Wright is also a Brooklyn resident and philanthropist, whose organization Brooklyn For Life! supports local businesses and serves meals to first responders, hospital workers and residents of public housing affected by the pandemic.
Wright was honored at the 30th annual IFP Gotham Awards, one of the leading awards for independent film, on Monday. The show was presented live from Cipriani Wall Street New York in a hybrid format featuring virtual interactive tables in order to follow health and safety protocols brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Wright has held roles in several “Made in NY” productions including “Boardwalk Empire,” “Shaft,” “The Manchurian Candidate,” “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close,” and “Broken City,” as well as “Angels in America”, for which he won a Golden Globe and Emmy award, and “Basquiat,” his breakout film role.
He has also been seen in Broadway performances including “A Free Man of Color,” “TopDog/Underdog,” “Bring in ‘Da Noise, Bring in ‘Da Funk,” and “Angels in America: Perestroika,” a performance that brought him both a Tony and a Drama Desk award.
During the pandemic, he co-founded Brooklyn For Life! to help feed hospital workers and first responders. The organization also helped feed families in NYCHA housing developments in Fort Greene through financial support to onecommunitynyc.org, which continues to deliver 1,600 grocery packages per week to vulnerable residents.
“Brooklyn for Life! is simply a group of New Yorkers coming together to look out for their community in tough times," said Wright. "I’ve played in a lot of movies and shows, but this was one of the most fulfilling stories I’ve been a part of.
“This ‘Made in NY’ recognition is not of me alone, but of all the restaurant owners and workers who helped write it,” he added.
Wright is currently shooting the latest installment of the Batman, making history as the first African American to portray the iconic character of Commissioner Gordon.