Reggie Hayes

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Reggie Hayes
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Born (1969-07-15) July 15, 1969 (age 53)
Occupation(s)Actor, screenwriter, director
Years active1996–present

Reginald C. Hayes (born July 15, 1969) is an American actor, screenwriter,[1] and director. He is best known for his role as William Dent on the UPN/CW show Girlfriends.

Early life[edit]

Hayes was born on July 15, 1969 in Chicago, Illinois—youngest of four children. He attended St. John's Northwestern Military Academy, who recognized him as one of three "Notable Men of the Academy". After the Academy, he attended Illinois State University, where he obtained a bachelor's degree in Theater. In 2004, he won the "Outstanding Young Alumni Award" and was a member of the Illinois Shakespeare Festival.


Hayes is an avid supporter of his community and worked alongside his sister at various events for a charity titled the "Reginald and Frances Hayes H.O.P.E. Scholarship Award".

Hayes is best known for his role as William Dent on UPN/CW's hit TV show Girlfriends that aired for eight years, ending in 2008. It earned him the "Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series" for three NAACP Image Awards. He went on to appear in several other movies and TV shows, including Criminal Minds, Will & Grace, NCIS, Femme Fatales and Abbott Elementary.

After a short career break, Hayes teamed up with Lock & Key Entertainment.

Hayes has spoken about the resurgence of interest in Girlfriends after its addition to Netflix.[2]


Year Award Category Recipient
2004 Outstanding Young Alumni Award Illinois State University, Class of 1991 Reginald C. Hayes
2005 NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Reginald C. Hayes
2007 NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Reginald C. Hayes
2011 Notable Men of the Academy Award St. John's Northwestern Military Academy Reginald C. Hayes

Actor Reginald C. Hayes was among the first to be recognized as one of three "Notable Men of the Academy" from St. John's Northwestern Military Academy on May 28, 2011.[3]


Year Film Role Notes
1996 Nick Freno: Licensed Teacher Mr. Mezz Crosby Episode: "Cheap-O's"
Space Above and Beyond Wallace Episode: "...Tell Our Moms We've Done Our Best"
A Family Thing Virgil's Friend Film
1997 Chicago Cab Architect Film
The Pretender Froman Episode: "Bomb Squad"
Something So Right Salesman Episode: "Something About Dante Proposing to Heather"
1998 Getting Personal Leon Main role
1999 Roswell Agent Hart Episode: "The Morning After"
Grown Ups Dominic Fowler Episode: "The Out of Work-Out"
Being John Malkovich Don Film
Party of Five Music Store Owner Episode: "Music Store Owner"
2000 Charlie's Angels Red Star Systems Techie Film
Then Came You Leon Episode: "Then Came Two Birthdays"
Will & Grace Dr. Osher Episode: "The Hospital Show"
2000–2008 Girlfriends William Jerome Dent TV series
2003 Kim Possible Dr. Freeman / Microwave Oven (voice) Episode: "Car Trouble"
The Twilight Zone Dr. Bernardi Episode: "Eye of the Beholder"
2009 Hummingbird Magic Reginald C. Hayes Documentary
2011 Femme Fatales Kevin Freeman Episode: "Speed Date"
2012 Criminal Minds Detective William Richards Episode: "The Wheels on the Bus"
2013 The Devon Taylor Show Mitchell Taylor TV film
The First Family Reginald the Magician Episode: "The First Butler"
Let's Stay Together Jessie, the mob boss 2 episodes
2013–2014 Hart of Dixie Don Todd Recurring role
2015 Carter High Mr. Russeau Film
NCIS Café Owner Episode: "Check"
2019 Black-ish Walter Episode: "Feminisn't"
2020 Kidding Dr. Andrew Jayhan Episode: "I Wonder What Grass Tastes Like"
2021 Black Lightning Mayor Billy Black 3 episodes
2022–present Abbott Elementary Superintendent Collins Recurring role


  • Chicago productions of "Chicago Conspiracy Trial"
  • "A Raisin in the Sun" The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
  • "Hellcab Does Christmas"
  • "Bang the Drum Slowly"
  • "Othello"
  • "Five Times Noh"
  • "Any Place but Here"
  • "Less Than Equal"
  • "Native Speech"
  • "No One Goes Mad"
  • "Inspecting Carol"
  • "Richard II"
  • Numerous other Shakespeare productions.


  1. ^ Speed Date, retrieved May 22, 2019
  2. ^ Metz, Nina (September 23, 2020). "'Girlfriends' star Reggie Hayes was on top of the world. Now the Chicago native is struggling to find work and battling congestive heart failure". Retrieved January 25, 2022.
  3. ^ "St. John's Northwestern Military Academy | SJNMA". St. John's Northwestern. Retrieved March 22, 2020.

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