Henley, Barry Shabaka 1954–

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HENLEY, Barry Shabaka 1954–

(Barry Henley, Shabaka Henley, Shabaka B. Henley, Shabaka Barry Henly, Shabaka)


Some sources cite original name as Barry Joseph Henley; born September 15, 1954, in New Orleans, LA.

Addresses: Agent—Bauman, Redanty and Shaul Agency, 5757 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 473, Los Angeles, CA 90036. Manager—Gina Rugolo Entertainment, 210 North Canon Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210.

Career: Actor. Performed as Factwino and other characters with the San Francisco Mime Troupe. Appeared in commercials. Also a political activist.

Awards, Honors: Obie Award, Village Voice, and Drama Desk Award, both outstanding ensemble performance, both with others, 2000, for Jitney; Drama-Logue Award, for Boesman and Lena; Bay Area Theatre Company Award, best actor, for work with the San Francisco Mime Troupe.


Film Appearances:

Nincompoop (also known as The Chivalrous Deeds of a Nincompoop), 1988.

El Paso doctor, What's Love Got to Do with It (also known as Tina: What's Love Got to Do with It), Buena Vista, 1993.

(As Shabaka) Geoffrey Lennox, Fear of a Black Hat (also known as The Trial of N.W.H.), Samuel Goldwyn, 1993.

Reverend Raymond, The Thing Called Love, Paramount, 1993.

McDermott, The Scout, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1994.

Doctor Toffler (some sources spell name as Tobler), Lord of Illusions (also known as Clive Barker's "Lord of Illusions"), United Artists, 1995.

Dravec, Destiny Turns On the Radio, Savoy Pictures, 1995.

Woodcutter, Devil in a Blue Dress (also known as Le diable en robe bleue), Columbia/TriStar, 1995.

Buddy, How Stella Got Her Groove Back, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1998.

Emmet, Patch Adams, Universal, 1998.

Man at Frankie's, Bulworth (also known as Tribulations), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1998.

Officer Bobby, Rush Hour, New Line Cinema, 1998.

Uniformed police officer, Fallen, Warner Bros., 1998.

Pokerface, Life, Universal, 1999.

Herbert Muhammad, Ali, Columbia, 2001.

(As Shabaka Henley) Go with the Fro (short film), 2001.

(As Barry Henley) Lieutenant Marks, Pavement (also known as Die Spur des Moerders), ApolloProMedia/Film Afrika/Motion Picture Corporation of Europe, 2002.

Daniel, Collateral, DreamWorks, 2004.

Thurman, The Terminal, DreamWorks, 2004.

Council member Douglas, Four Brothers, Paramount, 2005.

Virgil, Shackles, 2005.

Lieutenant Martin Castillo, Miami Vice, Universal, 2006.

Television Appearances; Series:

Willis Tillis, The Royal Family, CBS, 1991–92.

(As Shabaka B. Henley) Sam Otero, Die Gang (also known as Waterfront), German television, beginning 1997.

Sergeant Albert (some sources cite Archie) Simms, Robbery Homicide Division (also known as Metro and R.H.D./LA: Robbery Homicide Division/Los Angeles), CBS, 2002, USA Network, 2003.

Eddie, Barbershop, Showtime, beginning 2005.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Judge Barton, Till Death Us Do Part (also known as Married for Murder), NBC, 1992.

Shakey Winfield, Lackawanna Blues, HBO, 2005.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Voice, "John Brown's Holy War," The American Experience, PBS, 2000.

Himself, Inside "The Terminal," HBO, 2004.

Himself, Barbershop: A Little off the Top, Showtime, 2005.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Ernie, "Car Wars," Roc, Fox, 1992.

Detective Venezia, "Hail the Conquering Marrow," Johnny Bago, CBS, 1993.

Detective Venezia, "Johnny Bago Free at Last," Johnny Bago, CBS, 1993.

Detective, "Chicago Heat," ER (also known as Emergency Room), NBC, 1994.

Ernie, "The Last Temptation of Roc," Roc, Fox, 1994.

(As Shabaka Barry Henly) Charlie, "The Naked and the Dead, but Mostly the Naked," Married … with Children, Fox, 1995.

Mr. Derien, "Eddie by Moonlight," Malcolm & Eddie, UPN, 1996.

Stan Lawrence, "Penal Envy," Sparks, UPN, 1996.

Voice, "Ebony, Baby," Duckman (animated), USA Network, 1997.

"Don't You Be My Valentine," Brooklyn South, CBS, 1998.

Delmar Forchette, "The Prince and the Porker," City of Angels, CBS, 2000.

Tom Cunningham, "Boy Trouble," The Steve Harvey Show, The WB, 2000.

Guest, "Ali," HBO First Look, HBO, 2001.

Lieutenant Schmand, "Revenge Is Sweet," Oz, HBO, 2001.

Omar Maltese, "Born to Run," Crossing Jordan, NBC, 2001.

"The Good Fight," Providence, NBC, 2002.

Archie Day, "I Like Ike," NYPD Blue, ABC, 2004.

Archie Day, "My Dinner with Andy," NYPD Blue, ABC, 2004.

Asante Odufemi, "Ritual," Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (also known as Law & Order: SVU and Special Victims Unit), NBC, 2004.

Mr. Patterson, "Shake Your Groove Thing," Grey's Anatomy, ABC, 2005.

Appeared as Linton Bell, John Grisham's "The Client" (also known as The Client), CBS; and as Roger Billings, NYPD Blue, ABC.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

Teddy, Clippers, CBS, 1991.

Brooklyn South, CBS, 1997.

Stage Appearances:

Richard II, Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles, 1992.

The Piano Lesson, Crossroads Theatre Company, New Brunswick, NJ, c. 1996.

Jungle Bells (solo performance), The Black Theatre Artists Workshop, LocoMotion Theatre Festival, Actors' Gang Theatre, Los Angeles, 1997, and other venues, including The Hackney Empire, Bullion Room Theatre, London, 2002, and Mexican Heritage Plaza Theatre, San Jose, CA, 2003.

Doub, Jitney, Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles, 2000, Second Stage Theatre, Union Square Theatre, New York City, 2000–2001, and Royal National Theatre, London, 2002.

Appeared in Boesman and Lena, Los Angeles area production; and in Measure for Measure, Berkeley Shakespeare Company. Also appeared in The Blood Knot, Galileo, and Waiting for Godot.



Himself, The Making of "Ali," 2001.

Himself, City of Night: The Making of "Collateral," DreamWorks Home Entertainment, 2004.


Writings for the Stage:

Jungle Bells (solo performance), The Black Theatre Artists Workshop, LocoMotion Theatre Festival, Actors' Gang Theatre, Los Angeles, 1997, and other venues, including The Hackney Empire, Bullion Room Theatre, London, 2002, and Mexican Heritage Plaza Theatre, San Jose, CA, 2003.

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