Interview: alumnus Don Cheadle discusses career and new film
April 2, 2013
Don Talking to Me about Talk to Me
by Kam Williams
Donald Frank Cheadle, Jr. hails from Kansas City, Missouri, where he was born on November 29, 1964. His peripatetic parents moved the family around a lot, and Don ended up graduating from East High School in Denver. He then attended the California Institute of the Arts before starting his showbiz career as a dancer in Angela Winbush's music video for The Real Thing. (see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q3AyKLRT4M4)
He found his breakout acting role in Colors where he shoots a rival gang member in the movie's memorable opening scene. Since then, the versatile thespian has enjoyed enviable career which has landed him plenty of accolades and Emmy, Oscar and Image Awrad nominations, and a Golden Globes win for his impersonation of Sammy Davis, Jr in The Rat Pack.
Don has two daughters, Ayana and Imani, with his longtime girlfriend, actress Bridgid Coulter. Here, he talks about his latest picture, Talk to Me, a bio-pic where he serves as executive producer and stars as the late Petey Greene, a convict-turned-radio DJ in DC who rose to fame during the turbulent Sixties.