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Born: November 29, 1964 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Kansas City, Missouri, USA Profession: Cast ...
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"Now that I know how [the Oscar nominees] get picked, and how the selection process works, I could give a fuck if I never get one. I mean it would be nice because your money goes up, and it shows appreciation on a wide level, but what does my performance have to do with the political lobbying and machinations that go on inside the Academy that I am not privy to? If I never get an Oscar, it doesn't mean anything about my work. It's enough to me that everyone's saying, 'Damn . . . they passed you up'"---Don Cheadle on not receiving a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for his performance in "Devil in a Blue Dress" quoted in Premiere, April 1997.

Cheadle founded Elemental Prose, a company of artists with the goal of preserving oral histories through words and music.

"I'm glad that people try to write roles that anyone can do, but I also don't ever want to end up in movies where the fact that I'm a black man is a nonissue. In America, it's always an issue."---Cheadle quoted in Interview, August 1997.

"Don is one of those actors who is so intense that if the other actors are not up for a scene, they're going to get smoked. It's not like he's Mr. Thespian, but you have to be ready. He's very generous with other actors, It you mention him to other actors, their eyes light up."---Stephen Soderbergh, who directed Cheadle in "Out of Sight", to The New York Times, May 16, 1999.

"I just want to continue to do diverse characters, because that's what's fun for me. It's not necessarily what's star-making, but as long as I can make a career out of it, that's what I'll be doing."---Cheadle quoted in Time Out New York, May 14-21, 1998.

"He's a character actor, but so is Dustin Hoffman. He will carry a movie. He has those serious chops. There is so much emotion he puts into it, so many colors on his palette."---Rob Cohen, director of "The Rat Pack", to The New York Times, May 16, 1999.

"Actors have to know that this is fleeting. This is about the flavor of the month. They can get sick of Don Cheadle's flavor and move on to the next at any time. Very few actors, we can probably count them on two hands, have had a career that spans 60 years. You can be a banker for the rest of your life, but you can be bankable for as long as people want to pay for tickets. I'm not hot, I'm lukewarm. I'm making money and I'm saving my money and trying to be good in everything I do."---Don Cheadle quoted in Daily News, June 28, 1998.

"Don Cheadle has an angelic quality and dangerous quality to him... he's brilliant."--- Brett Ratner quoted in Ebony Magazine, August 2002.

"He's the perfect man, incredibly intelligent, talented, generous and funny."---Sophie Okonedo, Cheadle's co-star in "Rwanda" quoted to People, November 29, 2004.

"Don has this energy, like he could say or do anything at any moment. Movie stars in general make us feel safe, but that's not where he operates from. He seems not to be governed by the laws of the universe somehow."---Stephen Soderbergh, who directed Cheadle in "Ocean's Twelve", to Entertainment Weekly, December 17, 2004.

"My career has never been like a jet taking off; it's a house built on sand," he says. "It's nervous-making for sure."---Cheadle to GQ, March 2005.

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