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CHARLES S. DUTTON's (Ken Karsch) career spans theater, television and film. He is one of a select group of actors to be honored with Tony, Emmy and Golden Globe nominations for the same role.

Best known for his performance in the title role of the FOX comedy-drama "Roc.” Dutton's film work includes Against the Ropes with Meg Ryan, which he also directed, the hit thriller Gothika opposite Halle Berry, Robert Altman's comedy-drama Cookie's Fortune, for which he received an Independent Spirit Award nomination, Random Hearts opposite Harrison Ford and Kristen Scott Thomas, Spike Lee's Get on the Bus, A Time To Kill, No Mercy, Jackknife, Crocodile Dundee II, and Q & A. Dutton also starred in Mississippi Masala, Alien 3, The Distinguished Gentleman, and Menace II Society, as well as Rudy, Surviving The Game, Low Down Dirty Shame, Cry, The Beloved Country, Mimic and Nick of Time. He will soon be seen in The L.A. Riot Spectacular and Something the Lord Made. 

On television, Dutton recently starred as Police Chief Charles Moose in the docudrama "D.C. Sniper: 23 Days of Fear” and he won the Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series for his work on "Without A Trace” and "The Practice.” He won the Black Reel Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Robert Townsend's "10,000 Black Men Named George” and won the Black Reel for Best Director for his work on the HBO miniseries "The Corner.” He starred and executive-produced "Roc,” earning two Image Award nominations and winning the Image Award for Lead Actor in 1993. He also starred with Jack Lemon in the Emmy Award-winning miniseries "The Murder of Mary Phagan.”

Dutton also served as executive-producer of the HBO Limited Series "Laurel Avenue.” He starred in Nickelodeon's "Are You Afraid of the Dark?” as well as "Zooman.” Other TV credits include the TNT telefilm "Deadlocked,” HBO's "Havana Nocturne,” the NBC miniseries "The 60s” and the critically acclaimed Showtime original feature "Blind Faith,” which made its debut at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival. Dutton's role in the film earned him SAG and Independent Spirit Award nominations. He made his directorial debut in "First Time Felon,” an HBO Original movie that garnered some of the network's highest ratings. 

Dutton earned a B.A. from Towson State University and became active in 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 Ionesco'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.

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

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