Brian Tyree Henry
Brian Tyree Henry
Brian Tyree Henry (born March 31, 1982) is an American actor. He is best known for his role as Alfred "Paper Boi" Miles in the FX comedy-drama series Atlanta (2016–present), for which he received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series. He is also known for his performances in Boardwalk Empire, How to Get Away with Murder, and This is Us.
Henry made his film breakthrough in 2018, with starring roles in Steve McQueen's heist film Widows, Barry Jenkins' romantic drama film If Beale Street Could Talk, and the animated superhero film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. He also appeared in Todd Phillips' Joker (2019), Adam Wingard's Godzilla vs. Kong (2021), Joe Wright's The Woman in the Window (2021), and Chloé Zhao's Eternals (2021).
Henry has also appeared on stage, making his debut performance in the Shakespeare in the Park production of Romeo and Juliet (2007), and acting in various plays at the Public Theatre, before appearing in the original Broadway cast of The Book of Mormon (2011). In 2014 he appeared in the off-Broadway musical The Fortress of Solitude. For his performance in the 2018 Broadway revival of Kenneth Lonergan's play Lobby Hero, he received a Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actor in a Play.
Henry was born in Fayetteville, North Carolina and raised partly in Washington, D.C. His father was in the military, and his mother, Willow Dean Kearse, was an educator. Henry attended Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia as a business major-turned-actor in the early 2000s, and received his master's degree from Yale School of Drama.
2007–2015: Early career
Henry began his career on stage, with roles in numerous plays and musicals. In 2007, he starred as Tybalt in Shakespeare in the Park's production of Romeo and Juliet. Henry also appeared in Tarell Alvin McCraney's trilogy of plays, titled The Brother/Sister Plays. In 2011, he received further success as a part of the original cast of the musical The Book of Mormon.
In 2016, Henry received critical acclaim and recognition for his starring role as Alfred "Paper Boi" Miles in the FX comedy-drama series Atlanta. For his performance in the series, he received a nomination for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series. From 2016 to 2017, he appeared as Tavis Brown in the HBO comedy series Vice Principals. In 2017, Henry guest starred as Ricky in the NBC drama series This is Us, for which he received a nomination for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series.
Also in 2018, Henry made his film breakthrough, with starring roles in the dystopian thriller film Hotel Artemis, the heist film Widows, the romantic drama film If Beale Street Could Talk, and the animated superhero film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.
Henry's mother, Willow Deane Kearse, died in early 2016. The Atlanta episode "Woods" was dedicated to Kearse.
|2015||Puerto Ricans in Paris||Spencer|
|2017||Person to Person||Mike|
|White Boy Rick||Officer Mel "Roach" Jackson|
|If Beale Street Could Talk||Daniel Carty|
|Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse||Jefferson Davis (voice)|
|2019||Don't Let Go||Garret Radcliff|
|Child's Play||Detective Mike Norris|
|2020||The Outside Story||Charles Young|
|2021||Godzilla vs. Kong||Bernie Hayes|
|The Woman in the Window||Detective Little|
|Red, White and Water||Post-production|
|2023||The Magician's Elephant||(voice)|
|2009||Law & Order||Ben||Episode: "Dignity"|
|2010||The Good Wife||Randall Simmons||Episode: "Double Jeopardy"|
|2013||Boardwalk Empire||Winston aka Scrapper||2 episodes|
|2014||The Knick||Larkin||Episode: "The Busy Flea"|
|2016–present||Atlanta||Alfred "Paper Boi" Miles||21 episodes|
|2016–17||Vice Principals||Dascius Brown||3 episodes|
|2017||How to Get Away with Murder||Public Defender||Episode: "Go Cry Somewhere Else"|
|This Is Us||Ricky||Episode: "Memphis"|
|Drop the Mic||Himself||Season 1: Episode 9|
|2018||BoJack Horseman||Cooper Wallace, Jr./Strib (voice)||Episode: "The Amelia Earhart Story"|
|Room 104||Arnold||Episode: "Arnold"|
|2018–19||Drunk History||Himself / Berry Gordy||2 episodes|
|2021–present||HouseBroken||Armando (voice)||9 episodes|
|2007||Romeo and Juliet||Tybalt||Shakespeare in the Park|
|The Brothers Size||Oshoosi||The Public Theatre|
|2009||In The Red and Brown Water||The Egungun||The Public Theatre|
|Marcus; Or the Secret of Sweet||Oshoosi Size / Terrell||The Public Theatre|
|2011||The Book of Mormon||General||Eugene O'Neill Theatre|
|2014||The Fortress of Solitude||Robert Woolfolk||The Public Theatre|
|2018||Lobby Hero||William||Helen Hayes Theatre|
Awards and nominations
|2017||MTV Movie & TV Award||Best Duo (shared with Lakeith Stanfield)||Atlanta||Nominated|||
|Gold Derby Award||Breakthrough Performer of the Year||Nominated|
|Best Comedy Supporting Actor||Nominated|
|Best Drama Guest Actor||This Is Us||Nominated|
|Guild of Music Supervisors Award||Best Song/Recording Created for Television||Nominated|
|Primetime Emmy Award||Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series||Nominated|
|2018||Drama Desk Award||Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play||Lobby Hero||Nominated|||
|Drama League Award||Distinguished Performance||Nominated|
|Tony Award||Best Featured Actor in a Play||Nominated|
|Primetime Emmy Award||Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series||Atlanta||Nominated|||
|Gold Derby Award||Best Comedy Supporting Actor||Nominated|
|2019||Critics' Choice Television Award||Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series||Nominated|
|Screen Actors Guild Award||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series||Nominated|
|NAACP Image Award||Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture||If Beale Street Could Talk||Nominated|
|Gold Derby Award||Best Ensemble Cast||Widows||Nominated|
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