Known for movies

Short Info

Net Worth$42 million
Date Of BirthJune 2, 1954
SpouseLynn Griffith, Elena Simms
MarkDeep resonant voice
FactHas appeared with Charlie Sheen in three films: Major League (1989), Navy Seals (1990) and Major League II (1994).

Dennis Haysbert is an American actor. He is known for his roles in the television series The Unit and 24, and the films Far from Heaven and The Messenger.

Haysbert was born in San Mateo, California, the son of Gladys (née Johnson), a homemaker, and Charles Whitney Haysbert, Sr., a dental technician. His mother was African American and his father was of mixed race (African American, Native American, and German). He has two sisters, Cheryl and Deborah.

Haysbert was raised in Hayward, California. He attended San Mateo High School, where he played football and basketball. After graduation, he attended the University of California, Berkeley on a football scholarship. He played in the 1978 East-West Shrine Game and was drafted by the San Diego Chargers in the 11th round of the 1979 NFL Draft, but did not make the team.

Haysbert began his acting career in 1978 with a role in an episode of the television series Lou Grant. He has since appeared in numerous television shows and films, including The Right Stuff, The Natural, Heat, Major League, Absolute Power, Love Field, Waiting to Exhale, Random Hearts, Far from Heaven, The Sum of All Fears, and The Messenger.

Haysbert has been married twice. His first wife was Ingrid Quinn, with whom he has two daughters, Kai and Anna. His second wife is actress Catherine Dent, with whom he has a son, Xavier.

Haysbert is a supporter of the Democratic Party. In 2012, he endorsed President Barack Obama for re-election.

Haysbert’s net worth is estimated to be $16 million. He has earned millions of dollars from his roles in television and film.

General Info

Full NameDennis Haysbert
Net Worth$42 million
Salary$42 million
Date Of BirthJune 2, 1954
Height1.94 m
ProfessionTelevision producer, Film producer, Voice Actor, Film director
EducationAmerican Academy of Dramatic Arts


SpouseLynn Griffith, Elena Simms
ChildrenCharles Haysbert, Katharine Haysbert
ParentsGladys Haysbert, Charles Haysbert, Sr.
SiblingsLenier Haysbert, Adam Haysbert, Charles Haysbert, Jr., Stanley Haysbert, Rita Haysbert, Al Haysbert


AwardsSatellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Drama
NominationsScreen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series, Satellite Award for Best Actor – Television Series Drama, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series, Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Miniseries, or Motion Picture Made ...
MoviesSin City: A Dame to Kill For, Far from Heaven, Ted 2, Sniper: Ghost Shooter, Jarhead, Love & Basketball, Goodbye Bafana, Absolute Power, Kung Fu Panda 2, The Thirteenth Floor, Wreck-It Ralph, Heat, Life of a King, Waiting to Exhale, Mr. Baseball, Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas, Think Like a Man To...
TV ShowsBackstrom, 24, The Unit, Empire, Now and Again, Code Red, Return to Lonesome Dove, Incorporated, Off the Rack

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#Marks / Signs
1Muscular physique
2Towering height
3Deep resonant voice


1(on the powers of visualizing your goals) I visualize the roles that I want. If I hadn't visualized playing athletes, I wouldn't have gotten Major League. If I hadn't visualized playing a president, David Palmer never would have happened. You've got to have a sense of what you want to do; otherwise, the universe is just going to throw something at you.
2(2006) I think I'd make a great superhero. I'm serious. I want to play a superhero and I've already got one in mind. I think I've still got the body for the costume and it's something I really want to do.
3(on high school) I played a little basketball, but basketball interfered with theater season. That's when we did our term plays and did nutshell versions of Shakespeare for English classes. And, believe me, I got a fair amount of looks from the guys on the team. "You're in theater but you can play football?!" I got a lot of shit about it.
4From the time I was 10, I think I knew that I wanted to act, and then there was the caption under my high school picture, [so] it was obvious I had no doubts, I knew what I wanted to do. But I also had a catalyst, an older brother who died of cancer, and I just happened to be with him the [day] before he died. He asked me a simple question "What do you want to do?" And I said "Well, I want to be an actor." He asked "Where do you want to do it? Can you do it from here?", and when I said "No, not really", he said "Well, get the hell out of here then because tomorrow's not promised." I'll always remember those words: "Tomorrow's not promised.".
5(on playing Nelson Mandela in The Color of Freedom (2007)) I just remember it being a very daunting situation. I was a little nervous about it and almost turned it down. I had a momentary loss of confidence and didn't think I was worthy. He's such a hero of mine.


