The Burial cast features Jamie Foxx, Tommy Lee Jones and Jurnee Smollett. This info article contains minor spoilers and character details for Maggie Betts’ 2023 Amazon movie. Check out more streaming guides in Vague Visages’ Know the Cast section.
The Burial explores the professional relationship between a white funeral director and a wealthy Black lawyer. When Jeremiah loses financial opportunities because of a bad business deal, he tracks down an attorney who could expose wide-scale fraud. The narrative follows the main players as they overcome personal differences while seeking the same goal. Here’s every actor and character in The Burial, an adaptation of Jonathan Harr’s 1999 article.
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The Burial Cast: Jamie Foxx as Willie Gary
Character Profile: A personal injuries lawyer. He exclusively works with Black clients. Willie reflects about his humble upbringing and competitive nature.
Foxx’s Resume: Various in In Living Color (1991-94), Ray Charles in Ray (2004), Max in Collateral (2004), Django in Django Unchained (2012), Art in Project Power (2020)
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The Burial Cast: Tommy Lee Jones as Jeremiah O’Keefe
Character Profile: A 75-year-old funeral director from Biloxi, Mississippi. He is a war hero who experiences financial troubles. Jeremiah hires Willie as his lead lawyer.
Jones’ Resume: Samuel Gerard in The Fugitive (1993), Ed Tom Bell in No Country for Old Men (2007), Thaddeus Stevens in Lincoln (2012), George Briggs in The Homesman (2014), H. Clifford McBride in Ad Astra (2019)
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The Burial Cast: Jurnee Smollett as Mame Downes
Character Profile: A defense attorney. She is a Howard University and Harvard Law School graduate from Compton. Mame is known as “The Python.”
Smollett’s Resume: Eve Batiste in Eve’s Bayou (1997), Jess Merriweather in Friday Night Lights (2000-11), Nicole Wright in True Blood (2013-14), Dinah Lance/Black Canary in Birds of Prey (2020), Lizzy in Spiderhead (2022)
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The Burial Cast: Alan Ruck as Mike Allred
Character Profile: Jeremiah’s lawyer of 30 years. He specializes in contract law. Mike confronts his family’s KKK history during a trial.
Ruck’s Resume: Carl Brennan in Bad Boys (1983), Cameron Frye in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986), Stephens in Speed (1994), Stuart Bondek in Spin City (1996-2002), Connor Roy in Succession (2018-23)
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The Burial Cast: Mamoudou Athie as Hal Dockins
Character Profile: Jeremiah’s junior counsel. He is hungry for experience. Hal convinces Willie to be Jeremiah’s lawyer.
Athie’s Resume: Grandmaster Flash in The Get Down (2016-17), Matt Greer in Sorry for Your Loss (2018-19), Nolan in Black Box (2020), Rodrigo Nagenda in Underwater (2020), Dan Turner in Archive 81 (2022)
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The Burial Cast: Pamela Reed as Annette O’Keefe
Character Profile: Jeremiah’s wife. She tries to decipher his motivations. Annette is curious about Jeremiah’s obsessions.
Reed’s Resume: Trudy Cooper in The Right Stuff (1983), Det. Phoebe O’Hara in Kindergarten Cop (1990), Angela in Junior (1994), Janis Goodman in Proof of Life (2000), Roberta Deeks in NCIS: Los Angeles (2015-)
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The Burial cast also includes:
- Bill Camp as Ray Loewen
- Amanda Warren as Gloria Gary
- Dorian Missick as Reggie Douglas
- Tywayne Wheatt as Al Jones
- Lance E. Nichols as Judge Graves
- Keith Jefferson as Dashaan Harris
- B.J. Clinkscales as Chris Wakefield
- Doug Spearman as Richard Mayfield
- Gralen Bryant Banks as Walter Bell
- David Maldonado as Jim Lafont
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