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Actor

John
Earl Jelks

John Earl Jelks was nominated for a Tony Award for his performance as Sterling in August Wilson’s Radio Golf, which he also toured to the McCarter, Goodman, CENTERSTAGE, SeattleRep., Mark Taper and Yale Rep. Jelks also appeared with Phylicia Rashad on Broadway in August Wilson’s Gem of the Ocean as Citizen (after runs at the Goodman, Huntington and Mark Taper, where he won an NAACP Theatre Award and an L.A. Ovation Award). In 2008, Jelks won an AUDELCO Award for his work in the Off-Broadway revival of The First Breeze of Summer. Regional theatre: Fetch Clay, Make Man at the McCarter Theatre; the world stage premiere of The Shawshank Redemptionat the Gaiety Theatre in Ireland;Magnolia at the Goodman Theatre; Joe Turner's Come and Gone at the penumbra Theatre Company and Missouri Repertory Theatre. Recently, Jelks appeared as Detective Dillard in Spike Lee's film Miracle at St. Anna.