Charles S. Dutton

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Charles S. Dutton
Dutton signing autographs
BornCharles Stanley Dutton
(1951-01-30) January 30, 1951 (age 63)
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
OccupationActor, director
Years active1984–present
Spouse(s)Debbi Morgan (m. 1989–94)
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Charles S. Dutton
Dutton signing autographs
BornCharles Stanley Dutton
(1951-01-30) January 30, 1951 (age 63)
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
OccupationActor, director
Years active1984–present
Spouse(s)Debbi Morgan (m. 1989–94)

Charles Stanley Dutton (born January 30, 1951) is an American stage, film, and television actor and director, best known for his roles as "Fortune" in the film Rudy, "Dillon" in Alien 3, and the title role in the television sitcom Roc (1991–1994).

Early life and education[edit]

Dutton was born January 30, 1951, on the East side of Baltimore, Maryland. His father was a truck driver.

In his youth, Dutton dropped out of school before finishing middle school. He had a short-lived stint as an amateur boxer with the nickname "Roc." When he was 17, he got into a fight which resulted in the death of a man Dutton claimed had attacked him. Dutton was charged and convicted of manslaughter, and he spent the next seven years in prison. Several months after being released from prison, Dutton was arrested for possession of a deadly weapon, and was sentenced to three years in prison.

Prison conviction[edit]

Several months into his second prison term, Dutton was sentenced to six days of solitary confinement, which allowed prisoners to take one book. By accident, he grabbed an anthology of black playwrights. He enjoyed the plays so much that, upon his release from confinement, he petitioned the warden to start a drama group for the Christmas talent show. The warden agreed on the condition that Dutton go back to school and get his GED. Dutton accomplished that and went on to eventually complete a two-year college program at Hagerstown Junior College (now Hagerstown Community College) in Hagerstown, Maryland. Upon his release, he enrolled as a drama major at Towson State University (now known as Towson University) in the Baltimore suburb of Towson, Maryland.

After his time at Towson, Dutton earned a master's degree in acting from the Yale School of Drama.[1]


In 1984, Dutton made his Broadway debut in August Wilson's Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, winning a Theatre World Award and a Tony Award nomination for Best Actor. In 1988, Dutton played a killer in the television miniseries The Murder of Mary Phagan opposite Jack Lemmon and Kevin Spacey. 1990 brought him a second Best Actor Tony nomination for his role in another Wilson play, The Piano Lesson. From 1991-1994, he starred in the Fox television series Roc. Dutton co-starred in Alien 3, the debut film of director David Fincher, then co-starred in 1993's Rudy. Other films he has appeared in include Get on the Bus; A Time to Kill; Cookie's Fortune; Crocodile Dundee II; Cry, the Beloved Country; Menace II Society; and Secret Window.

Dutton won Outstanding Guest Actor Emmy Awards in 2002 and 2003 for his roles in The Practice and Without a Trace. He was previously nominated in 1999, for his guest-starring role as Alvah Case in the HBO prison drama Oz in its second season premiere episode. For this role, he was also nominated for an NAACP Image Award. Also in 1999, he starred in an ensemble cast in Aftershock: Earthquake in New York in which he played the Mayor of New York City. Dutton gained acclaim for his comedy show Roc shown on FOX television (but produced by HBO) from 1991–1994, especially mid-run when the show was broadcast live. His work in this role won him an NAACP Image Award. He co-starred in the popular but short-lived 2005 CBS science fiction series, Threshold.

In 2000, Dutton directed the HBO miniseries The Corner. The miniseries was close to his heart for Dutton grew up on the streets of East Baltimore. It was adapted from The Corner: A Year in the Life of an Inner-City Neighborhood (Broadway Books, 1997) by David Simon (a reporter for the Baltimore Sun) and Ed Burns (a retired Baltimore homicide detective). The Corner won several Emmys in 2000, including Best Miniseries. Dutton won for his direction of the miniseries. He worked with Simon previously in a 1996 episode of Homicide: Life on the Street.

He starred as Montgomery County, Maryland Police Chief Charles Moose in the 2003 made-for-TV movie D.C. Sniper: 23 Days of Fear, and appears in Season 2 of The L Word. Dutton also appeared in "Another Toothpick," an episode of The Sopranos. He guest starred on House M.D. as the father of Doctor Eric Foreman (Omar Epps) and on Sleeper Cell: American Terror as the father of undercover FBI agent Darwyn Al-Sayeed. He also directed two episodes of Sleeper Cell.

