Dennis L. A. White
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Dennis L. A. White
|Other names||Dennis White, Dennis Da Menace|
Dennis L. A. White is an American stage and screen actor noted for portraying Damion 'D-Roc' Butler in the Notorious B.I.G. biopic entitled Notorious.
White was born and raised in southern California to a Grammy nominated mother and a military father. He was exposed to many different cultures and ideas. When his family relocated to Fayetteville, North Carolina he developed his love for music and acting. He was offered a baseball scholarship while a student at Westover High School to play baseball but he decided to take an academic scholarship at Winston-Salem State University in North Carolina.
In 2001, Dennis, under the guise of "Dennis Da Menace", put out his Billboard charted album, The Wonderful World of Dennis. In 2003, Dennis became the first African-American host at Fuse Television. He began to host several TV shows: Weekend Vibe, HBO's 5 Rounds and Chatzone, and MTV's Hip Hop Life.
White then pursued his love for acting with appearances in The Brave One with Jodie Foster, Law & Order: SVU, The Jury, I Think I Love My Wife, etc. In 2010, he portrayed a cancer stricken comedian in Marq Overton's Off Broadway play, Die Laughing. White also played Virgil on The N mini-series, Miracle's Boys. Dennis had a recurring role on TNT (TV channel)'s The Closer. In 2009, Dennis created "Act Like You Know", a company that gives acting workshops and seminars to aspiring actors across the country. In 2009, Dennis became the re-occurring character "Mistah Ray" on NBC's Parenthood.
In 2013, Dennis started a foundation called "M.O.R.P.H." to help eradicate racial profiling.
- Sweet Lorraine (2015) - Lincoln Kennedy
- Diamond Ruff (2015) - Rev. Trek Woods
- Bleeding Hearts (2015) - Chris Walker
- Lap Dance (2014) - Pauly
- The Genesis of Lincoln (2014) - T.J. McGriff
- Dreams (2013/II) - Jermaine
- Dreams (2013/I) - Gage
- Changing the Game (2012) - Adult Dre (as Dennis LA White)
- Small Apartments (2012) - Marcus (as Dennis White)
- Dysfunctional Friends (2012) - Minister
- After Hours: The Movie (2011) - Rugged & Menace hit man
- King of Paper Chasin' (2011) - J.B. (as Dennis Da Menace)
- Code Blue (2010)
- April's Fools (2010) - Tamil
- Three Chris's (2010) - Chris Walker
- Notorious (2009) - Damion
- The Brave One (2007) - Thug on Subway
- I Think I Love My Wife (2007) - Party Thug (uncredited)
- Swimming (2000) - Jeeper
- Atlanta (2016) ... Bald Man
- Black Dynamite (2014) ... Arnold's Talking Stomach (voice)
- Parenthood (2011-2013) ... Mista Ray
- NYC 22 (2012) ... Teef
- The Closer (2010-2011) ... Reggie Moses
- Let's Talk About Pep (2010) Episode #1.3 (2010) ... Dennis White
- Miracle's Boys (2005) (TV Mini-Series) ... Virgil
- Jonny Zero (2005) ... Pillsbury
- The Jury (2004) ... Derrick Smith-Bey
- Fuse's Summer Jam X (2003) (TV Movie) ... Host
- Weekend Vibe (2002) ... Segment Host (2004)
- The Warriors (2005) - Sid, Glenn, Keenan, Jonah (voices, as Dennis White)
- Def Jam Fight for NY (2004) - Baxter (voice, as Dennis Da Menace)
- Dreams (2013/I) - (associate producer)
- Daily Download (2004) - Daily Download (TV Series) - Himself - Host (2004)
- Adventures of Dennis Da Menace: South Beach (documentary) (2001) - Himself
- Chat Zone (2001) - (TV Series) - Host (2004)
- The Thin Blue Line (1988) - (Documentary) - Himself (Defense Attorney)
- A. O. Scott. "Notorious (2009) A Rapper's Tale, Larger Than Life". New York Times. 16 January 16, 2009
- Williams, Houston. "Dennis White: The Realest Thespian In Hollywood". allhiphop.com. 11 October 2010.
- Colclough, Glenys. "Notorious Elevation: A Conversation with Dennis LA White". Prominence Magazine. p. 43. Fall 2010.