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Charles Dutton Biography

Birth Place:
Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Actor, director

Fast Facts

  • As a child, he was called "Rockhead" because of his involvement in neighborhood rock fights
  • The nickname was shortened to "Roc" when he became an amateur boxer
  • Served time in prison for manslaughter and other offenses
  • In prison, started up a theater group after reading the play Day of Absence by Douglas Turner Ward
  • In 1984, made professional stage debut in Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, the first Broadway play by Pulitzer Prize winner August Wilson
  • Wrote and performed a one-man play, From Jail to Yale: Serving Time on Stage (2008), about the journey from his troubled youth in Baltimore to becoming an accomplished actor


  • 2003Emmy-Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series: winner
  • 2002Emmy-Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series: winner
  • 2000Emmy-Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special: winner
  • 2000Independent Spirit Awards-Best Supporting Male: nominated
  • 1999Independent Spirit Awards-Best Supporting Male: nominated
  • 1998Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries: nominated
  • 1996Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: nominated
  • 1995Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Special: nominated