Dennis Haysbert

June 2, 1954

Dennis Dexter Haysbert(born June 2, 1954) is an American film and television actor .He is known for portraying baseball player Pedro Cerrano in theMajor Leaguefilm trilogy, David Palmer on the American television series24, and Sergeant Major Jonas Blane on the drama seriesThe Unit, as well as his work in commercials for Allstate Insurance .

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 Dennis Haysbert's Personal life

His first project was to be a documentary for HBO about an up-and-coming boxer.During the 2010 California elections, Haysbert supported Democratic Senatorial Incumbent Barbara Boxer by appearing with her at campaign events as well as recording radio commercials.

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 Dennis Haysbert's Career


Haysbert has been acting in film and television since 1979, starting with a guest role inThe White Shadow. His television guest starring roles includeLou Grant,Growing Pains,Laverne & Shirley,The A-Team,Night Court,Dallas,The Incredible Hulk,Magnum, P.I.,Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, andDuckman. In 1993, he had a featured role inReturn to Lonesome Doveas outlaw Cherokee Jack Jackson. In 1999, Haysbert starred with Eric Close inNow and Again, which was cancelled after its first season.

24helped Barack Obama —whom Haysbert supported—to win the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination .

Haysbert was the first actor to portray DC Comics character Kilowog , a member of the Green Lantern Corps , in a medium outside of comics. He provided the voice of Kilowog on various episodes ofJustice LeagueandJustice League Unlimited.

On March 4, 2006, Haysbert guest starred on theSaturday Night Liveepisode hosted by Natalie Portman as the host of a live action/animatedTV Funhousecartoon called "Belated Black History Moment". In his role, Haysbert paid homage to fictional short-lived Saturday morning cartoons featuring black characters, such as Ladysmith Black Mambazo in Outer Space. He also portrayed Nelson Mandela inGoodbye Bafana(also released under the nameThe Color of Freedom).

Haysbert portrayed the lead character Jonas Blane in the CBS action-dramaThe Unit, which ended after its fourth season on May 10, 2009.

He hosted and narrated the Military History Channel presentation ofSecrets of Pearl Harbor, which documented his scuba dives with a film team on World War II era Japanese and American warships in the Pacific Theater of action.

In March 2013, Haysbert narrated the documentary "The World According to Dick Cheney" on the Showtime television channel

In 2015, Haysbert plays Detective John Almond in Backstrom .



In 1989, Haysbert got his first major film role portraying Pedro Cerrano, a voodoo -practicing Cuban refugee baseball player, in the movieMajor League. In it, he uttered the memorable line: "Is very bad to steal Jobu's rum; is very bad".


, which also starred Charlie Sheen and Michael Biehn, before moving on to another baseball movie,Mr. Baseballwith Tom Selleck . In 1991, he also starred inK-9000, where he played a police officer named Nick Sanrio. In 1992, he co-starred with Michelle Pfeiffer inLove Field, a film about a series of events occurring contemporaneously with the assassination and funeral of President John F. Kennedy .

In 1994, Haysbert reprised his role as Cerrano inMajor League II. This was followed by low key appearances inWaiting to Exhale,Heat, andAbsolute Power. In 1998, Haysbert made another appearance as Cerrano inMajor League: Back to the Minors. In 1999, Haysbert played a police detective in three different films:The Minus Man,The Thirteenth Floor, andRandom Hearts.


In 2000, Haysbert played the role of Zeke McCall inLove & Basketball. In 2002, Haysbert played the role of gardener Raymond Deagan inFar From Heaven. He won three awards (Satellite Award, Black Reel Award, and Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Award) for Best Supporting Actor for that role. In 2005, he had a supporting role in Sam Mendes 's film,Jarhead. In 2007, Haysbert returned to the big screen to portray Nelson Mandela inGoodbye Bafanaand an FBI agent inBreach.


Sin City: A Dame to Kill For(2014).

In 2014, Haysbert played the role of Dean Fairbanks in the movie Dear White People .


