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Dennis Dexter Haysbert
Dennis Haysbert
Cast
Occupation: Voice Actor
Character Portrayed: Irving Lambert
Quote: I think I'd make a great superhero. I'm serious. I want to play a superhero and I've already got one in mind. I think I've still got the body for the costume and it's something I really want to do.
Other Details
Date of Birth: June 2nd, 1954
Place of Birth: San Mateo, California, USA
Website: IMDb

Dennis Dexter Haysbert is an American actor who plays the voice of Irving Lambert in Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow. Haysbert also landed a role in Splinter Cell: Double Agent as the NSA Leader. He is best known as the spokesperson for Allstate and for his role as U.S. President David Palmer on the hit TV series 24.

BackgroundEdit

Haysbert was born in San Mateo, California, the son of Gladys (née Minor), a homemaker, and Charles Haysbert, Sr., a deputy sheriff. He is the eighth of nine children, having two sisters and six brothers. After high school, measuring 6 feet 4.5 inches (1.94 m) tall, Haysbert was offered various athletic scholarships, but instead chose to study acting at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Haysbert is a divorced father of two. He announced in April 2009 that he was starting a TV, film and documentary production company. His first project is a documentary for HBO about an up-and-coming boxer.

Haysbert has been acting in film and television since 1979, starting with a guest role in The White Shadow. His television guest starring roles include Lou Grant, Laverne & Shirley, The A-Team, Dallas, Magnum, P.I., Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, and Duckman. In 1993 he had a featured role in Return to Lonesome Dove as outlaw Cherokee Jack Jackson. In 1999, Haysbert starred with Eric Close in Now and Again, which was cancelled after its first season.

In 2001, Haysbert became better known when he was cast in 24 playing U.S. Senator David Palmer, who served as America's first Black President (in the context of the show) during the second and third seasons. He also returned as a guest star in the last six episodes of season 4 and the first episode of season 5. He stated in an interview for the show that the three men he admires most — Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and Colin Powell — collectively embody his idea of what a President should be. Haysbert believes that his playing of David Palmer on 24 helped Barack Obama — whom Haysbert supported — to win the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination.

Haysbert was the first actor to portray DC Comics character Kilowog, a member of the Green Lantern Corps, in a medium outside of comics. He provided the voice of Kilowog on various episodes of Justice League and Justice League Unlimited.

On March 4, 2006, Haysbert guest starred on the Saturday Night Live episode hosted by Natalie Portman as the host of a live action/animated TV Funhouse cartoon called Belated Black History Moment. In his role, Haysbert paid homage to fictional short-lived Saturday morning cartoons featuring African-American characters, such as "Ladysmith Black Mambazo in Outer Space".

Haysbert portrayed the lead character Jonas Blane in the CBS action-drama The Unit, which ended after its fourth season on 10th May 2009.

Mr. Haysbert hosted and narrated the Military History Channel presentation of Secrets of Pearl Harbor which documented his scuba dives with a film team on World War II era Japanese and American warships in the Pacific Theater of action.

In 1989, Haysbert got his first major film role portraying Pedro Cerrano, a voodoo-practicing Cuban refugee baseball player, in the movie Major League. In it, he uttered the memorable line: "Is very bad to steal Jobu's rum; is very bad". Haysbert followed that up with a role in 1990's Navy SEALs, which also starred Charlie Sheen, before moving on to another baseball movie, Mr. Baseball with Tom Selleck. In 1992, he co-starred with Michelle Pfeiffer in Love Field, a film about a series of events occurring contemporaneously with the assassination and funeral of President John F. Kennedy.

In 1994, Haysbert reprised his role as Cerrano in Major League II. This was followed by low key appearances in Waiting to Exhale, Heat, and Absolute Power. In 1998, Haysbert made another appearance as Cerrano in Major League: Back to the Minors. In 1999, Haysbert played a police detective in three different films: The Minus Man, The Thirteenth Floor, and Random Hearts.

