Charles S. Dutton

Actor, Director, Producer
Though he seemed destined to spend his life going in and out of prison, actor Charles S. Dutton managed to turn himself around to become an acclaimed and award-winning performer who excelled both on stage and on screen ... Read more »
Born: 01/29/1951 in Baltimore, Maryland, USA

Filmography

Actor (105)

A Novel Romance 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

The Perfect Guy 2015 (Movie)

(Actor)

Cotton 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Longmire 2012 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Following 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Third Nail 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

LUV 2013 (Movie)

Cofield (Actor)

Zero Hour 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Bad Ass 2012 (Movie)

Panther (Actor)

Least Among Saints 2012 (Movie)

George (Actor)

The Good Wife 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Obama Effect 2012 (Movie)

(Actor)

Criminal Minds 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Law & Order: LA 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Dark Blue 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Legion 2010 (Movie)

Percy Walker (Actor)

American Violet 2009 (Movie)

Reverend Sanders (Actor)

CSI: New York 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Fame 2009 (Movie)

James Dowd (Actor)

The Express 2008 (Movie)

Willie "Pops" Davis (Actor)

Honeydripper 2007 (Movie)

Maceo Green (Actor)

House 2006 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

My Name is Earl 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Bronx Is Burning 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

L.A. Riot Spectacular 2006 (Movie)

Mayor Bradley (Actor)

Sleeper Cell 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 57th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Threshold 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The L Word 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Against the Ropes 2004 (Movie)

Felix Reynolds (Actor)

DC Sniper: 21 Days of Terror 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The 55th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The Secret Window 2004 (Movie)

Ken Karsch (Actor)

Gothika 2003 (Movie)

Dr Douglas Grey (Actor)

Without A Trace 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Ed 1990 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Roc 1990 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Practice 1990 - 1999, 2001 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Detox 2001 (Movie)

Charlie 'Chuck' Hendricks (Actor)

Lock Up/Lock Down 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Narrator

Aftershock: Earthquake in New York 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Deadlocked 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Are You Afraid of the Dark? 1990 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

Cookie's Fortune 1999 (Movie)

Willis Richland (Actor)

Homicide: Life on the Street 1990 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

Random Hearts 1999 (Movie)

Alcee (Actor)

Storytime 1993 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The 60s 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Black Dog 1998 (Movie)

Agent Ford (Actor)

Oz 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Mimic 1997 (Movie)

Leonard (Actor)

A Time to Kill 1996 (Movie)

Sheriff Ozzie Walls (Actor)

Get on the Bus 1996 (Movie)

George (Actor)

Jack Reed: A Killer Amongst Us 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Cry, the Beloved Country 1995 (Movie)

John Kumalo (Actor)

Nick of Time 1995 (Movie)

Huey (Actor)

A Low Down Dirty Shame 1994 (Movie)

Rothmiller (Actor)

Foreign Student 1994 (Movie)

Howlin' Wolf (Actor)

Overture: East Meets West in Music 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Narrator

Surviving the Game 1994 (Movie)

Cole (Actor)

The Colors of Love 1994 (Movie)

(Actor)

Menace II Society 1993 (Movie)

Mr Butler (Actor)

Mo' Funny: Black Comedy in America 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Narrator

Rudy 1993 (Movie)

Fortune (Actor)

The 19th Annual People's Choice Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The 35th Annual Grammy Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Alien3 1992 (Movie)

Dillon (Actor)

Mississippi Masala 1992 (Movie)

Tyrone (Actor)

Muhammad Ali's 50th Birthday Celebration 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The 24th Annual NAACP Image Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The 44th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The Distinguished Gentleman 1992 (Movie)

Elijah Hawkins (Actor)

The Meaning of Life 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Q&A 1990 (Movie)

Sam Chapman (Actor)

Traitor in My House 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

An Unremarkable Life 1989 (Movie)

(Actor)

Jacknife 1989 (Movie)

Jake (Actor)

Runaway 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Astonished 1988 (Movie)

(Actor)

Crocodile Dundee 2 1988 (Movie)

LeRoy Brown (Actor)

Apology 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

No Mercy 1986 (Movie)

Sergeant Savoy (Actor)

