Charles S. Dutton

Charles S. Dutton

Dutton signing autographs

Born Charles Stanley Dutton
(1951-01-30) January 30, 1951
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
Nationality American
Alma mater Hagerstown Community College (AA 1976)
Towson University (BA 1978)
Yale School of Drama (MA 1983)
Occupation Actor, director
Years active 1984–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

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

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, graduating with an Associate of Arts degree in 1976. 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, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1978.

After his time at Towson, Dutton earned a master's degree in acting from the Yale School of Drama in 1983.[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 had arranged a deal with Dutton where he would 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

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



Year Title Role Notes
1985 Cat's Eye Dom
1986 No Mercy Sergeant Sandy
1988 Crocodile Dundee II Leroy Brown
1989 Jacknife Jake
1990 Q&A Detective Sam Chapman
1991 Mississippi Masala Tyrone Williams
1992 Alien 3 Dillon Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor
1992 The Distinguished Gentleman Elijah Hawkins
1993 Menace II Society Mr. Butler
1993 Rudy Fortune
1994 Surviving the Game Walter Cole
1994 Foreign Student Howlin' Wolf
1994 A Low Down Dirty Shame Sonny Rothmiller
1995 Cry, the Beloved Country John Kumalo
1995 Seven Cop Uncredited
1995 Nick of Time Huey
1996 A Time to Kill Sheriff Ozzie Walls
1996 Get on the Bus George
1997 Mimic Leonard
1998 Black Dog Ford
1999 Cookie's Fortune Willis Richland Nominated—Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male
1999 Random Hearts Alcee
2002 D-Tox FBI agent Chuck Hendricks
2003 Gothika Dr. Douglas Grey
2004 Against the Ropes Felix Reynolds
2004 Secret Window Ken Karsch
2005 The L.A. Riot Spectacular The Mayor
2007 Honeydripper Maceo
2008 The Third Nail Sydney
2008 American Violet Reverend Sanders
2008 The Express Willie Davis
2009 Fame Mr. James Dowd
2010 Legion Percy Walker
2012 Bad Ass Panther
2012 Least Among Saints George
2012 The Obama Effect John Thomas
2012 LUV Cofield
2013 The Monkey's Paw Detective Margolis
2014 Android Cop Mayor Jacobs
2014 Scooby-Doo! WrestleMania Mystery Cookie
2015 The Perfect Guy Leah's father


Year Title Role Notes
1985 Miami Vice Lieutenant Pearson Episode: "The Prodigal Son"
1985 The Equalizer Abmennet Episode: "Bump and Run"
1986 Miami Vice Ed McCain Episode: "The Good Collar"
1986 Cagney & Lacey Mr. Johnson Episode: "The Marathon"
1986 Apology Asst. District Attorney Television movie
1988 The Murder of Mary Phagan Jim Conley Television movie
1991–1994 Roc Roc Emerson 72 episodes
1993 Are You Afraid of the Dark? Captain Jonas Cutter 2 episodes
1995 The Piano Lesson Boy Willie Television 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
1995 Zooman Emmett Television movie
1996 Homicide: Life on the Street Elijah Sanborn Episode: "Prison Riot"
1998 Oz Professor Alva Case Episode: "The Tip"
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series
1998 Blind Faith Charles Williams Nominated—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
1999 Aftershock: Earthquake in New York Mayor Bruce Lincoln Television movie
1999 The 60's Reverend Willie Taylor Television movie
2000 Deadlocked Jacob Doyle Television movie
2000 For Love or Country Dizzy Gillepsie Television movie
2001 Ed Reverend Carver Episode: "Valentine's Day"
2001 The Sopranos Officer Wilmore Episode: "Another Toothpick"
2001 The Practice Leonard Marshall Episode: "Killing Time"
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series
2002 10,000 Black Men Named George Milton Webster Television movie
2002–2003 Without a Trace Chet Collins 2 episodes
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series
2003 D.C. Sniper: 23 Days of Fear Chief Charles Moose Television movie
2004 Something the Lord Made William Thomas Television movie
2005 The L Word Dr. Benjamin Bradshaw 4 episodes
2005–2006 Threshold J.T. Baylock 13 episodes
2006–2007 House Rodney Foreman 2 episodes
2007 My Name Is Earl Reggie Episode: "Get a Real Job"
2008 Racing for Time Lt. Stack Television movie
2009 CSI: NY Talmadge Neville Episode: "Greater Good"
2010 Dark Blue Walter Shell Episode: "Shell Game"
2011 Law & Order: LA Reverend Davidson Episode: "Carthay Circle"
2011 Criminal Minds Tony Cole Episode: "The Bittersweet Science"
2011 American Horror Story: Murder House Detective Granger 2 episodes
2012 The Good Wife Pastor Damon Episode: "Blue Ribbon Panel"
2012–2013 Longmire Detective Fales 5 episodes
2013 Zero Hour Father Mickle 6 episodes
2014 The Following FBI Director Tom Franklin Episode: "The Messenger"
2015 Bessie William 'Pa' Rainey Television movie


  1. Charles S. Dutton
  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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