Dorian Harewood

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Dorian Harewood
Born (1950-08-06) August 6, 1950 (age 73)
EducationUniversity of Cincinnati (BFA)
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] 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]

Harewood is currently starring as Older Noah Calhoun in the Broadway production of The Notebook, a role which he was nominated for the Tony award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical.[34]

Personal life[edit]

Harewood married actress Nancy Ann McCurry[35] on February 14, 1979.[2] The couple have two children, Olivia Ruth[36] and John Dorian.[35]



Year Title Role Notes
1975 Foster and Laurie Gregory Foster[37]
1976 Sparkle Levi Brown
1977 Panic in Echo Park Dr. Michael Stoner [38]
1978 Gray Lady Down Lieutenant Fowler
1981 Looker Lieutenant Masters [39]
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 [40]
1987 Full Metal Jacket "Eightball"
1988 God Bless the Child Calvin Reed [41]
1989 Kiss Shot Kevin Marick [42]
1990 Pacific Heights Dennis Reed [43]
1990 Solar Crisis Borg
1994 The Pagemaster Jamaican Pirate Voice[30]
1995 Sudden Death Agent Matthew Hallmark [44]
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 [45]
1998 Evasive Action Luke Sinclair [46]
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[47]
1979 Roots: The Next Generations Simon Haley Episodes 3–7
1979 An American Christmas Carol Matt Reeves Television film[48]
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[49]
1983 Matt Houston Jerry "The Rock" Lennox Episode: "The Rock and the Hard Place"
1983 Trauma Center Dr. Nate "Skate" Baylor [50]
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[51]
1989–1990 China Beach Major Otis Episodes 34-36
1990 Polly: Comin' Home! Dr. Shannon Television film[51]
1990-1992 The Trials of Rosie O'Neill Hank Mitchell 26 episodes
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 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[edit]

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]



  • "Show Me (One More Time)" (recorded in the 1980s)
  • Love Will Stop Calling (1988) (Emeric Records/Ichiban Records/EMI)
  • Have A Little (2001) (USA Music Group)


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