But the 47-year-old Kansas City native says comedy is actually his first love, and he’s thrilled to get a chance to flex those muscles in his Showtime series “House of Lies,” which was picked up for a second season in February.
Below, Cheadle says his whole family is funny, which inspired him to start out his career as a standup comic before making the transition to acting.
Cheadle will next be seen in the Denzel Washington film “Flight,” opening Nov. 2, 2012. Watch the trailer below.
*In anticipation of the new season of their hit VH1 reality show, sibling R&B singers Brandy and Ray J have released a new song that features vocals from their parents, Willie and Sonja Norwood. [Scroll down to listen.]
Marking the first time all four family members have performed on the same track, “Talk To Me” is the first single from the “Brandy and Ray J: A Family Business” companion album set for release in early 2011.
“Talk to me from your heart/Talk to me from your soul/Let’s talk about the things that are virtuous/Let’s talk about the things that you know,” Brandy sings on the soothing ballad, which was produced by Scott “Shavoni” Parker (Cece Winans, Patti LaBelle). Each member is given the spotlight as they sing about the support of family over a slow R&B beat.
The release of “Talk To Me” follows Brandy’s elimination from “Dancing With the Stars” the week before the final round. “Brandy and Ray J: A Family Business” premieres on VH1 on Dec. 5.