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Interview: Mykelti Williamson and Stephen McKinley Henderson

Mykelti Williamson and Stephen McKinley Henderson worked together on the 2010 Broadway revival and now Denzel Washington has reunited them and many of the stage actors for the feature film adaptation of August Wilson’s “Fences.”

Video Content: Mykelti Williamson and Stephen McKinley Henderson (2016)
SIDEWALKS host Veronica Castro talks to Mykelti Williamson (playing Gabriel Maxson) and Stephen McKinley Henderson (Jim Bono), two of the co-stars of the 2010 Broadway revival and the big-screen movie, “Fences.” Along with how they got into acting, the actors discuss the transition from the stage to a feature film and working with director and star Denzel Washington.

Mykelti Williamson

Mykelti Williamson

Mini-Biographies:
Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Mykelti Williamson has been acting continuous since he was a child. His early career started on TV with guest appearances on popular series, such as “Starsky and Hutch,” “Hill Street Blues,” “Miami Vice,” and “China Beach.” Best known as Private Benjamin Buford “Bubba” Blue in “Forrest Gump” and Negro League baseball player Josh Gibson in HBO’s “Soul of the Game,” Williamson went on to become a favorite in films like “Wildcats,” ”Miracle Mile,” “Free Willy,” “Waiting to Exhale,” “Heat,” “ Con Air,” “Three Kings,” “Black Dynamite,” “The Final Destination,” “Lucky Number Slevin,” “ Ali,” “The Assassination of Richard Nixon,” ”Get Rich or Die Tryin’,” “August Rush,” and “The Purge: Election Year.” On TV, he was a regular on CBS’ remake of “The Fugitive,” “Boomtown,” “Kidnapped,” and the season 8th episodes of FOX’s “24.” Recently, Williamson has recurring roles on “Justified,” “Nashville,” and “Designated Survivor.”

Stephen McKinley Henderson

Stephen McKinley Henderson

Born in Kansas City, Missouri, Stephen McKinley Henderson is known for his stage work, which includes “Between Riverside and Crazy,” August Wilson’s “Fences,” “Dracula, the Musical,” “Drowning Crow,” Ma Rainey’s “Black Bottom,” “King Hedley II,” “Jitney,” “A Raisin in the Sun” and “The Last Days of Judas Iscariot.” Some of his film credits are “Lincoln,” “Tower Heist,” the 1989 version of “A Raisin in the Sun,” “Marie,” “Keane,” and “If You Could Say It in Words.” On TV, Henderson was a regular on FOX’s “New Amsterdam” and had guest roles on “Law & Order,” “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” “The Newsroom,” “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne,” “Third Watch,” and “Blue Bloods.”

Interview Credits:
Recorded: December 16, 2016
Host / Producer: Veronica Castro
Editor: Richard R. Lee
Special Thanks To: Paramount Pictures

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