Dennis Haysbert has captured the attention of audiences and critics alike with his portrayal of President David Palmer on 24, for which he received his first Golden Globe nomination. Haysbert was most recently seen on the big screen opposite Julianne Moore in Todd Haynes’ critically acclaimed FAR FROM HEAVEN.
He recently starred in Spike Lee’s LOVE AND BASKETBALL opposite Omar Epps. His other film credits include ABSOLUTE POWER opposite Clint Eastwood and Gene Hackman, LOVE FIELD opposite Michelle Pfeiffer, MAJOR LEAGUE as Pedro Cerrano, HEAT with Al Pacino and Robert De Niro, RANDOM HEARTS, WHAT’S COOKING, WAITING TO EXHALE, THE THIRTEENTH FLOOR, NAVY SEALS, and SUTURE. Haysbert also appeared on the small screen in the critically acclaimed series NOW AND AGAIN.
Born and raised in California, Haysbert started acting when he won his first television role on the Emmy-winning episode of LOU GRANT which co-starred Jesse Jackson. He is very active in the fight against AIDS, and in 2000 he was the spokesperson for the Harlem Health Expo “Break the Silence.”
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