Are you in good hands?orThat's Allstate's stand.More recently however his commercials have combined the two with "That's Allstate's stand. Are you in good hands?". He has also appeared in Spanish language commercials with the line "Con Allstate, Estás En Buenos Manos." (You're in good hands with Allstate.) In 2009–2010 Allstate used the Neil Sedaka song " Breaking Up Is Hard to Do " in television commercials to promote Allstate's car insurance. Breaking up is hard to do, the ads averred, unless one has an Allstate agent to undertake the deed for the customer (switching from another insurer to Allstate). The viewer learned that "breaking up iseasyto do" as reassured on the screen by Haysbert. In his role as spokesman for Allstate, Haysbert officiated the coin toss prior to the 2007 Sugar Bowl between LSU and Notre Dame .

In one of these ads, Haysbert warns consumers about lenders' targeting minorities for inferior loan products.

Haysbert also voices the Military Channel 's commercials with their official slogan: "The Military Channel—Go Behind the Lines."

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In addition to his acting, Haysbert has also done voice work for various video games , most notably as Irving Lambert in theTom Clancy's Splinter Cellseries and narrator ofCall of Duty: Finest Hour. He also voiced David Palmer in24: The Game.


In June 2010, Haysbert joined the cast of David Mamet 'sRaceon Broadway as character Henry Brown, performing alongside actors Eddie Izzard , Richard Thomas , and Afton Williamson. The play ran until August 21, 2010.

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 Dennis Haysbert's Filmography


1979 Scoring Lt. Harrigan
1989 Major League Pedro Cerrano
1990 Navy Seals Graham
1992 Mr. Baseball Max "Hammer" Dubois
1992 Love Field Paul Cater
1993 Suture Clay Arlington
1993 Alex Haley's Queen Davis
1994 Major League II Pedro Cerrano
1995 Heat Donald Breedan
1995 Waiting to Exhale Kenneth Dawkins
1996 Amanda Seven/Sir Jordan
1997 Absolute Power Tim Collin
1998 How to Make the Cruelest Month Manhattan Parks
1998 Major League: Back to the Minors Pedro Cerrano
1999 The Minus Man Graves
1999 The Thirteenth Floor Detective Larry McBain
1999 Random Hearts Detective George Beaufort
2000 What's Cooking? Ronald Williams
2000 Love & Basketball Zeke McCall
2002 Far from Heaven Raymond Deagan
2003 Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas Kale Voice
2005 Jarhead Major Lincoln
2007 Goodbye Bafana Nelson Mandela
2007 Breach Dean Plesac
2011 The Details Lincoln
2011 Kung Fu Panda 2 Master Storming Ox Voice
2012 LUV Mr. Fish
2012 Wreck-It Ralph General Hologram Voice
2013 Welcome to the Jungle Mr. Crawford
2013 Battledogs Lt. General Christopher Monning
2014 Mr. Peabody & Sherman Judge Voice
2014 Think Like a Man Too Uncle Eddie
2014 Life of a King Searcy
2014 Sin City: A Dame to Kill For Manute
2014 Men, Women & Children Secretluvur
2014 Sniper: Legacy The Colonel
2014 Dear White People The Dean
2014 How Murray Saved Christmas Narrator
2015 Experimenter Ossie Davis
2015 Dead Rising: Watchtower Digital film