Stephen King's Cat's Eye 1985 (Movie)

Dom (Actor)

A Matter of Justice (TV Show)

Actor

Bessie (TV Show)

Actor

Blind Faith (TV Show)

Actor

Conviction (TV Show)

Actor

Deadlocked (Movie)

Jacob Doyle (Actor)

Mayday (TV Show)

Actor

Night Visitors (TV Show)

Actor

Racing For Time (TV Show)

Actor

Something the Lord Made (TV Show)

Actor

The Murder of Mary Phagan (TV Show)

Actor

The Piano Lesson (TV Show)

Actor

True Women (TV Show)

Actor

Zooman (TV Show)

Actor
Director (3)

The Obama Effect 2012 (Movie)

(Director)

Against the Ropes 2004 (Movie)

(Director)

First Time Felon (TV Show)

Director
Producer (2)

Peeples 2013 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Laurel Avenue (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Music (1)

Foreign Student 1994 (Movie)

("Evil") (Song Performer)
Writer (1)

The Obama Effect 2012 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Other (1)

The Corner (TV Show)

Executive Consultant

Biography

Though he seemed destined to spend his life going in and out of prison, actor Charles S. Dutton managed to turn himself around to become an acclaimed and award-winning performer who excelled both on stage and on screen. Dutton first won fame for his Tony-nominated performance in August Wilson's "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" (1985) while broadening his appeal with a memorable supporting turn in "Crocodile Dundee II" (1988). But it was his starring role on the sitcom "Roc" (Fox, 1991-94) that propelled him to stardom. Critically acclaimed because of its shift from sitcom to more dramatic themes, "Roc" entered television history as being the first show since the late 1950s to air an entire season live. Meanwhile, Dutton had a major supporting role in the much maligned "Alien3" (1992) before settling into a series of guest appearances and made-for-television movies following the cancelation of "Roc" in 1994. He also stepped into the director's chair to helm the widely hailed social drama, "The Corner" (HBO, 2000), a six-part miniseries that chronicled the lives of people affected by drugs and gang violence in West Baltimore. Sutton added the feature "Against the Ropes" (2004) to his directing résumé while appearing in a variety of screen projects like the independent "Honeydripper" (2007) and the special effects-laden "Legion" (2010), proving that Sutton was as versatile as he was talented.

Relationships

Barbara Dutton Technical Advisor

Sister
Recovering cocaine addict; brother hired her as consultant on HBO miniseries "The Corner" (2000)

Debbi Morgan Actor

Wife
Married Dec. 31, 1989 Divorced 1994

EDUCATION

Towson State University

Towson , Maryland 1978

Dropped out of school in the seventh grade

Yale University

New Haven , Connecticut 1978 - 1980
Met playwright August Wilson and director Lloyd Richards

Completed two-year college degree behind bars

Earned high school equivalency degree while in prison

Milestones

2013

Co-starred with Common in drama feature "LUV"

2011

Guest starred on FX miniseries "American Horror Story"

2009

Played an acting teacher in feature remake of "Fame"

2009

Co-starred with Paul Bettany and Dennis Quaid in apocalyptic thriller "Legion"

2007

Joined ensemble cast for John Sayles' "Honeydripper"

2006

Appeared on "Sleeper Cell: American Terror" as the father of undercover FBI agent Darwyn Al-Sayeed; also directed episodes; earned a nomination from the Directors Guild of America

2006

Guest starred on "House M.D." (Fox) as the father of Dr. Eric Foreman (Omar Epps)

2005

Landed recurring role on season two of Showtime's "The L Word" as Dr. Benjamin Bradshaw

2005

Co-starred on short-lived CBS science fiction series "Threshold"

2004

Directed and starred in "Against the Ropes," starring Meg Ryan as female boxing promoter Jackie Kallen

2004

Co-starred with Johnny Depp in "The Secret Window," directed by David Koepp

2003

Played memorable role on CBS's "Without A Trace"; earned Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actor

2003

Played Halle Berry's ill-fated husband in psychological thriller "Gothika"

2002

Co-starred with Andre Braugher in Showtime feature "10,000 Black Men Named George"

2002

Co-starred in Showtime true-life drama "Conviction"

