Francois Battiste

Actor Biography

Francois Battiste is an award-winning actor known for his work in theater, television and film. A founding member of The Collective Theatre Co. in Chicago, Battiste has honed his craft on Broadway and in regional theaters across the country, including Williamstown, Sundance, Chicago Shakespeare, The Goodman, Victory Gardens and Lookingglass. A talented and versatile actor, he is equally at home in the theater, on television and on film.

Battiste's television credits include ABC's The Family; HBO's The Normal Heart, starring Mark Ruffalo; CBS's Person of Interest; TBS's Are We There Yet?; and CBS's The Good Wife. His film credits include Men in Black 3, starring Will Smith; A Long Walk; Delivering the Goods, starring Dominic Fumusa; 5150; You Bury Your Own; and One Week.

Battiste played the role of Malcolm X in the Donmar Warehouse's One Night in Miami. Prior to that role, Battiste received an OBIE Award and a Lortel Nomination for his performance in The Public Theatre's The Good Negro. Battiste has frequented the Broadway stage, performing in Bronx Bombers, Prelude to a Kiss and Magic/Bird. Other theater credits include Detroit '67, Broke-ology, The Merchant of Venice, The Winter's Tale, 10 Things to Do Before I Die, Williamstown, Sundance, Chicago Shakespeare, The Goodman, Victory Gardens and Lookingglass.

Battiste received his B.S. from Illinois State University and professional training at the British American Drama Academy at Oxford and The Juilliard School.