Omar Dorsey

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Omar Dorsey
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Dorsey at the 2017 Miami International Film Festival showing of Cargo
Born (1975-12-22) December 22, 1975 (age 43)

Omar J. Dorsey (born December 22, 1975) is an American actor. He has appeared in films The Blind Side (2009), Django Unchained (2012), and Selma (2014) playing James Orange. In 2016, Dorsey began starring as Hollywood Desonier in the Oprah Winfrey Network drama series, Queen Sugar.


Dorsey played small parts in a number of films early in his career, including Juwanna Mann, Starsky & Hutch, and The Blind Side.[1] In 2012, he co-starred in Django Unchained.[2] On television, he guest-starred on ER, The Shield, The Mentalist, Castle, Rizzoli & Isles, and NCIS. He had recurring roles in the Showtime drama Ray Donovan as Cookie Brown, the Fox comedy-drama Rake, and the HBO comedy Eastbound & Down.[3][4]

In 2014, Dorsey played Civil Rights Movement activist James Orange in the historical drama film Selma directed by Ava DuVernay.[5] In 2016, DuVernay cast Dorsey in her drama series Queen Sugar for Oprah Winfrey Network.[6][7]

Personal life[edit]

Dorsey was born in Decatur, Georgia. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife[8] and two daughters.[9]


Year Title Role Notes
2000 Road Trip Lawrence
2001 Boycott MLK Guard Television film
2001 Losing Grace Opposing Player
2002 Juwanna Mann Rickey
2002 Drumline James
2004 Starsky & Hutch Lamell
2005 The Reading Room Ned Television film
2006 School for Scoundrels Lawrence
2006 Our House Milkbone Television film
2008 Ninja Cheerleaders Manny
2009 Race to Witch Mountain The Vegas Police Officer Hough
2009 The Blind Side 'Big Tony' Hamilton
2010 The Wronged Man Leroy Matthews Television film
2010 Louis Walter
2011 Setup G Money
2012 Django Unchained Chicken Charlie
2014 Heaven's Hard Pitches Michael Oso Short film
2014 Ray Donovan Cookie Brown
2014 Eastbound & Down Dontel Benjamin
2014 Selma James Orange
2015 Hollywood Adventures Airport Staff
2015 Viper Andre Short film
2015 Bolden! Walter
2015 Bad Things Pugie Hudson Short film
2016 9 Rides Uber Pool Man
2016 Dog Eat Dog Moon Man
2016 Cargo Eddie
2016 Aquarius Ralph Church Season 2 recurring role
2016–present Queen Sugar Hollywood Desonier
2017 Blue Bloods Ernie "Goodnight" Mason Episode: "Not Fade Away"
2017 Hell's Kitchen Himself Episode: "Aerial Maneuvers"
2017 Thank You for Your Service Dante
2018 Halloween[10] Sheriff Barker
2019 When They See Us Elombre Brath Miniseries


  1. ^ "Omar Dorsey's 7 Tips for Standing Out as an Actor". Backstage. 19 November 2013.
  2. ^ "Omar Dorsey on new show 'Rake' and why 'Django Unchained' made him a better actor [Exclusive]". 14 January 2014.
  3. ^ "Omar J. Dorsey Joins Showtime's 'Ray Donovan'". Deadline Hollywood. 3 April 2014.
  4. ^ "'Eastbound & Down' Enlists 'Django Unchained' Actor for Final Season (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. 8 July 2013.
  6. ^ Denise Petski. "'Queen Sugar' Adds Dawn-Lyen Gardner, Kofi Siriboe, Omar J. Dorsey - Deadline". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 19 February 2016.
  7. ^ Tambay A. Obenson (27 January 2016). "Omar J. Dorsey, Dawn-Lyen Gardner, Kofi Siriboe Join 'Que - Shadow and Act". Shadow and Act. Retrieved 19 February 2016.
  8. ^ Actors Anonymous Podcast Interview
  9. ^ "Omar J. Dorsey Interview". debbiethreet. 26 November 2012.
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