Stephen McKinley Henderson

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STEPHEN McKINLEY HENDERSON (Pops) returns to Second Stage Theatre where he was a member of August Wilson’s celebrated Obie Award-winning Jitney ensemble (2002 Olivier Award for Outstanding Drama), as well as the off-Broadway staging of Between Riverside and Crazy. Six Broadway productions include Tony winners for Best Revival; Fences (Tony nomination) and A Raisin in the Sun. Stephen also delights in having played Torvald in the celebrated replacement cast of A Doll’s House Part 2 lead by Julie White. Six off-Broadway performances include The Last Days of Judas Iscariot directed by Phillip Seymour Hoffman. Stephen appears in five Oscar nominated films. Films soon to be released are Causeway, Disappointment Boulevard, Civil War, and DUNE part 2.

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Stephen McKinley Henderson STAGE CREDITS

Original Broadway Production, 2022
Walter "Pops" Washington

Original Broadway Production, 2017
Torvald [Replacement]

Second Stage Theatre Production, 2015

Atlantic Theater Production, 2014

Broadway Revival, 2014

Broadway Revival, 2010
Jim Bono


Red Carter

Pontius Pilate/Uncle Pino

Original Broadway Production, 2004
Van Helsing

Abraham Van Helsing

Manhattan Theatre Club Production, 2004
Sammy Bow

Broadway Revival, 2003
Slow Drag

Original Broadway Production, 2001
Stool Pigeon



Emmett Tate


Stephen McKinley Henderson Productions

[Off-Broadway, 2009]

Stephen McKinley Henderson Movies

[1985]Marie Cooper's Husband

[2004]Everyday People Arthur

[2004]Keane Garage Employee

[2006]Waltzing Anna Pete

[2008]If You Could Say It in Words Beball Fan

[2009]The Good Heart Psychiatrist

[2011]Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close Walt the Locksmith

[2011]Tower Heist Lester

[2012]Lincoln William Slade

[2012]Red Hook Summer Deacon Yancy  

[2014]Da Sweet Blood of Jesus Deacon Yancy

[2014]The Romans Birdman

[2016]Fences Jim Bono

[2016]Manchester by the Sea Mr. Emery

[2016]All at Once Robert

[2016]The American Side Stickney

[2017]Lady Bird Father Leviatch

[2019]Native Son Mr. Green

[2019]The True Adventures of Wolfboy Nichol

[2020]Bruised Pops

[2021]Dune Thufir Hawat

[2022]Causeway Dr. Luc

[2023]Dune: Part Two Thufir Hawat

Stephen McKinley Henderson TV Shows

Law & Order Marc Kramer, Gerald Mowat

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Judge Bernard

Wu-Tang: An American Saga Uncle Hollis

Stephen McKinley Henderson Awards and Nominations

Drama League Awards - 2023 - Distinguished Performance Award

Stephen McKinley Henderson, Between Riverside and Crazy

Tony Awards - 2023 - Best Actor in a Leading Role in a Play

Stephen McKinley Henderson, Between Riverside and Crazy

Drama Desk Awards - 2015 - Outstanding Actor in a Play

Stephen McKinley Henderson, Between Riverside and Crazy

Drama League Awards - 2015 - Distinguished Performance Award

Stephen McKinley Henderson, Between Riverside and Crazy

Obie Awards - 2015 - Performance

Stephen McKinley Henderson, Between Riverside and Crazy

Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2015 - Outstanding Actor in a Play

Stephen McKinley Henderson, Between Riverside and Crazy

The Lortels - 2015 - Outstanding Lead Actor in a Play

Stephen McKinley Henderson, Between Riverside and Crazy

Stephen McKinley Henderson Videos

Stephen McKinley Henderson News

Photos: PURLIE VICTORIOUS Welcomes Angela Bassett, Alicia Keys, Mariska Hargitay, and Hilary Swank Backstage

See photos from a special Saturday Night on Broadway! The Music Box Theatre was graced by multiple celebrities on Saturday Night for the performance of Purlie Victorious: A Non-Confederate Romp Through The Cotton Patch. 

Photos: Inside Opening Night of TRIPPING ON LIFE at Theatre Row

All new photos have been released from opening night of Tripping on Life at Theatre Row. Check out the photos here!

THE DUTCHMAN Film Adaptation to Star Stephen McKinley Henderson, André Holland & More

Stephen McKinley Henderson, André Holland, Zazie Beetz, and Kate Mara have joined the cast of the upcoming film adaptation of The Dutchman. Andre Gaines' film adaptation of the Obie-winning play has landed a SAG-AFTRA Interim Agreement.

Common Joins Honorees at Black Theatre United Gala; Josh Groban, Lorna Courtney & More to Present

Emmy, Grammy & Academy Award winner Common has been added to the list of honorees at Black Theatre United's inaugural Gala on Monday, October 30 at the Ziegfeld Ballroom.

Rush Tickets Available For Lin Shaye's TRIPPING ON LIFE

Emmy-winner Lin Shaye’s award-winning solo show,  Tripping on Life, offers RUSH tickets for only $22 exclusively sold on the TodayTix app. Learn more about how to get discounted tickets to Tripping on Life here!

Wake Up With BroadwayWorld August 31st, 2023

Rise and shine, BroadwayWorld! It is August 31, 2023 and it's time to catch up on all of the theatrical happenings you may have missed in the last 24 hours.

