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DENNIS HAYSBERT (Dean Plesac) captured the attention of audiences and critics alike with his portrayal of President David Palmer on Fox's hit series 24, for which he received his first Golden Globe nomination. He returned to television last March, starring in his own series, The Unit, for CBS, which premiered with record-breaking ratings. Haysbert was most recently seen on the big screen in Sam Mendes' film Jarhead, for Universal Pictures. He most recently completed production on the film Goodbye Bafana, in which he plays the role of a lifetime, Nelson Mandela, opposite Joseph Fiennes and Diane Kruger for director Bille August.

In addition, Haysbert starred opposite Julianne Moore in Todd Haynes' critically acclaimed Far From Heaven. His other film credits include Spike Lee's Love & Basketball, opposite Omar Epps; Absolute Power, opposite Clint Eastwood and Gene Hackman; Love Field, opposite Michelle Pfeiffer; Major League, as Pedro Cerrano; Heat, with Al Pacino and Robert De Niro; Random Hearts; What's Cooking?; Waiting to Exhale; The Thirteenth Floor; Navy Seals; Suture; and opposite Brad Pitt, Catherine Zeta Jones and Michelle Pfeiffer in DreamWorks' animated film Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas. Haysbert also appeared on the small screen in the critically acclaimed CBS series Now and Again.

Born and raised in Northern California, Haysbert's acting career began when he won his first television role on the Emmy-winning episode of Lou Grant, which costarred Jesse Jackson. He is very active in the fight against AIDS and, in 2000, became the spokesperson for the Harlem Health Expo "Break the Silence.” Currently, he is the spokesperson for the National Leadership Commission on AIDS as well as the Western Center on Law and Poverty.

He currently resides in Los Angeles.

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