Chicago native and stage and screen veteran Harry Lennix kicks off the fifth season of hit NBC drama The Blacklist.
Northwestern grad Harry Lennix is taking aim at another successful season on the small screen.
Harry Lennix is the kind of actor who commands respect. Perhaps it’s that husky voice, or the air of authority he exudes. Even if you don’t recognize him as Harold Cooper, assistant director of the FBI’s Counterterrorism Division, on the NBC crime show TheBlacklist, or as Commissioner Blades from Spike Lee’s Chiraq, you’ll swear you know the Chicago native from somewhere. Was he your principal? An official? A politician? Those assumptions are all close to true: The Northwestern graduate has a brother in the CPD, and he himself was a teacher at Bass Elementary in Englewood.
Still, as one of the leads on a highly popular show that’s now in its fth season, Lennix the man is often mistaken for Cooper the character. “I don’t think I have a lot in common with Cooper,” he says. “He’s a pretty conservative guy. I campaigned for Hillary Clinton twice. I don’t think Cooper would do that.”
Cooper wouldn’t write and star in a musical version of the Gospel of John, either, but Harry Lennix has done just that with the upcoming film Revival!. “It’s like Jesus Christ Superstar meets The Wiz, based on the greatest story ever told,” he says; a premiere is planned for this fall. Until then, Lennix remains busy figuring out what’s next for Director Cooper. “To be honest, I know very little about what will happen this season,” he admits. “It’s very nuanced.”