Harry Lennix stars as FBI head Harold Cooper in NBC's action-thriller "The Blacklist."
Lennix is an accomplished film, television and stage actor who appears in the Warner Bros. feature "Man of Steel." Other recent credits include "Emily Owens, M.D.," "Dollhouse" and "Little Britain," as well as the critically acclaimed series "24."
Lennix made his Broadway debut in August Wilson's Tony-nominated play "Radio Golf." He was seen on the big screen in Working Title's "State of Play." In 2006, Lennix starred in the Golden Globe-nominated ABC show "Commander in Chief" as Jim Gardner, Chief of Staff to the POTUS. His other appearances include the Oscar-winning film "Ray," "The Matrix: Reloaded" and "The Matrix: Revolutions." Lennix received critical acclaim and a Golden Satellite Award as Aaron in Julie Taymor's "Titus," starring Anthony Hopkins. A host of other film credits include "Across the Universe," "Barbershop 2" and "Love and Basketball." Lennix starred as the legendary Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. in Showtime's "Keep the Faith, Baby" for which he won a Black Reel Award and was nominated for both an NAACP Image Award and a Golden Satellite Award. He continued to make his presence known with recurring roles on "ER" and "Diagnosis Murder" and guest-starring appearances on shows such as "Law & Order: Los Angeles."
Lennix has directed and appeared in stage productions across the country, including the Northlight Theater Company's production of "Permanent Collection" at the Greenway Arts Alliance in Los Angeles, which, under his directing consultation, was remounted at Los Angeles' Kirk Douglas Theater. He directed the stage version of Robert Townsend's "The Five Heartbeats," which received three NAACP Theater Award nominations, and "The Glass Menagerie" for the Steppenwolf Theater Company. As a stage actor, Lennix was the first distinguished recipient of an Ollie Award for his portrayal of Malcolm X at the Goodman Theater in Chicago and two Joseph Jefferson Citations for his roles in "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" and "Caught in the Act." He starred in the title role of August Wilson's "King Hedley II" at the Mark Taper Forum. In 2001, he was part of the first American company to be invited to the Royal Shakespeare Company in the production of "Cymbeline."
Lennix has also been extremely active in his native Chicago community where he was an English and music teacher before becoming an actor. He founded Legacy Productions with renowned director Chuck Smith in 1989. The company is dedicated to promoting significant works about the African American experience. He is on the staff of the Goodman Theater. He is also active in various civic groups and is on the Advisory Council for his alma mater, Northwestern University.
Assistant Director of Counterterrorism for the FBI, Harold Cooper is the team's tough, cynical leader. Reddington implies the two share some history, but details remain unclear. Though initially wary of Reddington's surrender, Cooper eventually realizes Red's incredible value as an informant is worth the risk of working with him. During the hunt for Berlin, when his entire team was targeted, Cooper barely survived a garroting. At the end of Season 1, Cooper laid unconscious in the hospital, hovering on the brink of death.