Stephen McKinley Henderson - Biography

Last Modified: Nov 10, 2022

Stephen McKinley Henderson
Profession: Actor
Best Known For: Lady Bird (film), Fences (film)
Salary: Under Review
Net Worth: $3 million

Personal Details

Born on : August 31, 1949 (age 74)
Birth Name /
Full Name:
Stephen McKinley Henderson
Birth Place: Kansas City, Missouri, USA
Horoscope: Virgo
Father's Name: Elihue Henderson
Mother's Name: Ruby Naomi Henderson
Siblings: 1

Ronald Eugene (older brother)

High School: Sumner High School
University: North Carolina School of the Arts, Purdue University
Ethnicity: Multi-ethnic (African-American, Irish, Chinese)
Nationality: American


Sexual Orientation: Straight
Marital Status: Married
Married Date: April 22, 1978
Wife's Name: Pamela Reed Henderson

Body Measurements

Height: 1.69 meter (5 feet 7 inch)
Weight: N/A
Hair Color: White
Eye Color: Dark Brown
Shoe Size: N/A
Bicep Size: N/A
Chest Size: N/A
Waist Size: N/A

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Who is Stephen McKinley Henderson?

Stephen McKinley Henderson is an actor well known for his stage work. He has also starred in numerous TV series as well as films including New Amsterdam, Law & Order, Dune, Lady Bird, Fences, etc.

Stephen McKinley Henderson, Denzel Washington (Image: Nytimes)

Stephen McKinley Henderson – Age, Parents, Siblings

Stephen McKinley Henderson’s birth took place on August 31, 1949, in Kansas City, Missouri, USA. He was born to his mother Ruby Naomi and his father Elihue Henderson. He has an older brother Ronald Eugene, who was deaf and passed away in 1999. 

Education, Ethnicity

For education, Stephen McKinley Henderson attended Sumner High School. After graduation, he studied for a year at Lincoln University and was part of Group 1 at the Juilliard School Drama Division. He transferred to the North Carolina School of the Arts from where he earned a BFA in Acting in 1972. Henderson later enrolled at Purdue University where he received his Master of Arts in Theatre in 1977.

His ethnicity includes African-American, Irish, and Chinese.

Stephen McKinley Henderson – Girlfriend, Wife, Children

Stephen McKinley Henderson married his longtime girlfriend Pamela Reed on 22 April 1978. He and his wife, who took his last name, have no children together. They are currently happily married.

Stephen McKinley and Pamela Reed Henderson (Image: broadway)

Stephen McKinley Henderson – Career

Stage work

Comparatively, Henderson is better known for his stage work. Some of the plays in which he has acted include Between Riverside and Crazy, Fences, etc.

Films, Series

Stephen McKinley Henderson made his TV debut in 1979 in the film A Pleasure Doing Business. This was followed by minor roles in the film Marie (1985). After more than a decade of staying off the TV, he made his comeback with the recurring role of Judge Marc Kramer in the TV series Law & Order (1995-2010).

Over the years he has had guest appearances in the TV series New Amsterdam (2008), The Newsroom (2012), Strangers (2018), Proven Innocent (2019), Wu-Tang: An American Saga (2019), etc. He has also starred in the films Tower Heist (2011), Manchester by the Sea (2016), Fences (2016), Lady Bird (2017), Dune (2020), Red, White and Water (2020), and Bruised.


On the set of Dune, Stephen McKinley Henderson has worked alongside David Dastmalchian, Chang Chen, and Sharon Duncan-Brewster. 

Stephen McKinley Henderson, Beanie Feldstein in Lady Bird (Image: Twitter)

Stephen McKinley Henderson – Awards, Nominations

Henderson won the 2015 Obie Award for Best Actor, the 2000 Los Angeles Stage Alliance Ovation Award, the 2000 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award, and received a Tony Award nomination as a supporting actor in 2010 as well was nominated for a 1982 Joseph Jefferson Award for Actor in a Principal Role.

Stephen McKinley Henderson – Net Worth, Salary

The net worth of Henderson is estimated to be around $3 million but the figure on his annual salary is yet to be estimated.

Stephen McKinley Henderson – Instagram, Twitter, Facebook

On social media sites such as Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, Stephen McKinley Henderson is absent.

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