On October 9, 2007, HBO announced that it has arranged a deal with Dutton where he will develop, direct and star in series and movies for the network.[2] He also appeared in the 2007 film Honeydripper.

On February 14, 2013 Dutton returned to TV in Zero Hour playing the role of a priest.

In 2013, Dutton played Detective Margolis in the horror film The Monkey's Paw.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Dutton owns a farm in Ellicott City, Maryland. He was married to actress Debbi Morgan in 1989, but the couple divorced in 1994.



1985Cat's EyeDom
1986No MercySergeant Sandy
1986ApologyAsst. District AttorneyTelevision movie
1988The Murder of Mary PhaganJim ConleyTelevision movie
1988Crocodile Dundee IILeroy Brown
1990Q&ADetective Sam Chapman
1991Mississippi MasalaTyrone Williams
1992Alien 3DillonNominated—Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor
1992The Distinguished GentlemanElijah Hawkins
1993Menace II SocietyMr. Butler
1994Surviving the GameWalter Cole
1994A Low Down Dirty ShameRoth Miller
1995The Piano LessonBoy WillieTelevision movie
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
1995ZoomanEmmettTelevision movie
1995Cry, the Beloved CountryJohn Kumalo
1995Nick of TimeHuey
1996A Time to KillSheriff Ozzie Walls
1996Get on the BusGeorge
1998Black DogFord
1998Blind FaithCharles WilliamsNominated—Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie
1999Cookie's FortuneWillis RichlandNominated—Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male
1999Random HeartsAlcee
1999Aftershock: Earthquake in New YorkMayor Bruce LincolnTelevision movie
1999The 60'sReverend Willie TaylorTelevision movie
2000DeadlockedJacob DoyleTelevision movie
2000For Love or CountryDizzy GillepsieTelevision movie
2003D.C. Sniper: 23 Days of FearChief Charles MooseTelevision movie
2003GothikaDr. Douglas Grey
2004Against the RopesFelix Reynolds
2004Secret WindowKen Karsch
2004Something the Lord MadeWilliam ThomasTelevision movie
2005The L.A. Riot SpectacularThe Mayor
2008The Third NailSydney
2008Racing for TimeLt. StackTelevision movie
2008American VioletReverend Sanders
2008The ExpressWillie Davis
2009FameMr. James Dowd
2010LegionPercy Walker
2012Bad AssPanther
2012Least Among SaintsGeorge
2012The Obama EffectJohn Thomas
2013The Monkey's PawDetective Margolis
2014Android CopMayor Jacobs
2015Midnight RiderFilming
2015The Perfect GuyFilming


1985Miami ViceLieutenant PearsonEpisode: "The Prodigal Son"
1985The EqualizerAbmennetEpisode: "Bump and Run"
1986Miami ViceEd McCainEpisode: "The Good Collar"
1986Cagney & LaceyMr. JohnsonEpisode: "The Marathon"
1991–1994RocRoc Emerson72 episodes
1993Are You Afraid of the Dark?Captain Jonas Cutter2 episodes
1996Homicide: Life on the StreetElijah SanbornEpisode: "Prison Riot"
1998OzProfessor Alva CaseEpisode: "The Tip"
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series
2001EdReverend CarverEpisode: "Valentine's Day"
2001The SopranosOfficer WilmoreEpisode: "Another Toothpick"
2001The PracticeLeonard MarshallEpisode: "Killing Time"
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series
2002–2003Without a TraceChet Collins2 episodes
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series
2005The L WordDr. Benjamin Bradshaw4 episodes
2005–2006ThresholdJ.T. Baylock13 episodes
2006–2007HouseRodney Foreman2 episodes
2007My Name Is EarlReggieEpisode: "Get a Real Job"
2009CSI: NYTalmadge NevilleEpisode: "Greater Good"
2010Dark BlueWalter ShellEpisode: "Shell Game"
2011Law & Order: LAReverend DavidsonEpisode: "Carthay Circle"
2011Criminal MindsTony ColeEpisode: "The Bittersweet Science"
2011American Horror Story: Murder HouseDetective Granger2 episodes
2012The Good WifePastor DamonEpisode: "Blue Ribbon Panel"
2012–2013LongmireDetective Fales5 episodes
2013Zero HourFather Mickle6 episodes
2014The FollowingFBI Director Tom FranklinEpisode: "The Messenger"


  1. ^ "Charles S. Dutton" at Allmovie
  2. ^ Michael Schneider (2007-10-10). "Dutton back in biz at HBO". Daily Variety. p. 4. 
  3. ^ "Cast | Monkey's Paw". Retrieved 2014-03-24. 

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