Dennis Haysbert

Actor
An accomplished character performer who also excelled in leading roles, actor Dennis Haysbert quietly amassed a long rsum that included a wide array of television and movies that often benefited greatly from his assured ... Read more »
Born: 06/01/1954 in San Mateo, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (80)

Backstrom 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

Blue Bloods 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Experimenter 2015 (Movie)

Ossie Davis (Actor)

How Murray Saves Christmas 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Narrator

Ted 2 2015 (Movie)

Fertility Doctor (Actor)

Dear White People 2014 (Movie)

Dean Fairbanks (Actor)

Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame to Kill For 2014 (Movie)

Manute (Actor)

Life of a King 2014 (Movie)

Searcy (Actor)

Men, Women & Children 2014 (Movie)

Secretluvur (Actor)

Mr. Peabody & Sherman 2014 (Movie)

Judge (Voice)

Saravia 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Boondocks 2014 (Tv Show)

Voice

Think Like a Man Too 2014 (Movie)

Uncle Eddie (Actor)

Trophy Wife 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Welcome to the Jungle 2014 (Movie)

the Boss (Actor)

Axe Cop 2013 (Tv Show)

Voice

Battledogs 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

LUV 2013 (Movie)

Mr. Fish (Actor)

Sniper: Legacy 2013 (Movie)

(Actor)

The 44th NAACP Image Awards 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Narrator

The World According to Dick Cheney 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Narrator

The Details 2012 (Movie)

Lincoln (Actor)

Wreck-It Ralph 2012 (Movie)

Gen. Hologram (Voice)

17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Presenter

Kung Fu Panda 2 2011 (Movie)

Master Storming Ox (Voice)

24 2001 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Unit 2002 - 2003, 2005 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Breach 2007 (Movie)

Dean Plesac (Actor)

The 2007 Screen Actors Guild Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

The 38th Annual NAACP Image Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

The Color of Freedom 2007 (Movie)

Nelson Mandela (Actor)

The 58th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Empire 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Jarhead 2005 (Movie)

Major Lincoln (Actor)

Stories of the Innocence Project: A Life Stolen 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Narrator

Soul Food 2000 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The 10th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The 35th Annual NAACP Image Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

100 Years of Hope and Humor 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas 2003 (Movie)

Voice of Kale (Actor)

The 2003 Espy Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The 34th NAACP Image Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Far From Heaven 2002 (Movie)

Raymond Deagan (Actor)

The Outer Limits 1994 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Love & Basketball 2000 (Movie)

Zeke McCall (Actor)

Now and Again 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2000 Trumpet Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The New Batman/Superman Adventures 1998 - 2000 (TV Show)

Voice

What's Cooking? 2000 (Movie)

Ronald Williams (Actor)

Random Hearts 1999 (Movie)

Detective George Beaufort (Actor)

The 1999 Trumpet Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Minus Man 1999 (Movie)

Graves (Actor)

The Thirteenth Floor 1999 (Movie)

Detective Larry McBain (Actor)

How to Make the Cruelest Month 1998 (Movie)

Manhattan Parks (Actor)

Major League: Back to the Minors 1998 (Movie)

Pedro Cerrano (Actor)

StandOff 1998 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Sixth Annual Trumpet Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Absolute Power 1997 (Movie)

Tim Collin (Actor)

Widow's Kiss 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Heat 1995 (Movie)

Breedan (Actor)

Waiting to Exhale 1995 (Movie)

Kenneth (Actor)

Hallelujah 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Major League II 1994 (Movie)

Pedro Cerrano (Actor)

Suture 1994 (Movie)

Clay Arlington (Actor)

Love Field 1992 (Movie)

Paul Cater (Actor)

Mr. Baseball 1992 (Movie)

Max "Hammer" Dubois (Actor)

Just the Ten of Us 1987 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Navy Seals 1990 (Movie)

Graham (Actor)

Major League 1989 (Movie)

Pedro Cerrano (Actor)

A Summer to Remember 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Off the Rack 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

The Return of Marcus Welby, M.D. 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Code Red 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

Grambling's White Tiger (TV Show)

Actor

K-9000 (TV Show)

Actor

Queen (TV Show)

Actor

Return to Lonesome Dove (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (1)

When the Dragon Swallowed the Sun 2009 (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

An accomplished character performer who also excelled in leading roles, actor Dennis Haysbert quietly amassed a long résumé that included a wide array of television and movies that often benefited greatly from his assured presence. After getting his start as a guest star and eventually regular player on episodic television, Haysbert delivered a memorable performance as a Cuban baseball player who practices voodoo and is unable to hit a curveball in the hit comedy "Major League" (1989), a role he reprised in its two sequels. More supporting parts in big movies like "Heat" (1995) and "Absolute Power" (1997) preceded arguably his most recognized character, playing the President of the United States on the hit series "24" (Fox, 2001-2010). While on the show, Haysbert was hailed for his performance as a compassionate gardener who strikes up a too-close-for-comfort relationship with a 1950s white woman in "Far From Heaven" (2002). After leaving "24," Haysbert returned to the small screen for a starring role on "The Unit" (CBS, 2006-09), while serving as the spokesman for Allstate insurance - all of which underscored the actor's unique ability to bring a calming assurance and comfortable presence to just about any project he chose.

