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Dorian Harewood
Born (1950-08-06) August 6, 1950 (age 73)
Years active1975–present
Nancy Harewood
(m. 1979)
Awards1994 – NAACP Image Award Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series, Mini-Series or Television Movie (I'll Fly Away)

Dorian Harewood (born August 6, 1950)[1] is an American actor, best known for playing Jesse Owens in The Jesse Owens Story (1984), Paul Strobber on Strike Force (1981–1982), and Rev. Morgan Hamilton in 7th Heaven (1996–2003).

Early years

Harewood was born on August 6, 1950, in Dayton, Ohio, the son of Emerson Macaulay and Estelle Olivia Harewood.[2] His father was a high school teacher[3] and post office clerk.[2] Harewood has five siblings, Emerson M. Harewood Jr., Theolanda Harewood, Philip B. Harewood, Floranne E. Dunford and Lawanda G. Pitts.[citation needed] He graduated from the Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati[4] in 1972.


Harewood got his start in musical theater. On Broadway, he performed in Two Gentlemen of Verona, Streamers,[3] and The Mighty Gents.[4] For his role in Don't Call Back, Harewood received a Theatre World Award for Most Promising Actor.[3] While in a stage production with Bette Davis, she encouraged Harewood to continue acting in dramatic roles, and credits her as his mentor.[5] He made his film debut in Foster and Laurie (1975).[6]

Harewood portrayed Simon Haley (father of author Alex Haley) in the ABC miniseries Roots: The Next Generations.[2] He is known for starring as Jesse Owens in The Jesse Owens Story,[7] and for his co-starring role as police psychologist Paul Strobber in the ABC Television series Strike Force (starring Robert Stack).[8] He appeared regularly on Trauma Center alongside Wendie Malick and Lou Ferrigno,[9] had a recurring role on China Beach[10] and was Hank Mitchell in The Trials of Rosie O'Neill.[11]

Some of his film work includes disaster film Gray Lady Down (1978),[3] action drama Tank (1984),[4] and sci-fi flick Solar Crisis (1990).[10] In Against All Odds (1984), he appeared as a football player, and was Timothy Hutton's coworker in The Falcon and the Snowman (1985).[12] Harewood then portrayed a combat veteran in Stanley Kubrick's Full Metal Jacket (1987).[12] He appeared in two films in 2003: portraying Mackie Whitaker in Levity[13] and Teddy Howard in Gothika.[14]

In 1994, he was awarded the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series, Mini-Series or Television Movie,[15] for his recurring role as jazz/blues saxophonist Clarence "Cool Papa" Charleston on the NBC drama series I'll Fly Away.[16] The following year, Harewood voiced Hank Aaron in Hank Aaron: Chasing a Dream, narrating the television film.[17] He earned an Emmy Award nomination for the special.[18]

He also played Dr. Julian Wilkes in the NBC (later syndicated) TV series Viper,[19] and had a recurring role as Rev. Morgan Hamilton in 7th Heaven.[20] Harewood appeared as Eliot Pierce in the Showtime series The Hoop Life.[21] For his work on this series, Harewood received his second NAACP Image Award nomination, for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series in 2000.[22] He has also dabbled in music, having sung the national anthem at the 1994 Orange Bowl and releasing an album, Love Will Stop Calling, in 1988.[23]

As a voice actor, Harewood began playing characters in animation during the 1980s. He voiced A.C. in The California Raisin Show,[24] a guest role as Dan Riley in Batman: The Animated Series,[25] Tombstone in Spider-Man[26] and Michael Jordan in the Saturday morning cartoon ProStars.[27] He later returned to the Batman franchise as Jim Tate in Batman Beyond.[28] When James Avery was unavailable, Harewood would voice Shredder on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.[29] Harewood played Rhodey Rhodes / War Machine in Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk.[30] He provided the voice of Modo in Biker Mice from Mars (1993−96),[31] a role which he reprised in the revival of the same name (2006−08).[30]

Having appeared in over 100 productions in film and television, Harewood has only publicly expressed regret with one: the miniseries Beulah Land, where he portrayed an overseer named Floyd. He was disgusted with the film's script,[32] and claimed he was "unhappy" and "embarrassed" with the finished production.[12] Harewood has stated he will only accept roles he feels present positive images for African-Americans.[33]

Personal life

Harewood married actress Nancy Ann McCurry[34] on February 14, 1979.[2] The couple have two children, Olivia Ruth[35] and John Dorian.[34]



Year Title Role Notes
1975 Foster and Laurie Gregory Foster[36]
1976 Sparkle Levi Brown
1977 Panic in Echo Park Dr. Michael Stoner [37]
1978 Gray Lady Down Lieutenant Fowler
1981 Looker Lieutenant Masters [38]
1984 Against All Odds Tommy
1984 Tank Sergeant First Class Ed Tippet
1985 The Falcon and the Snowman Gene
1987 Guilty of Innocence: The Lenell Geter Story Lenell Geter [39]
1987 Full Metal Jacket "Eightball"
1988 God Bless the Child Calvin Reed [40]
1989 Kiss Shot Kevin Marick [41]
1990 Pacific Heights Dennis Reed [42]
1990 Solar Crisis Borg
1994 The Pagemaster Jamaican Pirate Voice[30]
1995 Sudden Death Agent Matthew Hallmark [43]
1995 Hank Aaron: Chasing the Dream Narrator (as Hank Aaron's voice)
1996 Space Jam Monstar Bupkus Voice[30]
1997 12 Angry Men Juror #5 [44]
1998 Evasive Action Luke Sinclair [45]
2001 Glitter Guy Richardson
2003 Gothika Teddy Howard
2003 Levity Mackie Whittaker
2004 Kangaroo Jack: G'Day U.S.A.! Lead Agent Voice[30]
2005 Assault on Precinct 13 Deputy Gil
2006 Adventures of Brer Rabbit Mister Man Voice[30]
2007 Billy & Mandy's Big Boogey Adventure Older Irwin Voice[30]
2011 Mayor Cupcake Albert Peach


