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Brian Tyree Henry (born March 31, 1982) is an American actor. He is known for his performance on the FX series Atlanta, as well as the 2018 films Widows, If Beale Street Could Talk and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.

Brian Tyree Henry
Brian Tyree Henry May 2017.jpg
Henry at the 2017 Peabody Awards
Born (1982-03-31) March 31, 1982 (age 37)[1][2][3]
EducationMorehouse College (BA)
Yale University (MFA)
Years active2007–present


Early lifeEdit

Henry was born in Fayetteville, North Carolina and raised partly in Washington, D.C. His father was in the military, and his mother, Willow Dean Kearse, was an educator.[1][4] Henry attended Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia as a business major-turned-actor in the early 2000s, and received his master's degree from Yale School of Drama.[5]


Henry was part of the original cast of The Book of Mormon.[6] His work in Lobby Hero on Broadway earned him a nomination for the 2018 Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play.[7]

His television roles include Alfred "Paper Boi" Miles in Atlanta, for which he received a nomination for Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series, and Tavis Brown in Vice Principals. In 2017, Henry guest starred in the NBC TV series This is Us in the episode "Memphis" as Ricky, receiving a nomination for a Primetime Emmy Award.

In 2018, he was cast to star in Child's Play, a reboot of the 1988 film.[8]

Personal lifeEdit

Henry's mother, Willow Deane Kearse, died in early 2016. The Atlanta episode "Woods" was dedicated to Kearse.[9]



Year Title Role Notes
2015 Puerto Ricans in Paris Spencer
2017 Person to Person Mike
Crown Heights Massup
2018 Irreplaceable You Benji
Family Pete
Hotel Artemis Honolulu
White Boy Rick Officer Mel "Roach" Jackson
Widows Jamal Manning
If Beale Street Could Talk Daniel Carty
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Jefferson Davis (voice)
2019 Relive Garret Radcliff
Child's Play Detective Mike Norris Post-production
Joker Post-production
The Woman in the Window Detective Little Post-production
Super Intelligence Dennis Post-production
2020 Godzilla vs. Kong Post-production
TBA The Outside Story Charles Young Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2009 Law & Order Ben Episode: "Dignity"
2010 The Good Wife Randall Simmons Episode: "Double Jeopardy"
2013 Boardwalk Empire Winston aka Scrapper 2 episodes
2014 The Knick Larkin Episode: "The Busy Flea"
2016–present Atlanta Alfred "Paper Boi" Miles Series regular
Nominated – Gold Derby Award for Breakthrough Performer of the Year (2017)
Nominated – Gold Derby Award for Comedy Supporting Actor (2017)
Nominated – MTV Movie & TV Award for Best Duo (shared w/ Lakeith Stanfield) (2017)
Nominated – Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (2018)
Pending – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (2019)
2016–17 Vice Principals Dascius Brown 3 episodes
2017 How to Get Away with Murder Public Defender Episode: "Go Cry Somewhere Else"
2017 This Is Us Ricky Episode: "Memphis"
Nominated – Gold Derby Award for Drama Guest Actor
Nominated – Guild of Music Supervisors Award for Best Song/Recording Created for Television
Nominated – Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series
2017 Drop the Mic Himself Episode: "David Arquette vs. Brian Tyree Henry / Jesse Tyler Ferguson vs. Chrissy Metz"
2018 Drunk History Berry Gordy Episode: "Game Changers"
2018 BoJack Horseman Cooper Thomas Rogers Wallace, Jr. (voice) Episode: "The Amelia Earhart Story"
2018 Room 104 Arnold Episode: "Arnold"


Year Title Role Venue Notes
2007 Romeo and Juliet Tybalt Shakespeare in the Park
The Brothers Size Oshoosi The Public Theatre
2009 In The Red and Brown Water The Egungun The Public Theatre
Marcus; Or the Secret of Sweet Oshoosi Size / Terrell The Public Theatre
2011 The Book of Mormon General Eugene O'Neill Theatre
2014 The Fortress of Solitude Robert Woolfolk The Public Theatre
2018 Lobby Hero William Helen Hayes Theatre Nominated – Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play
Nominated – Drama League Award for Distinguished Performance
Nominated – Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play


  1. ^ a b c Brown, Emma (September 7, 2016). "Discovery: Brian Tyree Henry". Interview. Brant Publications. Archived from the original on September 8, 2016. Retrieved September 15, 2016.
  2. ^ Fitz-Gerald, Sean (September 6, 2016). "WHO PLAYS PAPER BOI THE RAPPER ON 'ATLANTA'?". Thrillist. Retrieved June 28, 2017.
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  4. ^ Blagrove, Kadia (20 April 2018). "Atlanta and the Unfolding of Paper Boi's Depression".
  5. ^ "How Brian Tyree Henry Became Paper Boi, Atlanta's Rising Rap Star". Vulture. Retrieved 2018-05-06.
  6. ^ "Brian Tyree Henry". Playbill. Retrieved September 15, 2016.
  7. ^ "The Tony Award Nominees - Artists - Brian Tyree Henry". Retrieved 2018-05-06.
  8. ^ N'Duka, Amanda; N'Duka, Amanda (20 September 2018). "Gabriel Bateman To Star As Andy In MGM's 'Child's Play' Remake, Joining Aubrey Plaza & Brian Tyree Henry".
  9. ^ Nguyen, Hanh (April 20, 2018). "'Atlanta' Writer on Paper Boi's Heartbreaking Loss, 'Teddy Perkins,' and Life After 'Deadpool'". IndieWire. Retrieved April 22, 2018.

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