Charles S. Dutton

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Charles Stanley Dutton

(1951-01-30) January 30, 1951 (age 72)
Years active1984–2015
(m. 1989;div. 1994)

Charles Stanley Dutton (born January 30, 1951) is an American retired actor and director. He is best known for his roles in the television series Roc (1991–1994) and the television film The Piano Lesson (1995), the latter of which earned him a Golden Globe Award nomination. His other accolades include three Primetime Emmy Awards and three NAACP Image Awards.


Dutton has also appeared in many feature films such as Alien 3 (1992), Rudy (1993), Menace II Society (1993), A Time to Kill (1996), Cookie's Fortune (1999), and Gothika (2003).

Early life

Dutton was born January 30, 1951, on the east side of Baltimore, Maryland. His father was a truck driver and his parents divorced when he was four. [1] He grew up in Baltimore's Latrobe Homes public housing project. [2] 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", a nickname derived from "Rockhead", due to rock throwing battles which took place during Dutton's childhood. [3]

In 1967, when he was 16, [4] Dutton got into a fight that resulted in the death of a man Dutton claimed had attacked him with a knife. [5]

Prison convictions, discovering acting, and education

After the knife fight, Dutton pleaded guilty in 1967 to manslaughter and was sentenced to five years in prison, which he began serving at the Maryland House of Correction in Jessup, Maryland. Out on parole after 18 or 20 months, [notes 1] he was arrested on robbery and handgun charges. [6] He was sentenced on the handgun violation and sent to the Maryland Penitentiary, near his boyhood home, for three more years. [7] A fight with a guard added on another eight years. [8] In reference to this, Dutton later said, "I got three years for killing a black man and eight for punching a white man." [9]

During his prison term, Dutton was stabbed by another prisoner and nearly died. He became interested in radical movements and the Black Panther Party. [10] [11]

Several months into his second prison term, Dutton was sentenced to six days of solitary confinement for refusing to clean toilets. [12] Prisoners were allowed to take one book and, unintentionally, he grabbed an anthology of black playwrights. He enjoyed the book so much that upon release from solitary he petitioned the warden to start a drama group for the winter talent show. The warden agreed on the condition that Dutton go back to school and get his GED. Dutton accomplished that and eventually completed 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.

Dutton was paroled on August 20, 1976. [5] [13] [14] After his release from prison, he enrolled as a drama major at Towson State University (now Towson University) in the Baltimore suburb of Towson, Maryland, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1978. [15] After his time at Towson, Dutton earned a master's degree in acting from the Yale School of Drama in 1983. [16]

Acting career

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 Leroy Brown in Crocodile Dundee II and a killer in the television miniseries The Murder of Mary Phagan opposite Jack Lemmon and Kevin Spacey. In 1990, Dutton earned a second Best Actor Tony nomination for his role in another Wilson play, The Piano Lesson . 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 ; Cry, the Beloved Country ; Surviving the Game ; Menace II Society ; Secret Window ; and A Low Down Dirty Shame .

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 to 1994. 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 appeared 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 Dr 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. [17] 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 . [18]