1Commercial spokesman for the Allstate Insurance Corporation (2003-08).
2Has appeared with Charlie Sheen in three films: Major League (1989), Navy Seals (1990) and Major League II (1994).
3Shares two roles with the late Michael Clarke Duncan: Green Lantern, Kilowog and Manute in the "Sin City" films.
4In the photo caption for his San Mateo, California, high school yearbook, he cited having his face on the cover of Ebony and TV Guide as life goals, both of which he later achieved.
5Is the eighth of nine children of Charles Whitney Sr. and Gladys Haysbert.
6Enjoys golf, tennis and scuba diving in his spare time.
7When he first moved to Los Angeles, he worked in a grocery store and took classes at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. When he was not in class or working at the store, Haysbert says, he consumed any self-help book he could get his hands on, including "How to Visualize What You Want" and "The Power of Positive Thinking".
8His parents were married for 51 years before his father's death.
9Is also a certified Deep Sea diver per Discovery Channel's Secrets of Pearl Harbor (2004), that he hosts, narrates and stars in. [June 2008]
10(August 7, 2005) Grand marshal of the "Allstate 400 at the Brickyard" auto race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
11Attended and graduated from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts (AADA).
12Attended and graduated from San Mateo High School in San Mateo, California in 1972.
13He was a defensive end on his high school football team.
14Has two children with Lynn Griffith: Charles Haysbert and Katharine Haysbert.