Lin Shaye Brings TRIPPING ON LIFE to New York

Following a sold-out, award-winning Hollywood production of Tripping on Life, legendary, Emmy-winning actress Lin Shaye is bringing her solo show to New York City. Directed by Robert Galinsky, Tripping on Life will begin previews on September 8 in advance of its opening night on Monday, September 18, at 6:30 PM. It will run through October 8, 2023 at Theatre Row, located at 410 West 42 Street.

KIMBERLY AKIMBO & More Win 2023 Tony Awards - Full List of Winners!

Tonight's the night! The best of Broadway gathers today, June 11, at the United Palace to celebrate the 76th Annual Tony Awards. Kimberly Akimbo, Leopoldstadt, Some Like It Hot, Alex Newell, Sean Hayes, and more took home trophies. Check out the full list of winners now!

How/When/Where to Watch the 2023 Tony Awards and Other Questions Answered!

In just days, on June 11, The 76th Annual Tony Awards make their debut at the United Palace to celebrate the best of Broadway for the 2022/23 theatre season. Need a refresher on how to watch and when? We've got you covered!

Photos: Inside the 2023 Drama Desk Awards

The 2023 Drama Desk Awards ceremony was held on Tuesday, June 6 at the iconic Sardi's Restaurant. BroadwayWorld was there and you can check out photos from the big night here!

Photos: Broadway's Brightest Stars Hit the Red Carpet at the 2023 Tony Awards

We're taking you to the red carpet for a look at all of the stars (and what they're wearing) at the 2023 Tony Awards!

Lin-Manuel Miranda, Tovah Feldshuh, Jason Robert Brown, and More Will Present at the 2023 Drama Desk Awards

Presenters for the 67th Annual Drama Desk Awards have been announced! Learn more about who will be giving out awards on the big night!

Video: Stephen McKinley Henderson Reflects on His Decade-Long Journey with BETWEEN RIVERSIDE AND CRAZY

In this video, watch as Tony nominee Stephen McKinley Henderson chats more about the Between Riverside and Crazy's long journey to Broadway, why the theatre community is so important to him, and so much more.

SOME LIKE IT HOT, PARADE, and More Take Home 2023 Drama Desk Awards; Full List of Winners!

Winners for the 67th Annual Drama Desk Awards were announced today. Among the big winners were Some Like It Hot, Parade, and more.

Photos: Stars From SHUCKED, SWEENEY TODD, PARADE And More Hit The Red Carpet At The 2023 Drama League Awards

The 2023 Drama League Awards welcomes stars of the Broadway season and beyond, including Josh Groban, Annaleigh Ashford, Ben Platt, Phillipa Soo, NaTasha Yvette Williams and more! See photos from the event!

Annaleigh Ashford, SOME LIKE IT HOT, LEOPOLDSTADT & More Win 2023 Drama League Awards

Today, May 19, the best of Broadway gathers to celebrate the 89TH Annual Drama League Awards, which will be held at the Ziegfeld Ballroom. Check back to find out who will win!

Jerry Zaks Will Lead The Nation's Top Regional Theater Actors As Master Teacher For The 2023 Lunt-Fontanne Fellowship Program

Ten Chimneys Foundation has announced prominent director Jerry Zaks will serve as Master Teacher for the 2023 Lunt-Fontanne Fellowship Program, a national program to serve the future of American theater.

Demetria Joyce Bailey Named as 2023 Lunt-Fontanne Fellow

Walnut Street Theatre has announced that Demetria Joyce Bailey has been selected as one of 10 stage actors in the United States to be a 2023 Lunt-Fontanne Fellow.


Some of Broadway's great talents will once again be merging with the best of Buffalo's own actors to present a beloved hit from 1964--Jerry Herman's HELLO, DOLLY! Starring Buffalo, led by Artistic Director Drew Fornarola, has assembled a cast of nearly 50 for it's concert presentation of the classic show.


Stephen McKinley Henderson has appeared on Broadway in 8 shows.

Stephen McKinley Henderson has not appeared in the West End

Stephen McKinley Henderson has been nominated for several awards throughout his career. These include the Harold Prince Lifetime Achievement Award at the Drama Desk Awards, the Distinguished Performance Award at the Drama League Awards for his role in "Between Riverside and Crazy," and the Lifetime Achievement Award at The Lortels. He was also nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role in a Play at the Tony Awards for "Between Riverside and Crazy," as well as Outstanding Actor in a Play at the Drama Desk Awards and the Outer Critics Circle Awards for the same production. Henderson received the Performance award at the Obie Awards and was nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Play at The Lortels for "Between Riverside and Crazy." Additionally, he was nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play at the Tony Awards for "Fences" and received the Outstanding Supporting Performer, Non-Resident Production award at the Helen Hayes Awards for "King Hedley II."

Stephen McKinley Henderson has won several awards throughout his career. Some of his notable awards include the Harold Prince Lifetime Achievement Award from the Drama Desk Awards, the Lifetime Achievement Award from The Lortels, the Performance Award from the Obie Awards for his role in "Between Riverside and Crazy," and the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Play Award from The Lortels for his performance in "Between Riverside and Crazy."

Stephen McKinley Henderson's next show will be Between Riverside and Crazy which opens on 12/19/2022 on Broadway.

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