In 2002, Haysbert played the role of gardener Raymond Deagan in Far From Heaven. He won three awards (Satellite Award, Black Reel Award, and Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Award) for Best Supporting Actor for that role. In 2005, he had a supporting role in Sam Mendes's film, Jarhead. In 2007, Haysbert returned to the big screen to portray Nelson Mandela in Goodbye Bafana and an FBI agent in Breach.

Haysbert is the official spokesman for the Allstate Insurance Company. His commercials typically end with one of the two Allstate Corporation official slogans, either Are you in good hands? or That's Allstate's stand. More recently however his commercials have combined the two with "That's Allstate's stand. Are you in good hands?". Haysbert also voices the Military Channel's commercials with their official slogan: "The Military Channel -- Go Behind the Lines."

In addition to his acting, Haysbert has also done voice work for various video games, most notably as Irving Lambert in the second installment of Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell and narrator of Call of Duty: Finest Hour. He also voiced David Palmer in 24: The Game.

FilmologyEdit

ActorEdit

This is a selected list, for Dennis Haysbert's complete filmography see IMDb.

  • Vanilla Gorilla (2009) .... Moses
  • The Details (2010)
  • The Unit .... Jonas Blane (69 episodes, 2006-2009)
  • Cessation (2008) .... Dexter
  • Breach (2007) .... Dean Plesac
  • Goodbye Bafana (2007) .... Nelson Mandela
    • aka The Color of Freedom (USA: DVD title)
  • Splinter Cell: Double Agent (2006) (VG) .... NSA Leader
  • 24: The Game (2006) (VG) (voice) .... David Palmer
  • 24 .... President David Palmer / ... (79 episodes, 2001-2006)
  • Jarhead (2005) .... Major Lincoln
  • Stories of the Innocence Project .... Narrator (1 episode, 2005)
  • Empire (2005) TV mini-series .... Magonius
  • Secrets of Pearl Harbor (2004) (TV) .... Host/Narrator
  • Call of Duty: Finest Hour (2004) (VG) (voice) .... Narrator
  • Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow (2004) (VG) (voice) .... Irving Lambert
  • Justice League .... Kilowog (3 episodes, 2001-2003)
    • aka "Justice League Unlimited" (USA: third season title)
  • Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas (2003) (voice) .... Kale
  • Static Shock .... Chief Barnsdale / ... (4 episodes, 2001-2003)
  • Ticker (2002) (uncredited) .... FBI Agent
    • aka The Hire: Ticker (USA: series title)
  • Far from Heaven (2002) .... Raymond Deagan
  • The Outer Limits .... Joshua Finch (1 episode, 2001)
    • aka The New Outer Limits (USA: promotional title)
  • Soul Food .... Rick Grant (2 episodes, 2001)
  • Now and Again .... Dr. Theodore Morris (22 episodes, 1999-2000)
  • Love & Basketball (2000) .... Zeke McCall
  • What's Cooking? (2000) .... Ronald Williams
  • Random Hearts (1999) .... Detective George Beaufort
  • Superman .... Agent #1 / ... (2 episodes, 1998-1999)
    • aka Superman: The Animated Series (USA: informal alternative title)
  • The Thirteenth Floor (1999) .... Detective Larry McBain
  • The Minus Man (1999) .... Graves
  • The New Batman Adventures .... Barkley James (1 episode, 1998)
    • aka Batman: The Animated Series Volume Four (USA: DVD box title)
