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Dorian Harewood

Born: 06 August 1950 (69 years old)
Gender: Male

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Dorian Harewood has had his dreams come true several times in his singing and acting career.

He has sung on the same bill with the legendary Four Tops on a sold-out tour of Europe. He has had the opportunity to vocally jam on stage with Stevie Wonder in the gospel production, Mama Don't.

And he has had the distinct honour of performing on the largest and most prestigious stage in Las Vegas: the Las Vegas Hilton, with Gladys Knight.

In the world of television, Dorian holds the unique distinction of having portrayed the two largest roles in the most widely seen network and non-network mini-series in the history of television.

In the role of Simon Haley (father of the author Alex Haley) in Roots: The Next Generations, the three-time NAACP Image Award winner aged from 17 to 70 years old, creating the largest role in the combined 26 hours of Roots I and II.

And he is probably most recognised from his award-winning portrayal of 1936 Olympic champion and American hero Jesse Owens, in The Jesse Owens Story.

Dorian has starred in several television series, including Seventh Heaven, Viper, The Trials of Rosie O'Neill, Strike Force, Trauma Center, The Hoop Life, Glitter and I'll Fly Away, for which he won the NAACP Image Award for Best Actor in a Dramatic Series.

He also starred in Walter & Henry, The Triangle for TNT, The Last Debate and The Jimi Hendrix Story.

He was the voice of baseball's Hall of Fame slugger Hank Aaron in the Academy Award nominated documentary Hank Aaron: Chasing the Dream, narrated the 4 hour A&E special Christianity: The Second Millenium and has starred in numerous television movies and series guest appearances, including Siege, Foster and Laurie, High Ice, God Bless the Child, China Beach, Matlock, Murder She Wrote, the Disney musicals Polly and Polly: One More Time and the CBS kidnap thriller The Cradle Will Fall.

Dorian's feature film credits include Stanley Kubrick's Full Metal Jacket, Sudden Death with Jean-Claude Van Damme, Against All Odds, Sparkle, The Falcon and the Snowman, Pacific Heights, Looker, Archibald the Rainbow Painter, Sudden Impact and Tank.

He starred in the prestigious remake of the 1957 Academy Award nominated MGM classic Twelve Angry Men, directed by Academy Award winner William Friedkin and starring Academy Award winners George C. Scott and Jack Lemmon, and appears in Mariah Carey's feature film debut, All That Glitters.

In the world of live theatre, Dorian has performed before Broadway theatre audiences as well as live theatre audiences across America, having starred in the Tony Award-winning musicals Kiss of the Spider Woman, Two Gentlemen of Verona, Jesus Christ Superstar, Over Here with the Andrew Sisters, The Pajama Game and Crumbs From The Table Of Joy, for which he won his third NAACP Image Award.

He has also starred in the Broadway dramas Streamers directed by Mike Nichols, Don't Call Back, The Mighty Gents and the fateful musical Miss Moffat, opposite the late Bette Davis, the woman responsible for his decision to become an actor.


Television Roles

Show

Character

Rev. Morgan Hamilton

Rev. Morgan Hamilton

Rev. Morgan Hamilton

Rev. Morgan Hamilton

Rev. Morgan Hamilton

Major Melvin P. Otis

Larry Shelton

Larry Shelton

Jake Riley

Lou Daniels

CIA Special Agent

CIA Contact

Randall Jones

Duncan Stinson

Guest Star

Thoran

Dr. Boyd Sherman

Jerry Cochran/Dr. Cochran

Pineapple Pokopo

Pineapple Pokopo

Pineapple Pokopo

Judge Wentworth Borden

Julian Wilkes (Season 1)

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Two episodes air a week as two women stand by side-by-side for freedom and equality.


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A member of the production tested positive on Tuesday (2 June).

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