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A graduate of the Yale School of Drama, CHARLES S. DUTTON (Willie "Pops” Davis) has a career spanning theater, television and film, and is one of the few actors to earn Tony, Emmy and Golden Globe Award nominations for the same role. He created the lead roles in three of August Wilson's early plays: Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, Jo Turner's Come and Gone and The Piano Lesson. He received multiple award nominations, including a Tony Award nomination for Best Actor (Featured Role in a Play), for Ma Rainey's Black Bottom and The Piano Lesson. He was also nominated for an Emmy Award and a Golden Globe Award for the Hallmark Hall of Fame presentation of The Piano Lesson.

Dutton 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 '60s, Deadlocked and Aftershock: Earthquake in New York. His episodic appearances include House M.D., The Sopranos and the HBO series Oz, among others. He won Emmy Awards for his guest-starring roles in Without a Trace and The Practice.

Dutton is a veteran of numerous feature films such as Q & A; Alien3; Menace II Society; Rudy; A Low Down Dirty Shame; Cry, the Beloved Country; Nick of Time; A Time to Kill; Get on the Bus; Cookie's Fortune (for which he received an Independent Spirit Award nomination); Gothika; and Secret Window. This winter, he can be seen in the new John Sayles film Honeydripper.

Dutton 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 an Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special in 2000. Dutton's feature film directorial debut was the 2004 Paramount Pictures film Against the Ropes. In 2006, he directed multiple episodes of the Showtime series Sleeper Cell, for which he received a Directors Guild of America Award nomination. Most recently, he directed the Lifetime Television movie Racing for Time and the pilot Under for A&E. Dutton recently finished shooting the Screen Gems feature Legion, co-starring Paul Bettany and Dennis Quaid.

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