Harry J Lennix
Chicago, Illinois, USA
Actor, Director, Schoolteacher
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Harry Lennix has appeared in numerous feature films, television series and stage productions. His feature debut was in the film "The Package" (1989). Among his other feature film credits are "The Five Heartbeats" (1991), "Mo'Money" (1992), "Get On The Bus" (1996) and "Titus" (1999). In 2003, Lennix was cast as Commander Lock in the highly anticipated sequels "The Matrix Reloaded" and "The Matrix Revolution." The following year, he had a pivotal supporting role as music manager Joe Adams in the acclaimed Ray Charles biopic "Ray" (2004).
Lennix currently serves as an artistic associate at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago where he also taught public school for 8 years. Lennix co-founded Chicago's Legacy Productions with Chuck Smith, a colleague from Goodman Theatre. In addition to his performances on stage, Lennix has also directed a number of productions including Aaron Iverson's Unjustifiable Acts, Julius Caesar (which he also co-produced) for the Black Ensemble Theatre, The Glass Menagerie, Charles Fuller's A Soldier's Play, Douglas Turner Ward's Absence and Happy Ending, and co-directed The Visit by Kosmond Russell which was made into a feature film.
For television, Lennix starred in "Keep the Faith Baby" (2002) - the Adam Clayton Powell Story for Showtime (for which he was nominated for an NAACP Image Award), and appeared in a recurring role on "E.R." and in guest starring roles on such popular shows as "Judging Amy," "Ally McBeal" and "The Practice." He maintained a steady presence on the big screen as well, appearing in "The Human Stain" (2003) as the relative of a young man (Wentworth Miller; older version played by Anthony Hopkins) hiding his black ethnicity; as the owner of a rival barbershop in "Barbershop 2: Back in Business" (2004); and as an FBI officer trying to reign in an independent-minded agent (Aaron Eckhart) in "Suspect Zero" (2004).
Lennix was in episodes of "Century City" (CBS, 2004), "Second Time Around" (UPN, 2004-2005) and "House" (Fox, 2004- ) before landing a regular role as a dying president's chief of staff who tries to convince the female vice president (Geena Davis) to step aside for the Speaker of the House (Donald Sutherland) to assume the presidency in the highly acclaimed "Commander In Chief" (ABC, 2005- ).
Man of SteelGeneral Swanwick
State of PlayDetective Bell
Resurrecting the ChampSatterfield Jr.
Stomp the YardNate
Suspect ZeroRick Charleton
Barbershop 2: Back in BusinessQuentin Leroux
Never Get Outta the BoatBrandon
The Matrix RevolutionsCommander Lock
The Human StainMr Silk
The Matrix ReloadedCommander Lock
Love & BasketballNathan Wright
Get on the BusRandall
Comfortably NumbHamlin Day
Guarding TessKenny Young
Bob RobertsFranklin Dockett
Mo' MoneyTom Dilton
The Five HeartbeatsDresser
The PackageJohnny's Field Soldier