Don Cheadle first appeared in the 1984 short film ‘3 Days.’ In 1985, he made his official big-screen debut with the Neal Israel-directed comedy film ‘Moving Violations.’ The film received negative reviews from critics. The following year, Cheadle made his television debut in the musical drama series ‘Fame.’ That same year, he appeared in 2 other television series namely, ‘L.A. Law’ and ‘Sidekicks.’
In 1995, Don Cheadle was played the role of ‘Mouse Alexander’ in the neo-noir mystery thriller film ‘Devil in a Blue Dress.’ He won a ‘Screen Actors Guild Award’ nomination for his performance in the film. Cheadle was next seen in the 1997 Mick Jackson-directed disaster film ‘Volcano.’ While the film received mixed reviews from critics, it managed to earn big numbers at the box office. The year 1998 saw the release of the television drama film ‘The Rat Pack.’ He starred as ‘Sammy Davis Jr.’ in the film for which he won a ‘Golden Globe Award’ for ‘Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television.’
In 2001, Don Cheadle starred as ‘Basher Tarr’ in the heist comedy film ‘Ocean's Eleven.’ The film opened to positive reviews and went on to become a blockbuster hit at the box office. Cheadle reprised his role as ‘Basher Tarr’ in ‘Ocean's Twelve’ (2004) and ‘Ocean's Thirteen’ (2007).
The year 2004 saw the release of the Terry George-directed drama film ‘Hotel Rwanda’ where Cheadle played the role of ‘Paul Rusesabagina.’ For his performance, Don Cheadle won an ‘Academy Award’ nomination.
In 2010, Cheadle starred as ‘James Rhodes / War Machine’ in the Marvel superhero film ‘Iron Man 2.’ The film was a massive box office success and became the seventh-highest-grossing film of 2010. Don Cheadle continued to appear as ‘James Rhodes / War Machine’ in ‘Iron Man 3’ (2013), ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ (2015), ‘Captain America: Civil War’ (2016), ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ (2018), and ‘Avengers: Endgame’ (2019).
Don Cheadle was last seen in the 2021 live-action/animated sports comedy film ‘Space Jam: A New Legacy’ directed by Malcolm D. Lee. He will be next seen in the upcoming drama film ‘White Noise.’