  • Major League: Back to the Minors (1998) .... Pedro Cerrano
  • How to Make the Cruelest Month (1998) .... Manhattan Parks
  • Standoff (1998) .... Ty 'Bama' Jones
  • Absolute Power (1997) .... Tim Collin
  • Amanda (1996) .... Seven/Sir Jordan
  • The Writing on the Wall (1996) (TV) .... Sullivan
  • Duckman: Private Dick/Family Man (1 episode, 1996)
  • Widow's Kiss (1996) (TV) .... Eddie Costello
  • Insomnia (1996) .... Arthur
  • Waiting to Exhale (1995) .... Kenneth Dawkins
  • Heat (1995) .... Donald Breedan
  • Major League II (1994) .... Pedro Cerrano
  • American Playhouse .... Rev. Oliver Crawford (1 episode, 1993)
  • Return to Lonesome Dove (1993) TV mini-series .... Cherokee Jack Jackson
  • Suture (1993) .... Clay Arlington
  • Queen (1993) TV mini-series .... Davis
  • Love Field (1992) .... Paul Cater
  • Mr. Baseball (1992) .... Max 'Hammer' Dubois
  • K-9000 (1991) (TV) .... Nick Sanrio
  • Navy Seals (1990) .... Graham
  • Night Court .... James Morgan (1 episode, 1989)
  • Major League (1989) .... Pedro Cerrano
  • Just the Ten of Us .... Coach Duane Johnson (9 episodes, 1988-1989)
  • Out of This World .... Reverend Williams (1 episode, 1988)
  • Crime Story .... Franklin Himes (2 episodes, 1988)
  • Growing Pains .... Frank / ... (3 episodes, 1985-1988)
  • Wilder Westen, inclusive" (1988) TV mini-series .... Thief
  • The Facts of Life .... Sgt. Evans (1 episode, 1987)
  • Our House (1 episode, 1987)
  • Valerie .... Dr. Ervin (1 episode, 1987)
  • Easy Street .... Chip (1 episode, 1987)
  • Knots Landing .... Police Officer (1 episode, 1987)
  • Scarecrow and Mrs. King .... Kimambo (1 episode, 1986)
  • The Young and the Restless .... Ron Clark (7 episodes, 1986)
  • 227 .... Sgt. Banks (1 episode, 1986)
  • The Fall Guy .... Jeremy Wolf (1 episode, 1986)
  • What's Happening Now! .... Policeman (1 episode, 1986)
  • Magnum, P.I. .... Lieutenant Jameson, USN (1 episode, 1985)
  • Off the Rack .... Cletus Maxwell (6 episodes, 1985)
  • A Summer to Remember (1985) (TV) .... Sheriff Pierce
  • Gimme a Break! .... Rev. Winfield (1 episode, 1984)
  • Riptide .... Odell (1 episode, 1984)
  • Dallas .... Dr. Forbes (1 episode, 1984)
  • The Return of Marcus Welby, M.D. (1984) (TV) .... Dr. Beaumont
  • The A-Team .... Psych Ward Staff (1 episode, 1983)
  • Code Red (1981) TV series .... 'Stuff' Wade (unknown episodes)
  • Grambling's White Tiger (1981) (TV) .... James 'Shack' Harris
  • Code Red (1981) (TV) .... Stuff Wade
  • Buck Rogers in the 25th Century .... Communication-Probe Officer / ... (5 episodes, 1980-1981)
  • Quincy M.E. .... Driver / ... (2 episodes, 1980-1981)
  • Galactica 1980 .... Imperious Leader (1 episode, 1980)
    • aka "Battlestar Galactica" (USA: syndication title)
  • The Incredible Hulk .... Guard (1 episode, 1980)
  • Laverne & Shirley .... Navy Shore Patrolman (1 episode, 1979)
  • The White Shadow .... Basketball Player (1 episode, 1979)
  • Lou Grant .... Victor (1 episode, 1978)

=ProducerEdit

  • When the Dragon Swallowed the Sun (2009) (completed) (producer)
  • The Unit (co-producer) (19 episodes, 2008-2009)
  • Cessation (2008) (executive producer)

DirectorEdit

  • The Unit (1 episode, 2009)

ThanksEdit

  • Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson (2004) (extra special thanks)

