Artist Bio

Ernest Perry Jr.

(Bio as of April 2018)

Ernest Perry Jr. returns to Goodman Theatre, where his many credits include Two Trains Running,  Death and the King’s Horseman, An Enemy of the People, Play Mas, The Road, Edmond, A Raisin in the Sun, Galileo, A Christmas Carol, Black Star Line, Puddin ‘n’ Pete (Jeff Award nomination), The Ties That Bind, Let Me Live, ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore, Miss Evers’ Boys, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Oo-Bla-Dee, Drowning Crow, Romeo and Juliet, As You Like It, Cry, The Beloved Country, The Iceman Cometh, The Merchant of Venice, Heartbreak House, Magnolia and Gas For Less. Other Chicago credits include Rest, The Gospel of Lovingkindness, Ceremo­nies in Dark Old Men, Daddy’s Seashore Blues, Pecong and Split Second (Victory Gardens Theater); All’s Well That Ends Well, Playboy of the West Indies, Mary Stuart and Pantomime (Court Theatre); Henry V, Measure for Measure, As You Like It and Cymbeline (Chicago Shakespeare Theater); Meetings and Rhino’s Policeman at Northlight Theatre; The Petrified Forest, The Merchant of Venice and King Lear  (Body Politic Theatre); Suspenders! (Chicago Theatre Company, Jeff Award nomination); Driving Miss Daisy (Briar Street Theatre) and Rooms of Furniture (Organic Theater Company, Black Theatre Alliance Award for Best Actor). Regional credits include Death and the King’s Horsemen (Kennedy Center); The Tempest (Amer­ican Shakespeare Center); Jitney, Driving Miss Daisy and Gem of the Ocean (Indiana Reper­tory Theatre); Fences (Arden Theatre Company, Barrymore Award nomina­tion); King Hedley II (Alliance Theatre); Of Mice and Men (Virginia Stage Company); The Tempest and Fences (Actors Theatre of Louisville); Gem of the Ocean and Trouble in Mind (Milwaukee Repertory Theater); Birdie Blue (City Theatre); Emancipa­tion of the Valet de Chambre (Cleveland Play House); Dutchman (Hartford Stage); Oo-Bla-Dee (La Jolla Playhouse) and; Elmina’s Kitchen and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (Center Stage). International credits include The Iceman Cometh at the Abbey Theatre (Dublin); My Chil­dren, My Africa at Vienna’s English Theatre and The Merchant of Venice at Royal Shakespeare Company (London), Thalia Theatre (Germany) and MC93 Bobigny (Paris). Television credits include ER, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Lady Blue, The Howard Beach Story, Early Edition, Unnatural Causes, The Watcher, The Untouch­ables and Boss. Film credits include Quebec, Barbershop 2, Roll Bounce, Liar Liar, Rage in Harlem, The Color of Money, Running Scared and The Fifteen Minute Hamlet.

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