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Overview (1)

Height 6' 2" (1.88 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Emmy and Tony Award nominee Brian Tyree Henry is a versatile actor whose career spans film, television and theater. Henry originated the role of "The General" in the critically acclaimed Broadway musical "The Book of Mormon," for which he received rave reviews. He currently stars alongside Donald Glover in the Golden Globe and Peabody Award winning and Emmy nominated FX series "Atlanta," which has been renewed for a third season. Henry portrays Alfred Miles, Atlanta's hot of the moment rapper who is forced to navigate fame while remaining loyal to family, friends and himself. He has received an Emmy and MTV Movie & TV Award nomination for the role. In 2017, he guest-starred as "Ricky" on NBC's "This Is Us," for which he earned an Emmy nomination. This Spring, Henry returned to Broadway in Kenneth Lonergan's Tony nominated play Lobby Hero. For his role, he received Tony, Drama Desk and Drama League Award nominations. This June, Henry co-starred with Jodie Foster and Sterling K. Brown in the feature film "Hotel Artemis." This Fall, Henry will co-star in four feature films. They include "White Boy Rick" with Matthew McConaughey (September), Steve McQueen's "Widows" opposite Viola Davis (November), Barry Jenkins' "If Beale Street Could Talk" (November) and the animated film "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse" (December). Henry is currently in production on "Superintelligence" alongside Melissa McCarthy and "The Woman in the Window" opposite Amy Adams and Gary Oldman. This fall, he will shoot the indie drama "The Outside Story" from writer/director Casimir Nozkowski. Earlier this year, he completed production on the indie comedy "Fam-i-ly" alongside Taylor Schilling and Kate McKinnon and the Blumhouse thriller "Only You" with David Oyelowo. Henry's additional film credits include the indie films "Irreplaceable You," "Puerto Ricans in Paris" and "Crown Heights." On television, he has appeared in numerous shows, including "Drunk History," "How To Get Away With Murder," "Vice Principals," "Boardwalk Empire," "The Knick," "The Good Wife" and "Law & Order." Henry's wide-range of theater credits include The Fortress of Solitude and The Brother/Sister Plays/The Brothers Size (Helen Hayes Best Actor Nomination) at The Public Theatre, as well as Romeo and Juliet and Talk About Race at New York Stage and Film and The Public. A graduate of Atlanta's Morehouse College, Henry received his MFA from Yale's School of Drama. He currently resides in New York.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Jill Fritzo PR

Trivia (4)

Nominated for a Tony Award as Best Featured Actor in a Play for his performance in "Lobby Hero" in 2018.
Nominated for the 2018 Emmy Award in the Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series category for his role as Alfred 'Paper Boi' Miles in Atlanta (2016), but lost to Henry Winkler from Barry (2018).
His mother, Willow Deane Kearse, was killed in a car accident in May 2016.
Has four sisters.

Personal Quotes (5)

I remember watching Boyz n the Hood (1991) over and over and over again, because I felt like it was the story of my life, because my father was definitely the character Furious and my mother was definitely Angela Bassett with shoulder pads stirring the coffee.
My favorite thing being on stage is whenever I could see people opening their playbills while I'm doing a scene. That to me is the biggest testament, because that means they're like: where is this person from?
A lot of people keep saying that I'm having a moment, and I'm really tired of hearing that. Because 'moment' to me is a whisper. It goes like that. A moment drops in and then it's out. I want something that is going to be so solid and stick for the longest time. I want a movement, man. I want to make sure that when you associate anything with me that you know what I bring, or you're excited to see what I could bring. I don't ever want to be stagnant, I don't ever want to be stale.
I didn't have aspirations of being an actor. I just thought it was fun. It was cool, it was an escape. I never thought in a million years that it would be something that would pay off.
If I didn't have acting I don't know what I'd do. It really does heal my soul.

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