Marcus Garvey Biopic2017filmingMosiah Garvey Sr.
Fist Fight2017completed
Naked2017post-productionReginald Swope
Incorporated-2016TV SeriesJulian / Julian Morse
Sniper: Ghost Shooter2016Colonel
Dead Rising: Endgame2016General Lyons
Undercover2016TV Mini-SeriesRudy Jones
Brooklyn Nine-Nine2016TV SeriesBob Annderson
The Grinder2016TV SeriesSpecial Agent
Jarhead 3: The Siege2016Major Lincoln
Baby, Baby, Baby2015Doctor Hankin
Ted 22015Fertility Doctor
Backstrom2015TV SeriesJohn Almond
Blue Bloods2015TV SeriesDeputy Chief Don Kent
Dead Rising: Watchtower2015General Lyons
Experimenter2015Ossie Davis
How Murray Saved Christmas2014TV SpecialNarrator (voice)
Sniper: Legacy2014VideoThe Colonel
Men, Women & Children2014Secretluvur
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For2014Manute
Think Like a Man Too2014Uncle Eddie
The Boondocks2014TV SeriesReverend Sturdy Harris
Trophy Wife2013-2014TV SeriesRuss Bradley Morrison
Mr. Peabody & Sherman2014Judge (voice)
Dear White People2014Dean Fairbanks
Heartburn2013ShortMatthew Boa
Axe Cop2013TV SeriesFrog
Out of the Blue2013/IIShortControl
Life of a King2013Searcy
Welcome to the Jungle2013Mr. Palmer
Battledogs2013TV MovieLt. General Christopher Monning
Newsreaders2013TV SeriesDet. Fenster Landau
Wreck-It Ralph2012General Hologram (voice)
LUV2012Mr. Fish
Kung Fu Panda: Secrets of the Masters2011Video shortOx (voice)
Field of Dreams 2: Lockout2011ShortMann
Kung Fu Panda 22011Master Ox (voice)
The Details2011Lincoln
The Unit2006-2009TV SeriesJonas Blane
Breach2007Dean Plesac
The Color of Freedom2007Nelson Mandela
242001-2007TV SeriesPresident David Palmer Senator David Palmer David Palmer
24: The Game2006Video GameDavid Palmer (voice)
Jarhead2005Major Lincoln
Empire2005TV Mini-SeriesMagonius
Call of Duty: Finest Hour2004Video GameNarrator (voice)
Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow2004Video GameIrving Lambert (voice)
Sinbad and the Cyclops Island2003Video shortKale (voice)
Justice League2001-2003TV SeriesKilowog
Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas2003Kale (voice)
Static Shock2001-2003TV SeriesChief Barnsdale
Ticker2002ShortFBI Agent (uncredited)
Far from Heaven2002Raymond Deagan
The Outer Limits2001TV SeriesJoshua Finch
Soul Food2001TV SeriesRick Grant
Now and Again1999-2000TV SeriesDr. Theodore Morris
Love & Basketball2000Zeke McCall
What's Cooking?2000Ronald Williams
Random Hearts1999Detective George Beaufort
Superman1998-1999TV SeriesDoctor #1 / Agent #1
The Thirteenth Floor1999Detective Larry McBain
Godzilla: The Series1999TV SeriesGeneral
The Minus Man1999Graves
The New Batman Adventures1998TV SeriesBarkley James
Major League: Back to the Minors1998Pedro Cerrano
How to Make the Cruelest Month1998Manhattan Parks
Standoff1998Ty 'Bama' Jones
Absolute Power1997Tim Collin
Amanda1996Seven / Sir Jordan
The Writing on the Wall1996TV MovieSullivan
Duckman: Private Dick/Family Man1996TV SeriesTribal Leader / Cornfed's Singing Voice
Widow's Kiss1996TV MovieEddie Costello
Waiting to Exhale1995Kenneth Dawkins
Heat1995Donald Breedan
Major League II1994Pedro Cerrano
American Playhouse1993TV SeriesRev. Oliver Crawford
Return to Lonesome Dove1993TV Mini-SeriesJack Jackson
Suture1993Clay Arlington
Queen1993TV Mini-SeriesDavis
Love Field1992Paul Cater
Mr. Baseball1992Max 'Hammer' Dubois
K-90001991TV MovieNick Sanrio
Navy Seals1990Graham
The Robert Guillaume Show1989TV SeriesMr. Peterson
Night Court1989TV SeriesJames Morgan
Major League1989Pedro Cerrano
Heartbeat1989TV SeriesRaymond Calder
Just the Ten of Us1988-1989TV SeriesCoach Duane Johnson
Wilder Westen, inclusive1988TV Mini-SeriesThief
Out of This World1988TV Series
Crime Story1988TV SeriesFranklin Himes
Growing Pains1985-1988TV SeriesFrank / Officer Wright / Police Officer
The Facts of Life1987TV SeriesSgt. Evans
Our House1987TV Series
Valerie's Family: The Hogans1987TV SeriesDr. Ervin
Easy Street1987TV SeriesChip
Knots Landing1987TV SeriesPolice Officer
The Young and the Restless1986TV SeriesRon Clark
Scarecrow and Mrs. King1986TV SeriesKimambo
2271986TV SeriesSgt. Banks
The Fall Guy1986TV SeriesJeremy Wolf
What's Happening Now!1986TV SeriesPoliceman
Magnum, P.I.1985TV SeriesLieutenant Jameson, USN
Off the Rack1984-1985TV SeriesCletus Maxwell
A Summer to Remember1985TV MovieSheriff Pierce
Gimme a Break!1984TV SeriesRev. Winfield
Riptide1984TV SeriesOdell
Dallas1984TV SeriesDr. Forbes
The Return of Marcus Welby, M.D.1984TV MovieDr. Beaumont
The A-Team1983TV SeriesPsych Ward Staff
Code Red1981-1982TV SeriesStuff Wade
Grambling's White Tiger1981TV MovieJames 'Shack' Harris
Buck Rogers in the 25th Century1980-1981TV SeriesEnsign / Lieutenant Parsons / Helmsman / ...
Quincy M.E.1980-1981TV SeriesDriver / Fred
Galactica 19801980TV SeriesImperious Leader
The Incredible Hulk1980TV SeriesGuard
Laverne & Shirley1979TV SeriesShore Patrolman
Scoring1979Lt. Harrigan
The White Shadow1979TV SeriesBasketball Player
Lou Grant1978TV SeriesVictor


