Harry Lennix stars as FBI head Harry Cooper in NBC's action-thriller "The Blacklist."
Lennix is an accomplished film, television and stage actor who recently appeared in the Warner Bros. feature "Man of Steel." Past film credits include "Ray," "The Matrix: Reloaded" and "The Matrix: Revolutions." Lennix received critical acclaim and a Golden Satellite Award in Julie Taymor's "Titus," starring Anthony Hopkins. His other films include "Across the Universe," "Barbershop 2" and "Love and Basketball."
On the TV side, Lennix starred in the Golden Globe-nominated series "Commander in Chief" and as 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 has continued to work on television regularly with roles on "ER," "Diagnosis Murder," "Law & Order: Los Angeles," "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 has directed and appeared in stage productions across the U.S., 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 nominations, and "The Glass Menagerie" for the Steppenwolf Theater Company.
As an actor, Lennix was the first recipient of an Ollie Award for his role as 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 also starred in the title role of August Wilson's "King Hedley II" at the Mark Taper Forum. In 2001, Lennix was in the first U.S. company to be invited to the Royal Shakespeare Company for 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, 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.