Year Title Role Notes
1975 Cooley High Unaired pilot
1977 Kojak Jake Riley Episode: "The Condemned"
1977 Family Gil Episode: "The Little Brother"
1978 Siege Simon Television film[46]
1979 Roots: The Next Generations Simon Haley Episodes 3–7
1979 An American Christmas Carol Matt Reeves Television film[47]
1980 Beulah Land Floyd 3 episodes
1980 High Ice Lt. Zack Dawkins Television film
1981–1982 Strike Force Det. Sgt. Paul Strobber 20 episodes
1982 I, Desire Detective Jerry Van Ness Television film[48]
1983 Matt Houston Jerry "The Rock" Lennox Episode: "The Rock and the Hard Place"
1983 Trauma Center Dr. Nate "Skate" Baylor [49]
1984 The Jesse Owens Story Jesse Owens Television film
1986 Murder, She Wrote Sheriff Claudell Cox Episode: "Powder Keg"
1987 Amerika Jeffrey Wyman 6 episodes
1987–1996 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Shredder Voice
1987 Beauty and the Beast Jason Walker Episode: "Terrible Savior"
1988 Matlock Edward Kramer Episode: "The Ambassador"
1989 Polly Dr. Shannon Television film[50]
1989–1990 China Beach Major Otis Episodes 34-36
1990 Polly: Comin' Home! Dr. Shannon Television film[50]
1991–1994 The Legend of Prince Valiant Sir Bryant Voice
1992 I'll Fly Away Clarence "Cool Papa" Charleston 4 episodes
1992 Batman: The Animated Series Dan Riley Voice, episode: "The Forgotten"[30]
1992–1993 Goof Troop Buster Vessel Voice, episode: "Big City Blues"
1993 Animaniacs Spike Lee Voice, episode: "Taming of the Screwy"[30]
1993–1994 Mighty Max Additional voice Voice
1993–1996 Biker Mice from Mars Modo Voice[30]
1994–1998 Spider-Man Lonnie Lincoln / Tombstone Voice[30]
1994 Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman Carver Episode: "Buffalo Soldier"
1994 Viper Dr. Julian Wilkes Television film
1994–1996 Iron Man Rhodey Rhodes / War Machine, Stilt-Man Voice[30]
1994–1996 Gargoyles Boreas, Talos, Little Anton Voice[30]
1994–1998 Aaahh!!! Real Monsters Kriggle, Santa Claus, Bulldozer Guy, General, Chef, Accident Victim Voice[30]
1995–1997 Freakazoid! Lt. Artie King, Deep-Voiced Singer Voice[30]
1996–2003 7th Heaven Rev. Morgan Hamilton Recurring role
1996–1997 The Incredible Hulk Rhodey Rhodes / War Machine Voice
1996–1997 Superman: The Animated Series Ron Troupe Voice, 2 episodes[30]
1996 Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm Jax / Sektor Voice
1997 The Blues Brothers: The Animated Series Don Kling
1997 Pinky and the Brain Bojangles Voice, episode: "Mice Don't Dance"[30]
1998–2001 Histeria! General Sherman (singing), Nelson Mandela, Cool Singer Voice[30]
1998 The New Batman Adventures Judge Voice, episode: "Critters"[30]
1999–2000 Batman Beyond Jim Tate Voice, 2 episodes[30]
2000 The Last Debate Brad Lily Television film
2001–2003 Rescue Heroes Bob Buoy Voice, 4 episodes[30]
2002 Stargate SG-1 Councilor Thoran 2 episodes
2002 The Practice Dr. Jerry Cochran Episode: "Evil/Doers"
2002 The Christmas Shoes Dalton Gregory Television film
2002–2003 Boomtown Capt. Ronald Hicks Recurring role
2004 Astro Boy Dr. Tenma, Shadow Voice
English dub [30]
2004–2005 Megas XLR Ender, Guardian, Cyrellian Squadron Leader Voice[30]
2004 Static Shock Warden Voice, episode: "Future Shock"[30]
2006–2009 Biker Mice from Mars Modo, Saturnius, Big Bud, Judge, Orphan Boy #2 Voice[30]
2006–2012 Handy Manny Coach Johnson Voice, 4 episodes[30]
2007 Private Practice Duncan Stinson Episode: "In Which Sam Receives an Unexpected Visitor..."
2007 House of Payne Larry Shelton
2007–2008 The Batman Martian Manhunter Voice, 4 episodes[30]
2007–2008 The Land Before Time Mr. Thicknose Voice[30]
2007 The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy Lionel Van Helsing, Burrito, News Reporter Voice, 2 episodes
2008 Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles Boyd Sherman 3 episodes
2008 The Spectacular Spider-Man Dr. Bromwell Voice, 4 episodes[30]
2021 9-1-1 Rupert Episode: "Defend in Place"
2022 Bel Air Judge Robertson 2 episodes

Video games

Year Title Role Notes
1993 Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers Toussaint Gervais [30]
2004 Astro Boy Dr. Tenma, Magnamite [30]
2004 X-Men Legends Shadow King [30]
2004 Onimusha 3: Demon Siege Spirit of Onimusha [30]
2006 Lost Planet: Extreme Condition Gale [30]
2012 Diablo III Barbarian (Male) [30]
2013 Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance N'mani [30]




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