Heartburn2013Short executive producer
When the Dragon Swallowed the Sun2010Documentary producer
The Unit2008-2009TV Series co-producer - 19 episodes
Cessation2009Short executive producer


The Unit2009TV Series 1 episode


Breaching the Truth: The Making of 'Breach'2007Video short special thanks
Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson2004Documentary extra special thanks


The 62nd Annual Golden Globe Awards2005TV Special documentaryHimself - Audience Member
Secrets of Pearl Harbor2004TV MovieHimself - Host / Narrator
Good Morning Australia2004TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Caiga quien caiga2004TV SeriesHimself
35th NAACP Image Awards2004TV SpecialHimself
10th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2004TV SpecialHimself
How2 Make It As an Actor2004Video documentary shortHimself
How2 Make It in Film and Television2004Video documentaryHimself
The Making of 'Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas'2003Video documentary shortHimself
24: Access All Areas2003TV Movie documentaryHimself
ESPY Awards2003TV SpecialHimself
HBO First Look2003TV Series documentaryHimself
Young Hollywood Awards2003TV Special documentaryHimself
Pure 242003TV Series documentaryHimself
100 Years of Hope and Humor2003TV SpecialHimself
9th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2003TV SpecialHimself
34th NAACP Image Awards2003TV SpecialHimself
When I Fall in Love: The One & Only Nat King Cole2003TV Movie documentaryHimself - Narrator
The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn2003TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The 60th Annual Golden Globe Awards2003TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
National Geographic: The FBI2003TV Movie documentaryHimself - Narrator
The Making of 'Far from Heaven'2002TV Short documentaryHimself
The Wayne Brady Show2002TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The 54th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards2002TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
24: The Postmortem2002TV Movie documentaryHimself
24 Heaven2002TV Movie documentaryHimself
Liquid News2002TV SeriesHimself
The Rosie O'Donnell Show2002TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Talk2012-2016TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
WGN Morning News2016TV SeriesHimself
Today2016TV SeriesHimself
Lacerations: The Making of 'Suture'2016Video documentary shortHimself
14th Annual VES Awards2016VideoHimself
The Meredith Vieira Show2015TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Tiny Tiny Talk Show2015TV SeriesHimself
The Real2015TV SeriesHimself
Entertainment Tonight2009-2014TV SeriesHimself
Gimme a Sign: Engineering Now and Again2014DocumentaryHimself
Full Circle2014TV MovieHimself - Narrator (voice)
45th NAACP Image Awards2014TV Movie documentaryHimself
Civil War 3602013TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself - Host
Tavis Smiley2004-2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
44th NAACP Image Awards2013TV Movie documentaryHimself
The World According to Dick Cheney2013DocumentaryHimself - Narrator (voice)
The Playboy Morning Show2013TV SeriesHimself
The Black Moses2012DocumentaryBlack Moses
D.L. Hughley: The Endangered List2012TV Special documentaryHimself
Big Morning Buzz Live2012TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Wendy Williams Show2012TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Michael Douglas & Friends Celebrity Golf Tournament2012TV MovieHimself
Conan2011-2012TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself - 'Jersey Shore' Auditioner
Made in Hollywood2012TV SeriesHimself
The BAFTA Britannia Awards2011TV SpecialHimself
Field of Dreams 2: NFL Lockout with Taylor Lautner: Behind the Scenes2011ShortHimself
Field of Dreams 2: NFL Lockout with Taylor Lautner: Deleted Scenes2011ShortHimself
17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2011TV SpecialHimself
National Memorial Day Concert2010TV Movie documentary
Live with Kelly and Michael2010TV SeriesHimself - Guest
When the Dragon Swallowed the Sun2010DocumentaryHimself - Narration
Hole in the Head: A Life Revealed2009DocumentaryNarrator (voice)
The 1st Annual Noble Awards2009TV MovieHimself - Presenter
The Brian McKnight Show2009TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Bonnie Hunt Show2009TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson2009TV SeriesHimself - Guest
CBS Cares2008-2009TV SeriesHimself
The Night James Brown Saved Boston2008TV Movie documentaryHimself - Narrator (voice)
The Girls Next Door2008TV SeriesHimself - Actor
Mister President2008TV Movie documentaryHimself / President David Palmer
The View2006-2007TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Breach: Anatomy of a Character2007Video shortHimself
Breaching the Truth: The Making of 'Breach'2007Video shortHimself
Late Show with David Letterman2007TV SeriesHimself - Guest
38th NAACP Image Awards2007TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
13th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2007TV SpecialHimself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien2002-2006TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The 58th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards2006TV SpecialHimself
Jimmy Kimmel Live!2003-2006TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Saturday Night Live2006TV SeriesHimself
Stories of the Innocence Project2005TV SeriesHimself - Narrator
The Making of 'Heat'2005Video documentaryHimself
The 59th Annual Tony Awards2005TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Best Direction of a Play

