Dorian Harewood

Willie Dorian Harewood (born August 6, 1950) is an American actor and voice-over artist.

Dorian Harewood
Dorian Harewood & Debbi Morgan
Wille Dorian Harewood

August 6, 1950 (age 68)
Dayton, Ohio, U.S.
OccupationActor, voice-over artist
Years active1975–present
Nancy Harewood (m. 1980)
Awards1994 - NAACP Image Award Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series, Mini-Series or Television Movie
(I'll Fly Away)


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 2012, he is an announcer for NBC.[1] He also played Dr. Julian Wilkes in the NBC (later syndicated) TV series Viper.

Personal life

Harewood was born in Dayton, Ohio, the son of Emerson Macaulay (1915–1980) and Estelle Olivia Harewood (1924–1991).[2] He has five siblings, Emerson M. Harewood, Jr. (deceased), Theolanda Harewood (deceased), Philip B. Harewood (deceased), Floranne E. Dunford and Lawanda G. Pitts. He graduated from the Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati in 1972.

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





Video games

  • Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers - Toussaint Gervais
  • Astro Boy - Dr. Tenma
  • Lost Planet: Extreme Condition - Gale
  • X-Men Legends - Shadow King
  • Onimusha 3: Demon Siege - Spirit of Onimusha[3]
  • Diablo III - Barbarian (Male)
  • Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance - N'mani



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


  1. ^ Owen, Rob (2012-03-02). "TV Q&A: 'Harry's Law,' 'Dancing with the Stars' and 'The Big Bang Theory'". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 2012-03-02.
  2. ^ Dorian Harewood Biography (1950-)
  3. ^ Capcom (2004-04-27). Onimusha 3: Demon Siege. Scene: Closing credits, 0:45 in, cast.

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Against All Odds (1984 film)

Against All Odds is a 1984 American romantic neo-noir thriller film. A remake of Out of the Past (1947), the film that currently holds a "Fresh" score of 67% on review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes. Against All Odds was directed by Taylor Hackford and stars Rachel Ward, Jeff Bridges and James Woods alongside Jane Greer (who had starred in Out of the Past), Alex Karras, Richard Widmark and Dorian Harewood. The film revolves around an aging American football star who is hired by a mobster to find his girlfriend.

The film's soundtrack, nominated for a Grammy Award, featured songs from Big Country, Kid Creole & the Coconuts, Stevie Nicks and Genesis breakout stars Mike Rutherford, Peter Gabriel and Phil Collins; the latter performed the title song, which was nominated for an Academy Award as Best Original Song and for a Golden Globe Award as Best Original Song, being one of the top-selling singles of 1984.

An American Christmas Carol

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Blokhedz is an independent comic book/graphic novel series created by the Madtwiinz, Mark and Mike Davis. Since the release of Issue #1 in 2004, the 4-book comic series has developed a small but dedicated underground fanbase. It is characterized by a gritty style, and its "unflinching" look at the harsh realities of inner city life.In February 2009, the creators announced a partnership with Gatorade to create an animated web-series for Blokhedz. The trailer and webisodes can be viewed on Gatorade's Mission G website. Talib Kweli plays the main character, Young Blak. Lauren London plays Essence, Blak's love interest. Bobbito García plays Eatho, the smart Puerto Rican b baller. Gary Sturgis plays Biskit, the leader of the biker gang, Wild Dawgs. Dorian Harewood plays King Tubby, the Rastafarian store owner technician.

Evasive Action (film)

Evasive Action is a 1998 American action film directed by Jerry P. Jacobs, and stars Roy Scheider, Dorian Harewood and Ray Wise.

Gray Lady Down

Gray Lady Down is a 1978 American submarine disaster film by Universal Studios starring Charlton Heston, David Carradine, Stacy Keach, Ned Beatty, Ronny Cox and Rosemary Forsyth, and includes the feature film debut of Christopher Reeve. It is based on David Lavallee's 1971 novel Event 1000.

