As the assistant director of the FBI’s counterterrorism bureau on his hit NBC drama, The Blacklist, part of Harry Lennix’s job is to find bombs. So it’s ironic that his home in LA’s Mid-City neighborhood may have sat atop of one!
“There’s a story that during World War II, a lot of this area used to be military housing and they stored a bomb in my basement area,” Harry shares with Closer. “There’s a crawl space down there, so I believe it. It’s kind of cool!”
Harry on the set of his show The Blacklist. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
That’s not the only cool thing about Harry’s two-bedroom, three-bath, Mediterranean-style house. “The big selling point for me was that it has a view of LA you never really get,” he says of its expansive
vista. “Unless you live on the Hollywood sign — then you get a reverse view of what I have!” he adds with a laugh.
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Unlike his previous home, in nearby Silver Lake, Harry enjoys the quiet of his current surroundings. “Silver Lake wasn’t what it is now,” he says. “There were always helicopters buzzing over at 1 a.m., all kinds of crazy stuff happening.” These days, Harry gets enough drama starring in movies like the upcoming H4 and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, so coming home to this peaceful 3,187-square-foot retreat is pure bliss. “I wasn’t married when I moved here, so a view and a pool table were about all I wanted,” he shares.
Harry in NYC in May 2014. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
But the 6-foot-4 star needed a bit more space for himself. “I’m a big guy, and I really needed some openness,” he says. So in 2006, with the help of a buddy from his Chicago hometown, he converted the basement into a master bedroom with walk-in closets and a steam shower, while opening up the main level and adding windows to better enjoy the view.
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