Retired U.B. theatre professor can be seen in new film directed by Denzel Washington

Stephen McKinley Henderson appears in "Fences"
Posted at 8:27 PM, Dec 29, 2016

Sometimes actor Stephen McKinley Henderson's job is not that glamorous. Last Spring he was collecting garbage in Pittsburgh. In the movies everything isn't always what it seems. In that scene Stephen was collecting garbage with Denzel Washington, the star and director of their new film FENCES.

The movie opened Christmas Day nationwide and according to Stephen shooting the film was a "delight". "To be in Pittsburgh with that great cast, that was wonderful".

FENCES is the first August Wilson play to be turned it a movie for the big screen. Stephen did it on Broadway in 2010 with almost the same cast which included Academy Award winner Viola Davis. Stephen admits "you rarely get to do a movie of the show you did on Broadway. It was like getting the band back together, a real reunion."

The movie star has lived in Buffalo for 30 years, but since he retired from the U.B. Theatre Department he is popping up everywhere including local commercials, TV shows like Law & Order and HBO's Newsroom and movies including Lincoln, Tower Heist and Manchester By The Sea.

FENCES has been racking up great reviews and several awards from Screen Actors Guild and AARP.