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


1985 Miami Vice Lieutenant PearsonEpisode: "The Prodigal Son"
1985 The Equalizer AbmennetEpisode: "Bump and Run"
1986 Miami Vice Ed McCainEpisode: "The Good Collar"
1986 Cagney & Lacey Mr. JohnsonEpisode: "The Marathon"
1986 Apology Asst. District AttorneyTelevision movie
1988 The Murder of Mary Phagan Jim ConleyTelevision movie
1991–1994 Roc Roc Emerson72 episodes
1993 Are You Afraid of the Dark? Captain Jonas Cutter2 episodes
1995 The Piano Lesson Boy 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
1996 Homicide: Life on the Street Elijah SanbornEpisode: "Prison Riot"
1998 Oz Professor Alva CaseEpisode: "The Tip"
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series
1998 Blind Faith Charles 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
1999 Aftershock: Earthquake in New York Mayor Bruce LincolnTelevision movie
1999The 60'sReverend Willie TaylorTelevision movie
2000DeadlockedJacob DoyleTelevision movie
2000 For Love or Country Dizzy Gillespie Television movie
2000 The Corner N/ATelevision movie
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Director for a Movie
2001 Ed Reverend CarverEpisode: "Valentine's Day"
2001 The Sopranos Officer WilmoreEpisode: "Another Toothpick"
2001 The Practice Leonard MarshallEpisode: "Killing Time"
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series
2002 10,000 Black Men Named George Milton WebsterTelevision movie
2002–2003 Without a Trace Chet Collins2 episodes
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series
2003 D.C. Sniper: 23 Days of Fear Chief Charles MooseTelevision movie
2004 Something the Lord Made William ThomasTelevision movie
2005 Mayday Admiral Randolf HenningsTelevision movie
2005 The L Word Dr. Benjamin Bradshaw4 episodes
2005–2006 Threshold J.T. Baylock13 episodes
2006–2007 House Rodney Foreman 2 episodes
2007 My Name Is Earl ReggieEpisode: "Get a Real Job"
2008 Racing for Time Lt. StackTelevision movie
2009 CSI: NY Talmadge NevilleEpisode: "Greater Good"
2010 Dark Blue Walter ShellEpisode: "Shell Game"
2011 Law & Order: LA Reverend DavidsonEpisode: "Carthay Circle"
2011 Criminal Minds Tony ColeEpisode: "The Bittersweet Science"
2011 American Horror Story: Murder House Detective Granger2 episodes
2012 The Good Wife Pastor DamonEpisode: "Blue Ribbon Panel"
2012–2014 Longmire Detective Fales6 episodes
2013 Zero Hour Father Mickle6 episodes
2014 The Following FBI Director Tom FranklinEpisode: "The Messenger"
2015 Bessie William 'Pa' RaineyTelevision movie