Harewood (surname)

Harewood is a surname. Notable persons with that surname include:

Adrian Harewood, Canadian broadcaster

David Harewood, British actor

Dorian Harewood, American actor

Marlon Harewood, English footballer


ProStars is a cartoon television show featured on Saturday morning cartoon. It was produced by DIC Animation City and aired on NBC from September 14 to December 7, 1991. Three famous and popular professional athletes from the 1990s appear in the show in live action and as fictional super hero characters: Michael Jordan, Wayne Gretzky and Bo Jackson.

Sparkle (1976 film)

Sparkle is a 1976 American musical drama film directed by Sam O'Steen and released by Warner Bros. Pictures. With a plot inspired by the history of The Supremes, Sparkle is a period film set in Harlem, New York during the late 1950s and early 1960s. It presents the story of a musical girl group that ends up breaking apart due to individual issues each member faces. This film not only "recreates the magic of a special period in American history, but it explores the impact of Harlem's musical and social culture on the rest of the world", as well as the linkages to black power.The film stars Irene Cara, Philip Michael Thomas, Lonette McKee, Dwan Smith, Mary Alice, Dorian Harewood, and Tony King. Curtis Mayfield served as the composer and producer of Sparkle's songs and score.The film received generally negative reviews at the time of release and was a box office disappointment, only making $4 million against a $1 million budget. It since received a cult following. The film was remade in 2012 starring Jordin Sparks, Carmen Ejogo, Tika Sumpter, and Whitney Houston in her final film role.

Strike Force (TV series)

Strike Force is an American action-adventure/police procedural television series that aired on ABC during the 1981–1982 television season, and was produced by Aaron Spelling Productions. The program starred Robert Stack as Capt. Frank Murphy, the leader of a special unit of specialized detectives and police officers whose job is to stop violent criminals at any cost (usually with a hail of gunfire). Mixing elements of Stack's classic television series The Untouchables from 20 years earlier with doses of Mission: Impossible and Dirty Harry, the series immediately provoked controversy over its violence – at one point the series was labeled the most violent in American TV history – though the series attempted to interject liberal amounts of humor into its regular characters and balanced the violence by focusing on the detectives' personal lives.

Sudden Death (1995 film)

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The film was a box office disappointment in the United States, grossing less than $20.4 million at the box office on a $35 million budget. However, the film was a success internationally, particularly in Australia, Philippines, Germany, and the United Kingdom, making $64 million worldwide. In other countries, it made close to $50 million in profit with video sales. It received mixed to negative reviews at the time of its release, although retrospective reviews have been more positive and it is seen by many as one of Van Damme's best.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987 TV series, season 3)

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The California Raisin Show

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While the characters are traditionally depicted in claymation, the TV show was cel animated by Murakami-Wolf-Swenson. It did, however, maintain Will Vinton as creative director and executive producer. It takes place in a world populated by anthropomorphic fruits and vegetables and focuses on the main characters, the California Raisins: A.C. (vocals), Beebop (drums), Stretch (bass), and Red (guitar/piano). Each episode has one or more musical numbers.

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The Jesse Owens Story

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The Land Before Time (TV series)

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It was made as traditionally animated with computer-animated backgrounds, which the past sequels from The Land Before Time X: The Great Longneck Migration onwards have used, with occasional cel-shaded computer animated characters in wide shots. The main antagonists in the series are Red Claw, an evil villainous Tyrannosaurus, and Screech and Thud, two henchmen Velociraptor. The TV series takes place after the events of The Land Before Time XIII: The Wisdom of Friends, due to Chomper and Ruby being absent in that film.

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The Trials of Rosie O'Neill

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"Rosie" was produced by Cagney & Lacey producer Barney Rosenzweig, whom Gless married in 1991. The show did not sustain a sizable audience, and was canceled by CBS in 1992.

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