For his role as marketing consultant Marty Kaan on House of Lies, Don Cheadle is nominated for a 2014 Emmy Award.
Here’s what you need to know about the 49-year-old actor whose resume includes playing Col. James “Rhodey” Rhodes in Iron Man, and Sammy Davis Jr. in The Rat Pack.
1. He Was Attracted to His Character on ‘House of Lies’
He told Details what he liked about Kaan,
“And it was a character I couldn’t anticipate: ruthless, despicable, duplicitous. I also like that this was a TV show with three generations of black men—Marty, his father, and his son. How often does that happen?”
2. He’s Not Married
He lives in Santa Monica, California, with actress Bridgid Coulter and their two daughters.
He’s been with Coulter for 23 years, but they never married.
In an interview with Details, he said the key to their longevity is “No guns in the house.”
3. He’s in Superbowl Commericals
“That was a real dude…He thought he was being interviewed for a job,” Cheadle told Jimmy Kimmel.
4. He’s the Colonel in ‘Iron Man’
In an interview with Screenrant, he credited Robert Downey Jr. with making the franchise so successful:
I think it’s that man at the center of it, Robert Downey Jr., he’s obviously a really strong actor and when you bring that into a franchise like this I think it gives a level of veracity and a level of groundedness so it doesn’t feel like some flighty ephemeral thing. It’s like ‘oh, that’s a real person inside of there and a person with real issues.’ I think that contrast when you see that guy flying around and blowing things up, it makes it more grounded.
5. He’s Very Charitable
In 2007, Cheadle was given the BET Humanitarian award for his humanitarian services for the people of Darfur and Rwand
With George Clooney, Matt Damon, and Brad Pitt, he cofounded Not Under Our Watch.
On the charity’s website, it explains its mission as “to focus global attention and resources towards putting an end to mass atrocities around the world. Drawing upon the powerful voices of artists, activists, and cultural leaders, Not On Our Watch generates lifesaving humanitarian assistance and protection for the vulnerable, marginalized, and displaced.”
He also founded Ante Up for Africa, a poker-based charity.
Looktothestars.org listed 20 charities that Cheadle has contributed to.