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Jeffrey Wright Dropped Out Of NYU To Pursue A Full-Time Acting Career: Seven Facts About The Emmy Winner

Joey Published On Tue Dec 24 2019   Modified On Sun Jan 05 2020
Jeffrey Wright Dropped Out Of NYU To Pursue A Full-Time Acting Career: Seven Facts About The Emmy Winner

Jeffrey Wright is an American actor notable for his Emmy-winning performance as Belize in the Broadway production and HBO miniseries Angels in America. Wright has been a regular cast of HBO's Westworld, which is coming up with its third installment in 2020.

Here is everything you need to know about Jeffrey Wright.

7. Jeffrey Wright Lost His Father in Childhood

Wright was born on 7th December 1965 in Washington, D.C., U.S. His father died when he was one year old and he was raised by his single mother. His mother worked as a customs lawyer.

6. Dropped From NYU to Pursue a Full-Time Acting Career

Jeffrey Wright completed his graduation from St. Albans School and later received a bachelor's degree in political science from Amherst College.

Famous Angels in America actor Jeffrey Wright
Famous Angels in America actor Jeffrey Wright, Source: Answers from Men

After that, Wright joined New York University for two months before he dropped out to pursue a full-time career in acting.

5. Made a Film Debut From Presumed Innocent

Having worked in a couple of off-Broadway projects in New York City and Washington, D.C., Jeffrey Wright made his film debut from a 1990 film, Presumed Innocent, in which he played a role of a prosecuting attorney.

The Alan J. Pakula-directed film starred Harrison Ford, Brian Dennehy, Raul Julia, and Paul Winfield.

4. Received an Honorary Degree

Wright had dropped out of new York University just after two months. Wright couldn't carry his educational career any further, however, in 2004, he was awarded an honorary degree from his alma mater, Amherst College.

3. Wright Shares Two Children with Ex-wife, Carmen Ejogo

Actor Jeffrey Wright was in a long-time relationship with actress Carmen Ejogo before they got married in 2000. The lovebirds gave birth to two children, a son Elijah and a daughter Juno.

After around fourteen years long married life, Wright and Ejogo divorced in 2014.

2. Won Handful of Awards for Angels in America

From 1993 to 1994, Wright portrayed a role of a gay nurse, Norman "Belize" Arriaga, in a Tony Award-winning play Angels in America. Wright also bagged the Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play for his portrayal. Later in 2003, Wright reprised his role in HBO's television adaptation of Angels in America starring Al Pacino, Meryl Streep, Patrick Wilson, and Justin Kirk among others.

American actor Jeffrey Wright
American actor Jeffrey Wright, Source: Capitol File Magazine

His performance in the miniseries won him Primtime Emmy Awards and Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor in a miniseries.

1. Jeffrey Wright Receives $250k Per Episode for Westworld

Actor Jeffrey Wright has been portraying the character of Bernard Lowe in the American sci-fi/Western TV series Westworld. The series also stars Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton, Luke Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson and more.

Wright is one of the main cast of the series and receives an alluring paycheck for his work. As per some online outlets, Wright has been taking a whopping $250,000 per episode since its first season in 2016.