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CHARLES S. DUTTON extensive film credits include Spike Lee's Get On the Bus, A Time To Kill, No Mercy, Jackknife, Crocodile Dundee II and Q & A. He also starred in the features Mississippi Masala, Alien 3, The Distinguished Gentleman, Menace II Society, Rudy, Surviving the Game, Low Down Dirty Shame, Cry The Beloved Country and Nick of Time.

Dutton earned a B.A. from Townson State University and became active with the Baltimore Theater, where he performed in such plays as The Blacks, The Great White Hope, Of Mice and Men, Detective Story and the world premiere of Eugene lonesco's Man With Bags. Later he was accepted to Yale Drama School where his roles included Othello, King Lear and Baal. At Yale, he began working with playwright August Wilson and director Lloyd Richards, who became friends and mentors.

After graduation, Dutton moved to New York City, where his relationships with Wilson and Richards led to work with the Yale Repertory Theatre. He later made his Broadway debut in Wilson's Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, for which he received a Tony Award nomination. He appeared in Wilson's Joe Turner's Come and Gone, then starred in Wilson's Pulitzer Prize-winning play The Piano Lesson, for which he received a second Tony nomination. Dutton would later receive both Emmy and Golden Globe Award nominations for his performance in the CBS Hallmark Hall of Fame film of The Piano Lesson.

On television, Dutton starred in and executive-produced the series Roc, earning two Image Award nominations and winning the Award for Lead Actor in 1993. He also starred with Jack Lemmon in the Emmy Award-winning miniseries The Murder of Mary Phagen. Dutton also served as executive producer of the HBO limited series Laurel Avenue. He next appears in the NBC miniseries The 60's, scheduled to air in February.

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