Harry Lennix is a renowned film, television, and stage actor who currently stars as Harold Cooper, Assistant Director of Counterterrorism for the FBI on NBC's The Blacklist. He grew up in Chicago's South Shore neighborhood, the youngest of three siblings, and was raised by a single mother. Lennix attended Quigley Preparatory Seminary where he studied to become a Dominican priest. He did well in school, and upon graduation attended Northwestern University.
At Northwestern University, Lennix became interested in theater. He majored in acting and directing and was a member of For Members Only, an African American student organization at Northwestern. After graduation, Lennix spent eight years teaching in Chicago Public Schools, although he began to perform in prominent Chicago theaters, including the Goodman and Steppenwolf Theatres.
In 2006, Lennix starred in the Golden Globe nominated ABC series Commander in Chief. He also starred in Showtime's Keep the Faith Baby (2002) for which he won a Black Reel Award, a Golden Satellite Award, and a NAACP Image Award.
Lennix is active in various civic groups, and serves as Spokesman for NOBLE, the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives as well as being an ambassador to the National Association of Drug Court Professionals. He is also on the Advisory Council for Northwestern University.