Archive Footage

Undercover2016TV Mini-SeriesRudy Jones
Too Much TV2016TV SeriesRudy Jones - Undercover
President Hollywood2008TV Movie documentaryPresident David Palmer (uncredited)
Saturday Night Live: The Best of Saturday TV Funhouse2006TV SpecialHimself (uncredited)


Won Awards

2013BTVA Feature Film Voice Acting AwardBehind the Voice Actors AwardsBest Vocal Ensemble in a Feature FilmWreck-It Ralph (2012)
2013BTVA People's Choice Voice Acting AwardBehind the Voice Actors AwardsBest Vocal Ensemble in a Feature FilmWreck-It Ralph (2012)
2013Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsBest Voice PerformanceWreck-It Ralph (2012)
2006Career Achievement AwardTemecula Valley International Film Festival
2003Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsTheatrical - Best Supporting ActorFar from Heaven (2002)
2003OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Supporting Actor in a Drama Series24 (2001)
2003Golden Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Actor in a Supporting Role, DramaFar from Heaven (2002)
2002WAFCA AwardWashington DC Area Film Critics Association AwardsBest Supporting ActorFar from Heaven (2002)
2000Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest Genre TV Supporting ActorNow and Again (1999)

Nominated Awards

2016OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Guest Actor in a Comedy SeriesBrooklyn Nine-Nine (2013)
2015Chicago/Midwest EmmyChicago/Midwest Emmy AwardsOutstanding Achievement for On-Camera TalentFull Circle (2014)
2009Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Actor in a Drama SeriesThe Unit (2006)
2008Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Actor in a Drama SeriesThe Unit (2006)
2007Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Actor in a Drama SeriesThe Unit (2006)
2006Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series24 (2001)
2005ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series24 (2001)
2004Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Actor in a Drama Series24 (2001)
2004OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Supporting Actor in a Drama Series24 (2001)
2003Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television24 (2001)
2003Chlotrudis AwardChlotrudis AwardsBest Supporting ActorFar from Heaven (2002)
2003Gold Derby AwardGold Derby AwardsEnsemble CastFar from Heaven (2002)
2003Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Actor in a Drama Series24 (2001)
2003Golden Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Drama24 (2001)
2003ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series24 (2001)
2001Golden Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Performance by an Actor in a Series, DramaNow and Again (1999)

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