Hollywood actor Don Cheadle started acting in the 1980s with his first notable role in the 1987 film Hamburger Hill. In the ’90s, he gained notice for his performances in the movies Devil in a Blue Dress, Volcano, Boogie Nights, and Out of Sight. He later played Sammy Davis Jr. in the movie The Rat Pack. In the 2000s, he had notable works in the feature films Traffic, Mission to Mars, Manic, Swordfish, and The United States of Leland. He later played Basher Tarr in Ocean’s Twelve, followed by roles in After the Sunset and The Assassination of Richard Nixon.
His portrayal of Paul Rusesabagina in the movie Hotel Rwanda earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor. He next starred in the ensemble Best Picture winner film Crash and reprised his role as Basher in Ocean’s Thirteen. In the 2010s, he became best known for his role as James “Rhodey” Rhodes / War Machine in Iron Man 2. He reprised his role in Iron Man 3, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Captain America: Civil War, and Avengers: Infinity War. He also portrayed Miles Davis in the music film Miles Ahead, which he also directed, wrote, and produced. On television, he starred as Roland Wilson on The Golden Palace and as Marty Kaan on the Showtime series House of Lies.
For his latest role as the War Machine in the Marvel Cinematic Universe films, the Academy Award-nominated actor knew he had to up his physical training. Basically, that’s required in all superhero movies. In an interview with WebMD, he got candid about his regimen. When asked how he prepared for the part, he said: “You do have to get in shape for superhero movies, but I was lucky. I’ve had a lot of roles that I had to hit the gym for, so I already knew my way around the weights.” As for his regular workout routine, he said: “I have no groundbreaking moves that I do. I bike, I use free weights, I do Pilates, and I use a reformer.”