Harry Lennix stars as Harold Cooper on the NBC series "The Blacklist."
Lennix recently starred in the Warner Bros. blockbuster "Man of Steel" as General Swanwick, a role he will reprise in the upcoming sequel, "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice." Lennix also stars as Commissioner Blades in Spike Lee's upcoming feature "Chiraq." Slated for a December release, "Chiraq" will be Amazon's first movie that is up for an Academy Award.
In July 2014, Lennix announced the creation of Exponent Media Group, a movie production company he founded with longtime Chicago associate Steve Harris. A distribution deal is in place with Nehst Media Enterprises' Digiplex chain for three of the company's titles: "Mr. Sophistication," "H4" and "Revival!" The company intends to shoot five more films over the next three years.
Additional upcoming films include "72 Hours," "Timeless," "Back to School Mom," "Stand Down Soldier," and two films in which he both stars and executive produces: "Romeo and Juliet in Harlem" and the "The Algerian," which premiered in theaters in August 2015.
Past film credits include "State of Play" (2009), "Across the Universe" (2007), the Oscar-winning "Ray," (2004), "Barbershop 2" (2004), "The Matrix Reloaded" (2003), "The Matrix Revolutions" (2003) and "Love and Basketball" (2000). Lennix received widespread critical acclaim and a Golden Satellite Award as Aaron in Julie Taymor's "Titus" (1999) with Anthony Hopkins and Jessica Lange.
Lennix is active in various civic groups, serves as spokesman for NOBLE, the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, and is an ambassador to the National Association of Drug Court Professionals. He is also on the Advisory Council for Northwestern University, his alma mater.
A Chicago native, Lennix is married to Djena Graves Lennix, a businesswoman. They reside in Los Angeles and New York.
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.