Dorian Harewood

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Dorian Harewood
Dorian Harewood & Debbi Morgan.jpg
Born (1950-08-06) August 6, 1950 (age 71)
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[edit]

Harewood was born on August 6, 1950 in Dayton, Ohio, the son of Emerson Macaulay and Estelle Olivia Harewood.[2] He 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[3] in 1972.


On Broadway, Harewood performed in Two Gentlemen of Verona, Streamers, and The Mighty Gents.[3]

Harewood portrayed 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. He also played Dr. Julian Wilkes in the NBC (later syndicated) TV series Viper. He sang the national anthem at the 1994 Orange Bowl.

Personal life[edit]

Harewood was married to actress Nancy Harewood,[when?] with whom he has two children, Olivia Ruth and John Dorian.[citation needed] In 1984, he was married to actress Ann McCurry.[3]




Video games[edit]



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


  1. ^ Contemporary Theatre, Film and Television: Volume 1. Cengage. 1989. p. 168.
  2. ^ Davis, Mickey (February 23, 1979). "This actor's 'Roots' are in Dayton". The Journal Herald. Retrieved October 7, 2021.
  3. ^ a b c "Dorian Harewood: Hollywood's talented, versatile actor will star in TV films as Jesse Owens and N at King Cole". Ebony. Johnson Publishing Company. 39 (9): 55–60. July 1984. Retrieved November 5, 2021.
  4. ^ a b "Dorian Harewood (visual voices guide)". Behind The Voice Actors. Retrieved November 30, 2021. A green check mark indicates that a role has been confirmed using a screenshot (or collage of screenshots) of a title's list of voice actors and their respective characters found in its opening and/or closing credits and/or other reliable sources of information.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: postscript (link)

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