|A graduate of The Yale School of Drama, Charles S. Dutton has a career spanning theater, television and film, and is one of the few actors to earn Tony, Emmy and Golden Globe nominations for the same role. He created the lead roles in three of August Wilson’s early plays: “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”, “Jo Turners’ Come and Gone”, and “The Piano Lesson”. He received multiple award nominations, including the Tony for Best Actor for “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” and “The Piano Lesson”. He was also nominated for an Emmy Award and a Golden Globe for The Hallmark Hall of Fame presentation of “The Piano Lesson”.
Charles starred in and executive produced the Fox comedy/drama “Roc”, produced by HBO, for which he received several NAACP Image Award nominations. He has numerous television credits, including the miniseries “The Murder of Mary Phagan”, “The 60’s”, “Deadlock”, and “Aftershock”. His episodic appearances include “House”, “The Sopranos” and the HBO series “Oz”, among others. He won Emmy’s for his guest starring roles in “Without a Trace” and “The Practice”.
He is a veteran of numerous feature films such as “Q & A”, “Aliens 3”, “Menace II Society”, “Rudy”, “A Low Down Dirty Shame”, “Cry, Beloved Country”, “Nick of Time”, “A Time to Kill”, “Get on the Bus”, “Cookie’s Fortune” (for which he received and Independent Spirit Award nomination), “Gothika”, and “Secret Window”. In winter of 2008 he can be seen in the new John Sayles film “Honeydripper”. He most recently was in the Universal feature “The Express” and soon can be seen in the upcoming Screen Gems feature “Legion” with Paul Bettany and Denis Quaid.
He made his directorial debut in 1997 with the HBO movie “First Time Felon”. He also directed the award winning HBO miniseries “The Corner”, for which he received a 2001 Best Director Emmy. His feature film directorial debut was the 2004 Paramount film “Against the Ropes”. In 2006 he directed multiple episodes of the Showtime series “Sleeper Cell”, for which he received a DGA Award nomination. Most recently he directed the the Lifetime movie “Racing For Time”, and the pilot “Under” for A&E.