Dorian Harewood

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Dorian Harewood
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Dorian Harewood appearing in America: A Call to Greatness (1995).
Born Wille Dorian Harewood
(1950-08-06) August 6, 1950 (age 65)
Dayton, Ohio, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1974-present
Spouse(s) Nancy Harewood (m. 1980; 2 children)
Awards 1994 - NAACP Image Award Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series, Mini-Series or Television Movie
(I'll Fly Away)

Dorian Harewood (born Willie Dorian Harewood; August 6, 1950) is an American actor.


Harewood first attracted attention for his portrayal of Simon Haley (father of author Alex Haley) in the ABC miniseries Roots: The Next Generations. He is known for his roles in Full Metal Jacket, for starring as Jesse Owens in The Jesse Owens Story, and for his co-starring role in the ABC Television series Strike Force (starring Robert Stack). In 1994, he was awarded the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series, Mini-Series or Television Movie, for his recurring role as jazz/blues saxophonist Clarence "Cool Papa" Charleston on the NBC drama series I'll Fly Away. In 1995, he co-starred in the Warren Chaney docudrama, America: A Call to Greatness.[1][2] In 2012, he is an announcer for NBC.[3] He also played Dr. Julian Wilkes in the NBC (later syndicated) TV series Viper.

Personal life[edit]

Harewood was born in Dayton, Ohio, the son of Emerson Macaulay (1915-1980) and Estelle Olivia Harewood (1924-1991).[4] He has five siblings, Emerson M. Harewood, Jr. (deceased), Theolanda Harewood, Philip B. Harewood (deceased), Floranne E. Dunford and Lawanda G. Pitts. He graduated from the CCM at the University of Cincinnati in 1971.

He is married to actress Nancy Harewood, with whom he has two children, Olivia Ruth and John Dorian.

Notable roles[edit]

Harewood and Debbi Morgan in The Jesse Owens Story in 1984




Video games[edit]



  • "Show Me (One More Time)" (recorded in the 1980s)
  • Love Will Stop Calling (1988) Emeric Records


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