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Also Known As: Dennis Dexter Haysbert Died:
Born: June 2, 1954 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: San Mateo, California, USA Profession: actor

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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...

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.

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 Battledogs (2013)
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 Life of a King (2013)
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 Wreck-It Ralph (2012)
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 LUV (2012)
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1979:
Made professional acting debut as guest star on an episode of CBS drama "Lou Grant"
1981:
Played recurring role on "Buck Rogers in the 25th Century" (NBC)
1981:
TV movie debut, "Grambling's White Tiger" (NBC)
1981:
Cast as regular on ABC drama series "Code Red"
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."
1985:
Landed guest role on ABC sitcom "Growing Pains"
1988:
Played recurring role of Coach Duane Johnson on "Growing Pains" spin-off "Just the Ten of Us" (ABC)
1989:
Feature film debut, "Major League"; reprised role in 1994 and 1998 sequels
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"
1992:
Featured in sports comedy "Mr. Baseball"
1993:
Played supporting roles in CBS miniseries "Queen" and "Return to Lonesome Dove"
1995:
Featured in "Heat" and "Waiting to Exhale"
1997:
Acted in political suspense yarn "Absolute Power"
1998:
Lent his voice to animated series "The New Batman/Superman Adventures" (The WB)
1999:
Played supporting role as a police detective in virtual reality thriller "The Thirteenth Floor"
1999:
Co-starred in CBS drama series "Now and Again"
2000:
Played an unfaithful husband in independent features "Love & Basketball" and "What's Cooking?"
2001:
Guest starred on Showtime drama "Soul Food"
2001:
Played U.S. senator-turned-president David Palmer on Fox action drama "24"; earned Golden Globe (2002) nomination for Best Supporting Actor
2002:
Co-starred with Julianne Moore in Todd Haynes directed "Far from Heaven"
2005:
Cast opposite Jake Gyllenhaal in war drama "Jarhead," directed by Sam Mendes
2006:
Cast as Jonas Blane on CBS special forces drama "The Unit," created by David Mamet
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 <i>Goodbye Bafana: Nelson Mandela, My Prisoner, My Friend</i>
2009:
Made directorial debut on episode of "The Unit" (CBS)
2010:
Produced documentary feature "When the Dragon Swallowed the Sun"
2012:
Voiced General Hologram in Disney animated feature "Wreck-It Ralph"
2013:
Co-starred with Common in drama feature "LUV"
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Education

American Academy of Dramatic Arts: Pasadena , California -

Notes

"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, February 7, 1993.

Michael Mann, who directed Haysbert in "Heat" on the actor: "He has a towering presence -- and it's not because he's tall." --qutoed in People, March 17, 1997.

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wife:
Lynn Haysbert. Actor. Met in 1987; married c. 1989.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Charles Haysbert. Sheriff's deputy.
mother:
Gladys Haysbert.
brother:
Charles Haysbert Jr. Born in June 1941; died at age 33 of bone cancer in November 1974.
sister:
Rita Alice Haysbert. Born on June 27, 1947.
brother:
Lenier Garnet Haysbert. Born on May 8, 1949.
brother:
Stanley Hershel Haysbert. Born on February 17, 1953.
brother:
Adam H Haysbert. Born on February 16, 1962.
son:
Charles Cameron Haysbert. Born on November 19, 1990.
daughter:
Katherine Camille Haysbert. Born on September 9, 1994.
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