2000

Portrayed jazz trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie in HBO biopic "For Love or Country: The Arturo Sandoval Story"

2000

Starred as a desperate man who holds a jury hostage in TNT movie "Deadlocked"

2000

Helmed acclaimed HBO miniseries "The Corner"

1999

Offered terrific turn as caretaker for a family of Southern eccentrics in Robert Altman directed "Cookie's Fortune"

1999

Played a civil rights advocate and minister in NBC miniseries "The '60s"

1998

Garnered praise for his turn as a righteous policeman whose son is accused of murder in "Blind Faith" (Showtime)

1998

Guest starred on HBO's prison drama "Oz" as a government official investigating a riot and murder; earned Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actor

1997

Made directorial debut with HBO film "First Time Felon"

1997

Co-starred in thriller "Mimic"

1996

Joined ensemble cast for Spike Lee's "Get on the Bus," about a group traveling to the Million Man March in Washington, DC

1996

Portrayed the local sheriff in film adaptation of John Grisham's novel "A Time to Kill"

1995

Co-starred in feature remake of "Cry, the Beloved Country"

1995

Earned critical praise for reprising his stage role in CBS adaptation of "The Piano Lesson"; earned Emmy nomination

1994

Co-starred in Keenen Ivory Wayans' "A Low Down Dirty Shame"

1993

Debuted as an executive producer on HBO's "Laurel Avenue"

1993

Delivered memorable role in "Rudy," starring Sean Astin

1992

Co-starred with Sigourney Weaver in "Alien3," directed by David Fincher

1991

Starred as a Baltimore garbageman on Fox sitcom "Roc" (his real nickname); executive produced final season (1993-94)

1991

Formed Roc Productions to develop and produce film and TV projects

1990

Starred on Broadway in August Wilson's play "The Piano Lesson"

1988

Played a killer opposite Jack Lemmon and Kevin Spacey in NBC miniseries "The Murder of Mary Phagan"

1986

Feature film debut, "No Mercy"

1984

Made professional stage acting debut in Broadway's "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom"; received Tony Award nomination

Performed stand-up comedy with partner Reg E. Cathy in New York

While incarcerated, founded theater workshops

Bonus Trivia

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At age 17, Dutton was convicted of manslaughter after stabbing a man to death in a street fight. He served seven-and-a-half year prison term at Maryland State Penitentiary.

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He returned to jail less than two years after being paroled for possession of a deadly weapon.

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"I was doing this play, 'Day of Absence' by Douglas Turner Ward. It was the first play I ever did. I directed and acted in it in prison. There were 1,500 inmates, and we did two shows, 750 guys for each. And I remember that in the middle of a speech I paused for a second and looked out in the audience, at the sea of men, and I said to myself, 'I've got these guys.' It was a real sense of power that hit me. These guys were transfixed, suspended, staring at me on a stage. It was something about the recognition of me that night that made me think that I had what it took to be an actor. I didn't know the craft, I didn't know the technique. But in looking at their eyes, I said: 'Something's going on here. I think I might have found what I was born to do.'" – Dutton quoted in The New York Times, April 19, 1990

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His nickname 'Roc' came from childhood rock fights in Baltimore. "A gang of kids would line up on one side of the street and another gang on the other side and we would throw rocks at one another. It was like a snowball fight with rocks. I tried to lead the charge with a whole handful of rocks and I would always get hit in the head. So when I was about 9 or 10, my friends started calling me Rockhead." – Dutton in The New York Times, April 19, 1990

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"Several people asked me, how did I make it? How did I change? The only formula I could think of had nothing to do the with rehabilitation. I could have learned 50,000 trades in prison and come right back out and robbed and stole and cheated. But really, the bottom line is discovering one's humanity and realizing we are only on this planet for a couple of seconds in the large scheme of things." – Dutton quoted in The Los Angeles Times, Aug. 25, 1991

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On his role in "Cookie's Fortune," Dutton told the Daily News (April 1, 1999): "I got a role on screen that's completely different from what I'm always being offered. I'm playing a guy who's totally devoid of anger, totally devoid of rage. I can be vulnerable; I can do the kind of acting that I used to do in the theater."

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