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11 Jul, 2014

Miles Ahead moves ahead


Cheadle will direct and star in the film Miles Ahead, which is based on the life and journey of jazz musician Miles Davis.

The project first had traction in 2008 when Miles was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and his nephew told reporters that I was going to be playing him in the movie, which was the first I’d heard of it. People started calling to try and put the movie together because the family had given their blessing for me to be in it.


16 Jan, 2014

Tavis Smiley interview

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Cheadle discusses the upcoming season of his Showtime comedy, House of Lies, in this interview for PBS.

He’s always feeling like he’s got to be the top dog. And we see in this season coming up where he does let that guard down and what it cost him. Every time he does that we’ve seen it, for Marty, there’s a cost.

18 Jul, 2013

Emmy nomination

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Cheadle is nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy at the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards for portraying Marty Kaan on House of Lies.

Given all the hilarious film work I’ve done, from Traffic to Crash to Flight, it’s nice to finally be recognized as the comic genius I am. Thank you, Academy members.

2013 Emmy Award nominees announced

13 Jan, 2013

Golden Globe


Cheadle who plays Marty Kaan in the television show House of Lies, wins the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Comedy Series. Fellow nominees were Jim Parsons, Alec Baldwin, Matt LeBlanc and Louis C.K. Cheadle says that media attention to white collar crime helps give context to the show.

And it sort of gives an understanding of the people that we’re dealing with and who my Pod is trying to go in to defeat.

19 Jul, 2012

Emmy nomination

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Cheadle is nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy at the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards for portraying Marty Kaan on House of Lies.

Wow. My agent was right when he said, ‘You don’t have to bribe all the people to get nominated, Don. Just the right people.’ This is the best $246,000.00 I’ve ever spent. Thanks, Emmy.

The 64th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2012 Nominees

26 Aug, 2008



This American spy thriller film is written and directed by Jeffrey Nachmanoff and produced by Steve Martin.  Cheadle plays Samir Horn, a former U.S. Special Operations officer who is pursued by FBI agent Roy Clayton, played by Guy Pearce.

Well, at the time this script came across my desk, there were in the news a lot of ideas and stories about security and Guantamano and the Patriot Act and what rights you would give up in order to be secured, and terrorism and radical laws. It was interesting to me because the character that I play in the movie, Samir Horn, seemed to be someone who encapsulated all these questions within his own journey through this film.

23 Mar, 2007

Reign Over Me


Cheadle plays a self -employed dentist named Alan Johnson who is married to Janeane, played by Jada Pinkett Smith. This comedy drama tells the story of a rekindled friendship between Johnson and his college roommate, played by Adam Sandler,  who lost his family in a tragic accident.

I personally liked that my character went from – and there was a lot of debate between Jada [Pinkett Smith’s] character and my character in the movie – that it went from a very selfish standpoint to growing and being real concerned about someone who was friend.


20 Sep, 2004

Hotel Rwanda


Cheadle plays Paul Rusesabagina, a manager of a hotel who attempts to rescue citizens from the Rwandan Genocide. Based on real life events, this 2004 American historical drama film is directed by Terry George. It was adapted from a screenplay written by both George and Keir Pearson. Rusesabagina on Cheadle’s portryal of him:

His performance is perfect. He did it properly, sometimes in the Hollywood way, but just perfect.

HOTEL RWANDA (2004) - Official Movie Trailer