressive performance, she was hired to feature in several other hit movies, including Class of ’96 (1993), Westworld (2016), Rosewood (1997), and Family Matters (1989).
Regarding her education, she majored in theatre as an undergraduate at the University of California, Los Angeles, and later graduated with a degree in interior design.
Don’s partner is an American by nationality while her ethnicity is unknown. She still makes neat earnings through acting and runs an interior design firm in Santa Monica, as well. There is not any information about her early life, siblings, parents, and family members.
Family – Kids
American showbiz elite Don Cheadle is surrounded by three lovely women. The eldest is his wife while the younger two are his daughters – Ayana Tai Cheadle and Imani Cheadle. Born in 1995, Ayana is the eldest while her younger sister was born in 1997.
Cheadle’s daughters are quite responsible and pursuing careers outside acting. The two have been very supportive of their parents’ career.
The American actor stands at a height of 5 feet 8 inches which translates to 1.73 meters. His weight is put at 74kg and his body measurements are; Chest – 40 inches, Waist – 32 inches, Biceps -13 inches. Cheadle is blessed with a set of charming black eyes and black hair. His dress size is 9 (US).