Darrin Henson

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Darrin Dewitt Henson
Darrin Dewitt Henson

(1972-05-05) May 5, 1972 (age 46)
OccupationChoreographer, dancer, actor, director, producer
Years active1999–present

Darrin Dewitt Henson (born May 5, 1972) is an American choreographer, dancer, actor, director and producer,[1] best known for his instructional dance video Darrin's Dance Grooves (which was heavily marketed in 2001 and 2002),[2] and for his portrayal of ex-convict Lem Van Adams on the Showtime TV series Soul Food, which is the longest-running drama with a predominantly African-American cast in television history. Henson attended "Prep For Prep", a non-profit organization based on prepping NYC's top minority students.

Henson also starred in productions such as the motion picture Stomp the Yard. In 2003, Henson directed the film Violation.[3] He has choreographed music videos and concerts for such popular music artists as New Kids on the Block, Jordan Knight, Britney Spears, Backstreet Boys, 98 Degrees, NSYNC and Spice Girls.


In February 2011, Henson co-starred in the Gospel Music Channel's debut of John Ruffin's stage play The Ideal Husband, which also stars Jackée Harry, Ginuwine, Clifton Powell, Shirley Murdock, Shanti Lowry and Erica Hubbard.[4]

In April 2011, the straight-to-DVD film The Inheritance was released. Henson co-stars in the horror/thriller along with Golden Brooks, D.B. Woodside, Keith David and Rochelle Aytes


Year Title Role Notes
2015 Chocolate City Magnus
2014 Black Coffee Robert
2010 Blood Done Sign My Name Eddie McCoy
2010 Kiss The Bride Thomas Direct-to-video release
2009 Tekken Raven
2008 A Good Man is Hard to Find Clarence
2008 The Express Jim Brown
2007 Life Support MJ
2007 Stomp The Yard Grant
2006 The Last Stand TD
2005 The Salon Michael
2000 Longshot Himself


2017 Vivica's Black Magic (Reality TV Series) Choreographer/Portraying Self
2007 Lincoln Heights Ruben
2000–2004 Soul Food Lem Van Adams


Year Award Category Production Result
2005 NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Soul Food Nomination
2004 NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Soul Food Nomination
2000 MTV Video Music Awards Best Choreography "Bye Bye Bye" (by *NSYNC) Winner


  1. ^ Darrin Henson on IMDb
  2. ^ DiNardo, Kelly. "'Dance Grooves': Get jiggy (not jiggly) with it", USA Today, June 13, 2002. Retrieved November 6, 2009.
  3. ^ Violation (TV 2003). IMDB
  4. ^ "Is Darrin Dewitt Henson the Ideal Husband? Film, TV, Dance, Fitness – What Can't He Do? Exclusive Interview!". UrbLife.com. February 26, 2011.