You might know Don Cheadle as Jim Rhodes from the Marvel Cinematic Universe films where he plays the superhero War Machine, or as Marty Kaan from the Showtime sitcom House of Lies, among many other roles in which has won or has been nominated for an award.
The multi-talented actor, who is also a director, producer, and writer, has not limited himself to behind, or in front of the camera roles. He is a United Nations Environment Program Goodwill Ambassador. Along with other Hollywood stars, such as George Clooney and Brad Pitt, he co-founded the Not On Our Watch Project which brings global attention and resources to stop, prevent and then aid victims of mass atrocities.
Read to find out more about Don Cheadle, his family, wife, kids, and net worth.
Don Cheadle was born Donald Frank Cheadle Jr. on November 29, 1964, in Kansas City, Missouri as the middle child of Donald Frank Sr. and Bettye Cheadle. He attended a number of schools while growing up because his family moved around a lot. They include Hartley Elementary School in Lincoln, Nebraska, and East High School in Denver, Colorado.
Cheadle was very active in the theatre department as a child. He featured in plays and mime shows and was also part of a jazz band where he played the saxophone while also being an active choir member. It was no surprise that after graduating High School, Cheadle moved to California in 1982 to attend the California Institute of the Arts, a university that caters to visual and performing arts students. He graduated with a Bachelor degree in Fine Arts (Acting).
While in school, Cheadle had already begun working as an actor, taking on small parts in television shows while also doing stage performances. He appeared in the comedy, ‘Moving Violations’, and then in shows like ‘Fame’, ‘L.A. Law’ and ‘Hill Street Blues’.
His first notable role came in 1992 in the short-lived spin-off of ‘The Golden Girls’, titled ‘The Golden Palace’. That same year, he was given a recurring role as a District Attorney in the series ‘Picket Fences’. In 1995, he was cast alongside Denzel Washington in the film ‘Devil in a Blue Dress’. His role in the film brought him critical acclaim and earned him two awards from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association and the National Society of Film Critics for Best Supporting Actor among several other nominations.
From then onwards, Don Cheadle’s career went from height to height. He bagged a lot of awards and nominations along the way, including a Golden Globe Award for his work in ‘The Rat Pack’ and a nomination at the Academy Awards for Best Actor for his role in ‘Hotel Rwanda’. Cheadle’s reach stretches across all genres from drama to high-profile action blockbusters films. Other movies and series he has appeared in over the years include Ocean’s Eleven (2001), Crash (2005), Hotel for Dogs (2009), Iron Man 2 (2010), House of Lies (2011 – 2016), among many others.
Not satisfied with what he had achieved, Cheadle went a step further to write and direct movies as well. He made his directorial debut in 2016 in the movie ‘Miles Ahead’, about jazz musician Miles Davis. He also wrote and starred in it.
Family – Wife and Kids
Don Cheadle is currently in a two and a half-decade long relationship with actress Brigid Coulter. The couple, who began dating in 1992 and co-starred in the movie Rosewood, live together in Santa Monica, California.
Cheadle and Coulter have two children together; Ayana Tai Cheadle and Imani Cheadle. Throughout their relationship, both parties have managed to stay clear of any affair and cheating rumors, an unimaginable feat in Hollywood.
Don Cheadle Net Worth
Don Cheadle has an estimated net worth of $35 million. This was calculated through the salary he has earned over an acting career that spans more than 3 decades. It is, however, unclear what he earns every year or per movie.
Quick Facts – Height, Weight, Zodiac Sign
Birth Name: Donald Frank Cheadle Jr.
Date of Birth: November 29, 1964
Place of Birth: Kansas City, Missouri
Height: 5 feet 7 inches (1.74m)
Zodiac Sign: Sagittarius
Occupation: Actor, Producer, Director, and Writer
Education: California Institute for the Arts
Net Worth: $35 million