Veteran actor Barry Shabaka Henley draws from a rich history of acting in many high profile films, television shows and theatre productions. He most recently appeared in the hit Oscar-nominated film A STAR IS BORN with Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper. He is currently starring in ABC’s Marvel’s “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” This fall he will be starring in the new CBS Chuck Lorre comedy “Bob ♥ Abishola,” which is a love story about a middle-aged compression sock businessman from Detroit who unexpectedly falls for his cardiac nurse, a Nigerian immigrant, while recovering from a heart attack and sets his sights on winning her over.
Perhaps the biggest testament to Henley’s talent is his professional collaboration with director-producer Michael Mann, who has cast him in multiple projects including his films, “Ali,” “Collateral,” and “Miami Vice” as well as the HBO’s series “Luck” starring Dustin Hoffman.
Henley’s other film work includes starring in the big budget hits THE TERMINAL, RUSH HOUR, PATCH ADAMS, HOW STELLA GOT HER GROOVE BACK, BULWORTH, and CARRIE. He starred in Jim Jarmusch’s film PATERSON, which was in Official Competition at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival. His numerous television credits include “Better Call Saul,” “NCIS: New Orleans,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Black-ish”, “Veep,” and “Shameless,” with a recurring role on Amazon Prime’s “Bosch.” He also starred on Showtime’s “Barbershop.”
Having gotten his start on the stage, Henley has toured extensively with the theatre production of “Jitney” and was a featured player in “Richard II,” “Waiting for Godot,” and “As You Like It.” He won an NAACP Image Award for his work in “Rabbit Foot.” Henley was the writer and star of “Mingus Remixed,” which premiered at the Lorraine Hansberry Theater in San Francisco. Henley has appeared in other productions of “Satchmo at the Waldorf” at the Court Theater in Chicago, Palm Beach Dramaworks and Le Petit Theatre in New Orleans.
Born in New Orleans, Henley currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife and son.