Bio: Charles S. Dutton

Published October 8, 2010

With a career spanning theater, television and film, Charles S. Dutton is one of the few actors to earn Tony, Emmy and Golden Globe nominations for the same role. Best known for his performance in the title role of the comedy-drama “Roc”, Dutton also starred in director Robert Altman's comedy-drama “Cookie's Fortune,” for which he received an Independent Spirit Award nomination. Some of Dutton's additional films include “Random Hearts,” co-starring Harrison Ford and Kristin Scott Thomas, “D-Tox,” opposite Sylvester Stallone, and “Gothika” with Halle Berry and Robert Downey Jr.

Dutton earned a B.A. from Towson State University and became active in Baltimore Theater where he performed in such plays as “The Blacks,” “The Great White Hope,” “Of Mice and Men,” “Detective Story” and the world premiere of Eugene Ionesco's “Man With Bags.” Later, he was accepted to Yale Drama School where his roles included Othello, King Lear and Baal. Also at Yale, he began working with playwright August Wilson and director Lloyd Richards, who became friends and mentors. After graduation, Dutton moved to New York City, where his relationships with Wilson and Richards led to work with the Yale Repertory Theater.

Dutton made his Broadway debut in August Wilson's “Ma Rainey's Black Bottom,” for which he received a Tony Award nomination. He also appeared in Wilson's “Joe ‘s Come and Gone” and starred in Wilson's Pulitzer Prize-winning play “The Piano Lesson,” for which he received his second Tony Award nomination. He later received both Emmy and Golden Globe Award nominations in the CBS Hallmark Hall of Fame adaptation of the play.

Making his directorial debut with “First-Time Felon,” an HBO Original Picture that garnered some of the network's highest ratings, Dutton also directed the HBO miniseries “The Corner,” hailed by critics as a work of both artistic and social importance. As an actor, Dutton has numerous credits to his impressive filmography, some of which include the critically acclaimed Showtime original feature “Blind Faith,” which earned him SAG and Independent Spirit Award nominations, the Miramax/Dimension Films' thriller “Mimic,” opposite Mira Sorvino, Spike Lee's “Get on the Bus,” “A Time to Kill,” “No Mercy,” “Jacknife,” “Crocodile Dundee II,” and “Q & A.” Dutton also starred in “Mississippi Masala,” “Alien 3,” “The Distinguished Gentleman” and “Menace II Society.”

On television, Dutton starred and executive-produced “Roc,” earning two Image Award nominations and winning the award for Lead Actor in 1993. He has also appeared in numerous made-for-TV films, including “For Love or Country: The Arturo Sandoval Story,” in which he played Dizzy Gillespie, the TNT original movie “Deadlocked,” “10,000 Black Men Named George,” “Conviction” and most recently, “D.C. Sniper: 23 Days of Fear,” in which he portrayed the real-life Chief Charles Moose.

Written by BET-Staff

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