Julius Tennon leads a double-threat career in the entertainment industry as a film producer and an actor. He has acted in TV, films, as well as in theater. Tennon produces films through his production company JuVee Productions of which he is a co-founder.
As an actor Julius Tennon has appeared in a string of films, among them; Riverbend, Hard Promises, Lone Justice 2, Small Soldiers, Friday Night Lights, The Architect among several others. He has some TV credits to his name including the hugely successful How to Get Away with Murder where his wife Viola plays the lead. Read on for more about Tennon’s background, career exploits and more.
Julius Tennon Biography (Wiki, Age)
Julius Tennon was born on the 24th of December 1953 in Travis County, Texas, United States of America. Growing up, he was passionate about theater and performed in several plays during his high school days. In addition to his love for the arts, Tennon was also an athlete in school. He played football for his varsity team as a linebacker. Tennon excelled so much so at football that he earned a scholarship with which he got admitted to the University of Tulsa.
At Tulsa, Tennon would go on to make history as the first person of color to graduate from the theater department. By the mid-80s, Julius Tennon had begun his acting career. Some of the films he has had roles include the 1987 film The Man Who Broke 1000 alongside other notable actors such as Val Kilmer, Kyra Sedgwick, Charles Durning, James Keach, Clancy Brown, Sonia Braga, and Elisha Cook Jr. Tennon played the role of Nub.
The Man Who Broke 1000 chains was based on the Georgia chain gang prisoner and his attempts at escaping prison. In 1990, he played the role of Tony Marx in Riverbend. His knowledge of football came in handy in the 1992 film, Hard Promises where he portrayed a football coach.
The year 1995 brought him the role of Sealy Petit in Lone Justice 2. He ended his 90s with the role of the Toy World Supervisor in the film Small Soldiers (1998). Again in 2004, Julius Tennon depended on his experience as an athlete to portray Coach James in Friday Night Lights. Tennon’s other film credits include Architect (2006), Fame (2009) to name a few.
His TV show acting roles include playing Doctor James Holly in City of Angels in 2000. He portrayed Detective Louden in The Practice in 2003 (victims’ right). Other TV shows that Tennon has had roles include The Fantasia Barrino Story: Life is Not a Fairy Tale, and a 2013 episode of Criminal Minds (Restoration).
About His Relationship With Viola Davis
Julius Tennon is married to popular actress Viola Davis and they have a daughter together. Viola Davis is even more popular than her husband Tennon. She is a highly acclaimed and revered actress who has put up stellar performances in versatile roles.
One of her most recognized roles is in the film Fences where he starred alongside another Hollywood great, Denzel Washington. In more recent years, she is best recognized for her role as professor Annalise Keating in the riveting TV series, How to Get Away with Murder. For the show, she has received many awards and recognitions including a 2017 Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a TV series.
Together with his wife Vila, Tennon was featured in the 2017 documentary, Black Love. The other co-founder of Tennon’s production company is his wife, Viola Davis.
Prior to meeting Viola, Julius Tennon had been previously married twice. He was first married to Sheryl Lynn Arnold with whom he had 2 children, a boy, and a girl, he and Arnold divorced in 1980 after six years of marriage. His second marriage was to Christine Dejohnna White in 1992 but that also ended in divorce in 1998.
Julius Tennon has achieved more than average success in his career as an entertainer. He, no doubt boosts his paycheck for acting roles with the proceeds from his JuVee Production company. Some of the projects handled by his company include the shows Two Sides and The Last Defense, as well as the films Lila & Eve and Custody.
The 5 feet 8 inches tall entertainer has been able to amass a net worth estimated at over $10 million, on the other hand, his wife Viola is said to be worth not less than $12 million.