SelfEdit

  • When the Dragon Swallowed the Sun (2009) (completed) .... Narration
  • The Bonnie Hunt Show .... Himself (1 episode, 2009)
  • Entertainment Tonight .... Himself (1 episode, 2009)
  • The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson .... Himself (1 episode, 2009)
  • Tavis Smiley .... Himself (2 episodes, 2004-2008)
  • The Night James Brown Saved Boston (2008) (TV) (voice) .... Narrator
  • Saravia (2008) .... Himself
  • The Girls Next Door .... Himself - Actor (1 episode, 2008)
  • CBS Cares .... Himself (1 episode, 2008)
  • The View .... Himself (2 episodes, 2006-2007)
  • Corazón de... .... Himself (2 episodes, 2007)
  • Late Show with David Letterman .... Himself (1 episode, 2007)
  • 38th NAACP Image Awards (2007) (TV) .... Himself - Presenter
  • Late Night with Conan O'Brien .... Himself (2 episodes, 2002-2006)
  • The 58th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards (2006) (TV) .... Himself
  • Jimmy Kimmel Live! .... Himself (2 episodes, 2003-2006)
  • Saturday Night Live .... Himself (2 episodes, 2006)
  • The Making of 'Heat' (2005) (V) .... Himself
  • The 59th Annual Tony Awards (2005) (TV) .... Himself - Presenter: Best Direction of a Play
  • Negermagasinet .... Himself (1 episode, 2005)
  • Zulu Awards '04 (2004) (TV) .... Himself
  • Good Morning Australia .... Himself (1 episode, 2004)
  • 35th NAACP Image Awards (2004) (TV) .... Himself
  • How2 Make It As an Actor (2004) (V) .... Himself
  • How2 Make It in Film and Television (2004) (V) .... Himself
  • The Making of 'Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas' (2003) (V) .... Himself
  • 24: Access All Areas (2003) (TV) .... Himself
  • HBO First Look .... Himself (1 episode, 2003)
  • ESPY Awards (2003) (TV)
  • Pure 24 .... Himself (2 episodes, 2003)
  • 100 Years of Hope and Humor (2003) (TV) .... Himself
  • When I Fall in Love: The One & Only Nat King Cole (2003) (TV) .... Narrator
  • 34th NAACP Image Awards (2003) (TV) .... Himself
  • The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn .... Himself (1 episode, 2003)
  • National Geographic: The FBI (2003) (TV) .... Narrator
  • The Making of 'Far from Heaven' (2002) (TV) .... Himself
  • The 54th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards (2002) (TV) .... Presenter
  • 24: The Postmortem (2002) (TV) .... Himself
  • 24 Heaven (2002) (TV) .... Himself
  • Liquid News .... Himself (1 episode, 2002)
  • The Rosie O'Donnell Show .... Himself (1 episode, 2002)
  • The 54th Annual Tony Awards (2000) (TV) .... Himself - Presenter

Archived FootageEdit

  • President Hollywood (2008) (TV) (uncredited) .... President David Palmer
  • Saturday Night Live: The Best of Saturday TV Funhouse (2006) (V) (uncredited) .... Himself

TriviaEdit

  • Haysbert was cast to play the voice of Irving Lambert in [[Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow because Don Jordan was not available to voice the character at the time of the game's development.
  • He has two children with Lynn Griffith: Charles Haysbert and Katharine Haysbert.
  • He was a defensive end on his high school football team.
  • Graduated from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts (AADA).
  • Grand marshal of the "Allstate 400 at the Brickyard" auto race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on 7 August 2005.
  • Attended San Mateo High School in San Mateo, California.
  • He is also a certified Deep Sea Diver per Discovery Channel "Secrets of Pearl Harbor" in June 2008 that he hosts, narrates and stars in.
  • Lives in Malibu, California.
  • A car buff, he owns both a Range Rover and a Bentley. (2006).
  • His parents were married for 51 years before his father's death.
  • When he first moved to Los Angeles he worked in a grocery store and took classes at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. When he wasn't in class or working at the store, Haysbert says, he consumed any self-help book he could get his hands on, including How to Visualize What You Want and The Power of Positive Thinking.
  • Enjoys golf, tennis and scuba diving in his spare time.
  • The eighth of nine children.
  • In the photo caption for his San Mateo, California, high school yearbook. He cited having his face on the cover of Ebony and TV Guide as life goals, both of which he later achieved.

See AlsoEdit

SourcesEdit

  1. IMDb
  2. Wikipedia

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