1978 Lou Grant Victor Episode: "Schools"
1979 The White Shadow Basketball Player Episode: "Wanna Bet?"
1979 Laverne & Shirley Navy Shore Patrolman Episode: "What Do You Do with a Drunken Sailor?"
1980 Quincy M.E. Fred Episode: "New Blood"
1980 The Incredible Hulk Guard Episode: "Nine Hours"
1980 Galactica 1980 Imperious Leader Episode: "Space Croppers"
1980–1981 Buck Rogers in the 25th Century Various 5 episodes
1981 Quincy M.E. Driver Episode: "Headhunter"
1981 Grambling's White Tiger James "Shack" Harris Television movie
1981–1982 Code Red Stuff Wade 8 episodes
1983 The A-Team Psych Ward Staff Episode: "One More Time"
1984 Dallas Dr. Forbes Episode: "Killer at Large"
1984 Riptide Odell Episode: "Father's Day"
1984 Gimme a Break! Rev. Winfield Episode: "Baby of the Family"
1984–1985 Off the Rack Cletus Maxwell 7 episodes
1985 Magnum P.I. Lieutenant Jameson, USN Episode: "Blood and Honor"
1985 What's Happening Now!! Policeman Episode: "I'll Be Homeless for Christmas"
1985 Growing Pains Police Officer Episode: "Weekend Fantasy"
1986 The Fall Guy Jeremy Wolf Episode: "Trial by Fire"
1986 227 Sgt. Banks Episode: "Redecorating Blues"
1986 Scarecrow and Mrs. King Kimambo Episode: "Billy's Lost Weekend"
1986 The Young and the Restless Ron Clark 8 episodes
1987 Growing Pains Officer Wright Episode: "Gone But Not Forgottten"
1987 Knots Landing Police Officer Episode: "The Unraveling"
1987 Easy Street Chip Episode: "The Country Club"
1987 Valerie Dr. Ervin Episode: "Oedipus Wrecks"
1987 Our House Unknown Episode: "Sounds from a Silent Clock: Part 2"
1987 The Facts of Life Sgt. Evans Episode: "Before the Fall"
1988 Growing Pains Frank Episode: "State of the Union"
1988 Crime Story Franklin Himes 2 episodes
1988–1989 Just the Ten of Us Coach Duane Johnson 9 episodes
1989 Night Court James Morgan Episode: "Pen Pal"
1989 The Robert Guillaume Show Mr. Peterson Episode: "Guaranteed Not to Shrink"
1991 K-9000 Nick Sanrio Television movie
1993 Queen Davis Television movie
1993 Return to Lonesome Dove Jack Jackson 3 episodes
1993 American Playhouse Rev. Oliver Crawford Episode: "Hallelujah"
1998 The New Batman Adventures Barkley James Episode: "Mean Seasons"
1998–1999 Superman Agent #1 2 episodes
1999–2000 Now and Again Dr. Theodore Morris 22 episodes
2001 Soul Food Rick Grant 2 episodes
2001 The Outer Limits Joshua Finch Episode: "Rule of Law"
2001–2006 24 David Palmer 81 episodes
2001–2002 Static Shock Chief Barnsdale 3 episodes
2001–2004 Justice League Kilowog 3 episodes
2006–2009 The Unit Jonas Blane 69 episodes
2013 Newsreaders Det. Fenster Landau Episode: "CCSI: Boston"
2013 Trophy Wife Russ Bradley Morrison 2 episodes
2014 The Boondocks Sturdy Harris Episode: "Freedom Ride or Die"
2015 Backstrom Detective Almond Recurring"

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 Dennis Haysbert's Awards and nominations

YearAssociationCategoryNominated workResult
2000 Saturn Awards Best Supporting Actor on TelevisionNow and AgainWon
2001 Satellite Awards Best Actor – Television Series DramaNominated
2003 Golden Globe Awards Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film24Nominated
NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Actor in a Drama SeriesNominated
Satellite Awards Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television FilmNominated
Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture Far from HeavenWon
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series24Nominated
2004 NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Actor in a Drama SeriesNominated
2005 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesNominated
2006NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama SeriesNominated
2007Outstanding Actor in a Drama SeriesThe UnitNominated

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 Dennis Haysbert's References

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  3. Avery, Laura (2007). Excerpt from Newsmakers 2007 Cumulation. Retrieved from,+1954,+in+San+Mateo,+California%22&dq=%22Haysbert+was+born+on+June+2,+1954,+in+San+Mateo,+California%22&hl=en.
  4. "San Mateo High School Alumni". San Mateo High School. Retrieved January 15, 2013. 
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  8. Video on YouTube
  9. '24' Exposed (Part 1) featurette. '24' season 2 bonus DVD. 
  10. "Haysbert Says '24' Role Paved the Way for Presidential Hopeful Barack". ]
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  12. "Dennis Haysbert". Noted Guys. 
  13. Kit, Borys (5 December 2012). "Dennis Haysbert Replaces Michael Clarke Duncan in 'Sin City 2' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 10 December 2012. 
  16. Video on YouTube
  17. Deseret News: BYU connection yields strong voice

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