American actor Harry Lennix was born on November 16, 1964 in Chicago, Illinois. The youngest of four siblings, he attended Quigley Preparatory Seminary South and Northwestern University, where he majored in Acting and Directing. For several years, he taught music and civics for several years in the Chicago public school system. When he isn’t busy with his acting endeavors, he returns there as a frequent lecturer.
Harry Lennix began his career in the late 1980s, striving to make it into the industry by beginning with small roles. He was first seen on The Package in 1989, and later on A Mother’s Courage: The Mary Thomas Story. His next portrayal was that of Prosecutor Keith Warner in Perry Mason: The Case of the Defiant Daughter. At that time in the 1990s, he was seen on Mo’ Money, Vanishing Son II, Clockers, and the series The Client. In 1996s, he began to rise to TV fame. He got roles on two episodes of Murder One, and on six episodes of the long-running series ER. He continued his string of appearances, getting roles in Living Single, Ally McBeal, Any Day Now and Diagnosis Murder. After roles in JAG and Judging Amy, he received several more movie roles.
The year 2000 opened more opportunities for Lennix, when he got cast as Nathan Wright in Love & Basketball. This was followed by All or Nothing, Home Invaders and Pumpkin in 2002. Later on, he landed roles in Don’t Explain, Never Get Outta the Boat, Blacklisted, and episodes of Girlfriends and The Practice. In 2003, he obtained a supporting role in the blockbuster The Matrix Reloaded, portraying the character known as Commander Lock. He also lent his voice to the video game Enter the Matrix for his character. Also that year, he was cast as Mr. Silk on The Human Stain, and he later reprised his role in The Matrix Revolutions. This was followed by roles in Chrystal, Barbershop 2: Back in Business, and 2004’s Suspect Zero. He also took part in the Spike Lee film Get on the Bus, and appeared on other movies like Ray, Trespass, Stomp the Yard, Resurrecting the Champ, and the 2007 flick Across the Universe. On television, he has appeared in House M.D., Century City, Second Time Around, Commander in Chief, and the hit series 24. He also joined the cast of the Fox show Dollhouse, created by Joss Whedon.