Relationships

Lynn Griffith Actor

Wife
Met 1987 Married 1989 Divorced 2001

Charles Haysbert

Father

Gladys Haysbert

Mother

Katherine Haysbert

Daughter
Born Sept. 9, 1994; mother, Lynn Griffith

Charles Haysbert

Son
Born Nov. 19, 1990; mother, Lynn Griffith

Adam Haysbert

Brother
Born Feb. 16, 1962

Charles Haysbert

Brother
Born June 1941 Died of bone cancer at age 33 November 1974

Lenier Haysbert

Brother
Born May 8, 1949

Stanley Haysbert

Brother
Born Feb. 17, 1953

Rita Haysbert

Sister
Born June 27, 1947

Elena Simms

Wife
Married April 13, 1980 Divorced Aug. 17, 1984

EDUCATION

American Academy of Dramatic Arts

Pasadena , California

Milestones

2013

Co-starred with Common in drama feature "LUV"

2012

Voiced General Hologram in Disney animated feature "Wreck-It Ralph"

2010

Produced documentary feature "When the Dragon Swallowed the Sun"

2009

Made directorial debut on episode of "The Unit" (CBS)

2007

Co-starred in "Breach," a thriller about FBI traitor Robert Hanssen (Chris Cooper)

2007

Portrayed Nelson Mandela in "Goodbye Bafana," a drama about Mandela's relationship with his censor officer and prison guard, based on James Gregory's book Goodbye Bafana: Nelson Mandela, My Prisoner, My Friend

2006

Cast as Jonas Blane on CBS special forces drama "The Unit," created by David Mamet

2005

Cast opposite Jake Gyllenhaal in war drama "Jarhead," directed by Sam Mendes

2002

Co-starred with Julianne Moore in Todd Haynes directed "Far from Heaven"

2001

Played U.S. senator-turned-president David Palmer on Fox action drama "24"; earned Golden Globe (2002) nomination for Best Supporting Actor

2001

Guest starred on Showtime drama "Soul Food"

2000

Played an unfaithful husband in independent features "Love & Basketball" and "What's Cooking?"

1999

Co-starred in CBS drama series "Now and Again"

1999

Played supporting role as a police detective in virtual reality thriller "The Thirteenth Floor"

1998

Lent his voice to animated series "The New Batman/Superman Adventures" (The WB)

1997

Acted in political suspense yarn "Absolute Power"

1995

Featured in "Heat" and "Waiting to Exhale"

1993

Played supporting roles in CBS miniseries "Queen" and "Return to Lonesome Dove"

1992

Featured in sports comedy "Mr. Baseball"

1990

First feature lead role, "Love Field"; reportedly hired after Denzel Washington turned down role and Eriq LaSalle was fired during shooting; film not released until 1992 due to Orion Pictures' financial problems

1990

Acted in adventure drama "Navy Seals"

1989

Feature film debut, "Major League"; reprised role in 1994 and 1998 sequels

1988

Played recurring role of Coach Duane Johnson on "Growing Pains" spin-off "Just the Ten of Us" (ABC)

1985

Landed guest role on ABC sitcom "Growing Pains"

1984

Featured on ABC sitcom "Off the Rack"

1984

Played Dr Hoover Beaumont on failed pilot (aired as ABC TV movie) "The Return of Marcus Welby, M.D."

1981

Played recurring role on "Buck Rogers in the 25th Century" (NBC)

1981

Cast as regular on ABC drama series "Code Red"

1981

TV movie debut, "Grambling's White Tiger" (NBC)

1979

Made professional acting debut as guest star on an episode of CBS drama "Lou Grant"

Bonus Trivia

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"Love Field" producer Midge Sanford on casting Haysbert: "We felt we needed someone who had a certain maturity. With Dennis, there's a sense he's lived a life." – quoted in The New York Times, Feb. 7, 1993

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"He has a towering presence, and it's not because he's tall." – "Heat" director Michael Mann on Haysbert, quoted in People, March 17, 1997

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