Barry Shabaka Henley (born September 15, 1954) makes a guest appearance on Married... with Children as Charlie, one of Al and Jefferson's buddies who often frequents their favorite hangout spot, The Jiggly Room, in the Season 9 episode "The Naked and the Dead, But Mostly the Naked" One of Barry's most notable TV appearances is in the 2009 Michael Mann directed film Miami Vice as Miami-Dade Lieutenant Martin Castillo. Henley is a fixture in many films, most often the films directed by Mann,[1] having worked with the director five times.


Born Barry Joseph Henley in New Orleans, Louisiana, Barry came somewhat late to acting, with his first appearance at the age of 37 in the unsold television pilot Clippers. After several small parts on television series, Henley achieved greater recognition through his work with director Michael Mann, who cast him in Ali and Collateral (with Jamie Foxx, Tom Cruise and Bruce McGill). Henley went on to star in The Terminal before reuniting with Mann in the Miami Vice film. Since then, he has appeared in the television series Robbery Homicide Division, FlashForward and Heroes, as well as the films Life and State Of Play. He also appeared in the short-lived television series, Robbery Homicide Division and Barbershop. From 2009 to 2010, he played the recurring character of FBI Agent Vreede in FlashForward, an ABC television series. He also played Buddy in the 1998 film, How Stella Got Her Groove Back. In 1999 Henley supplied the role of Pokerface in the Eddie Murphy/Martin Lawrence film Life.

As a stage actor, Barry's honors include the Drama Desk (for his work in the 2000 play "Jitney" [2], Obie, and Olivier Awards. He was also a member of the West Coast Black Repertory Theatre and the San Francisco Mime Troupe.

In 2011, Henley appeared as the murderer in Body of Proof episode "Letting Go" and in 2012 he reunited with Michael Mann for the TV series Luck, to play the role of a parole officer. Barry's stage name, "Shabaka", is taken from a Pharaoh from Egypt's 25th dynasty, who ruled from 721-707 BC.


  1. Rybin, Steven (2007-08-30). The Cinema of Michael Mann pp. 169–. Lexington Books. Retrieved on 4 July 2012. ISBN 9780739120439.
  2. Barry Shabaka Henley at the Internet Off-Broadway Database (

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