  1. Some sources say 18 months, others like the 2000 Farhi article state 20 months.

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  1. Farhi, Paul (April 12, 2000). "Drama and Deliverance". The Washington Post. Retrieved October 20, 2019. Dutton's parents divorced when he was 4. He was raised by his mother, who cleaned houses and proudly refused to accept welfare to feed her three children.
  2. "BRIEF OF FORMER JUVENILE OFFENDERS CHARLES S. DUTTON, FORMER SEN. ALAN K. SIMPSON, R. DWAYNE BETTS, LUIS RODRIGUEZ, TERRY K. RAY, T.J. PARSELL, AND ISHMAEL BEAH AS AMICI CURIAE IN SUPPORT OF PETITIONERS" (PDF). July 23, 2009. p. 8. Dutton grew up in the Latrobe Homes housing projects in Baltimore. His childhood bedroom overlooked the Maryland Penitentiary, an imposing and dark gothic structure built in the early 1800s.
  3. Hawkins, Theresa (August 14, 1990). "CHARLES S. DUTTON". Instead of snowball battles in my neighborhood, we used to have rock fights. We'd make little forts out of cardboard and trash cans, and throw rocks at each other on the other side of the street. Once your fort was knocked down, you had to go out and charge the other guys with a handful of rocks. I used to lead the charge, and I'd get hit badly. At least twice a month I'd get my head busted and they started calling me 'Rockhead.' Then I used to box for a while, and they took the 'head' off, and just called me 'Roc.' People still call me 'Roc.'
  4. Farhi, Paul (April 12, 2000). "Drama and Deliverance". The Washington Post. Retrieved October 20, 2019. In 1967, at age 16, he got into a street fight with a man in his twenties. He stabbed the man repeatedly. The man bled to death, and Dutton was sentenced to five years at the state prison in Jessup for manslaughter.
  5. 1 2 Scott, Janny (June 11, 2000). "Who Gets to Tell a Black Story?". The New York Times. Retrieved October 20, 2019. What had saved Charles Dutton was prison. He dropped out of school at 12 and pleaded guilty to manslaughter at 17, after stabbing a black man who had pulled a knife on him in a fight. He served two years. Then he was sent back for weapons possession, fought with a white guard, and ended up serving another seven and a half.
  6. Farhi, Paul (April 12, 2000). "Drama and Deliverance". The Washington Post. Retrieved October 20, 2019. Not long after being released, he was arrested again, on robbery and weapons charges. A conviction on the latter count earned him a three-year sentence in the Maryland State Pen, the institution that stood outside his old bedroom window.
  7. "BRIEF OF FORMER JUVENILE OFFENDERS CHARLES S. DUTTON, FORMER SEN. ALAN K. SIMPSON, R. DWAYNE BETTS, LUIS RODRIGUEZ, TERRY K. RAY, T.J. PARSELL, AND ISHMAEL BEAH AS AMICI CURIAE IN SUPPORT OF PETITIONERS" (PDF). July 23, 2009. p. 9. When he was seventeen, Dutton was involved in a street fight that escalated into a knife fight. He and his assailant stabbed each other. Only Dutton survived. He was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to five years of imprisonment. Dutton was out on parole for only a few months when he returned to prison for possession of a deadly weapon (a handgun). When a prison riot broke out, Dutton participated and punched a guard. He was sentenced to an additional eight years of imprisonment. "I knew what I was doing," he says. "For a long time I didn't want to hear anything positive. I just wanted to know when we were going to burn down the prison."
  8. Loynd, Ray (January 18, 1990). "Charles Dutton Not a Prisoner of His Past: Stage: Former convict who has earned a Tony nomination takes on his latest challenging role in August Wilson's 'The Piano Lesson.'". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved October 20, 2019. My manslaughter conviction came from a fight with a guy who stabbed me seven times. I wrestled the knife from him and killed him. Got 18 months (in 1967). Then got three years for possession of a weapon and another eight years tacked on for a fight with a guard.
  9. Farhi, Paul (April 12, 2000). "Drama and Deliverance". The Washington Post. Retrieved October 20, 2019. One day a guard kept him from seeing a visitor. Enraged, Dutton challenged him to a fistfight. As Dutton describes it, they had 'a wonderful, nice 10 minutes busting each other up' in a locked room. Dutton figured it was a fair fight. But the guard eventually pressed charges ('he was pressured to do so,' Dutton claims). The conviction earned Dutton eight more years in prison. He is bitterly amused by this: 'I got three years for killing a black man and eight for punching a white man.'
  10. Farhi, Paul (April 12, 2000). "Drama and Deliverance". The Washington Post. Retrieved October 20, 2019. ...a fellow con stabbed Dutton in the neck with an ice pick. The blade plunged into his lungs, collapsing one of them, but missing his arteries. Still, he nearly bled to death. The injury only stoked his rage. He had become a fire-breathing radical, a Black Panther who read Mao, Marx and Malcolm X and 'believed wholeheartedly in the armed overthrow of the U.S. government. I was prepared to die for it.'
  11. Muhammad, Toure (Jul 14, 2012). "Charles S. Dutton talks dignity, integrity, and independence". The Final Call. Retrieved October 19, 2019. 'I was in the Black Panther Party in the 1960s, raised hell in the streets and spent 12 years in and out the penal institution, seven and a half the last time.'
  12. Farhi, Paul (April 12, 2000). "Drama and Deliverance". The Washington Post. Retrieved October 20, 2019. Not long afterward, he refused to accept an assignment cleaning toilets, and was banished to isolation for three days. There, in a dim 5-by-7-foot cell, Dutton read a book of plays he'd found in the prison library. He was transfixed, transported and ultimately transformed.
  13. Widener, Pam (March–April 1996). "IN A HARD PLACE: THE METEORIC RISE OF CHARLES S. DUTTON" (PDF). Prison Life. p. 48. This August will mark the 20th anniversary of actor Charles Dutton's release from the Maryland State Penitentiary, where he spent seven-and-a-half years for manslaughter and other charges.
  14. King, Susan (August 25, 1991). "TELEVISION: From Hard Time to Prime Time: Ex-con Charles Dutton, twice a Tony nominee on Broadway, accepts the challenge of a TV comedy series--but wonders if it's the right thing to do". Los Angeles Times. In and out of reform school and prison since he was 12, Dutton received his parole on Aug. 20, 1976, and closed the door on his old life.
  15. Zurawik, David (July 23, 1997). "A Hard Place Hollywood didn't want to listen to Charles Dutton and his message of 'the silent black majority' in 'Roc.' So the Baltimore native tries again to be heard with 'First-Time Felon". The Baltimore Sun. Dutton's jail-to-Yale biography is a compelling one. After getting out of prison in 1976, he spent two years studying theater at Towson State University and then went on to earn a drama degree from Yale before going to Broadway.
  16. Muhammad, Toure (Jul 14, 2012). "Charles S. Dutton talks dignity, integrity, and independence". The Final Call. Retrieved October 19, 2019. Dutton got his GED and completed a couple of college acting programs before finally earning his master's from Yale. And he hit the ground running. 'When I graduated out of Yale School of Drama in 1983, I didn't really have a long struggling actor career...
  17. Michael Schneider (2007-10-10). "Dutton back in biz at HBO". Daily Variety . p. 4.
  18. "Cast | Monkey's Paw". Retrieved 2014-03-24.