John Douglas Thompson has been hailed by the New York Times “as one of the most compelling classical stage actors of his generation” and in The New Yorker, Thompson [is] “regarded by some people as the best classical actor in America.”
John most recently appeared on Broadway in King Lear and the revival of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel. He also starred in the Huntington Theatre Company’s Man in the Ring (Elliot Norton Award) and in the titular role of the American Conservatory Theater’s production of Hamlet. He also co-starred in The Public Theater’s Shakespeare In The Park production of Julius Caesar.
He received rave reviews for his performance in August Wilson’s Jitney, for which he received a Tony Award nomination. Thompson’s other credits include The Father and A Doll’s House at Theater For A New Audience and Troilus & Cressida at The Public. Other Broadway credits include A Time To Kill, Cyrano de Bergerac, and Julius Caesar with Denzel Washington.
John’s Off-Broadway credits include: The Iceman Cometh (Obie and Drama Desk Awards); Tamburlaine (Obie and Drama Desk Awards); Satchmo At The Waldorf (Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle Award, and the NAACP Theatre Awards) at Westside Theater, ACT, Annenberg Center For The Performing Arts, Long Wharf Theater; King Lear at The Public Theater; Macbeth (title role); Othello (Obie Award, Lucille Lortel Award) at Theatre for a New Audience; The Forest; The Emperor Jones at Irish Repertory Theatre (Lucille Lortel, Drama League and Drama Desk nominations); and Hedda Gabler at New York Theatre Workshop. Regional credits include: Joe Turner’s Come And Gone at Mark Taper Forum (Ovation Award); Antony And Cleopatra; Red Velvet, Othello, Richard III, and Mother Courage at Shakespeare & Co.; Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train (Barrymore Award); and productions at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, Trinity Repertory Company, American Repertory Theater and Yale Repertory Theatre among others. Television credits include: For Life, Mare Of Easttown, The Gilded Age, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. Film credits include: 21 Bridges, 355, Let Them All Talk, Wolves, The Bourne Legacy, Glass Chin, Midway, and Malcolm X.