To compensate, Haysbert acted out games with his siblings.
"Dennis was a born actor," his brother Al told People Weekly contributor Jason Lynch.
He is known for portraying baseball player Pedro Cerrano in the Major League film trilogy, Secret Service Agent Tim Collin in the 1997 political thriller film Absolute Power, David Palmer on the American television series 24, and Sergeant Major Jonas Blane on the drama series The Unit.
He also portrayed Nelson Mandela in Goodbye Bafana (also released under the name The Color of Freedom).
Haysbert portrayed the lead character Jonas Blane in the CBS action-drama The Unit, which ended after its fourth season on May 10, 2009.
Date of birth : 1954-06-02 Date of death : - Birthplace : San Mateo, California Nationality : American Category : Arts and Entertainment Last modified : 2011-08-19 Credited as : Actor, Major League trilogy, Dennis Haysbert is an American film and television actor.
He is known for portraying baseball player Pedro Cerrano in the Major League film trilogy, President David Palmer on the American television series 24, and Sergeant Major Jonas Blane on the drama series The Unit, as well as his work in commercials for Allstate Insurance.
In this film, released in 2003, Haysbert plays Raymond Deagan, a college-educated black gardener who becomes romantically involved with a white housewife (Julianne Moore) in a wealthy Connecticut suburb in the 1950s. Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas, Dreamworks, 2003.
The racism and rigid conformity of the era, however, prevent the couple from pursuing a relationship. Television: Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, NBC, 1979.
Calling Far from Heaven a "flawless" film, Boston Globe critic Wesley Morris hailed its expression of "soul-aching American beauty." Though Los Angeles Magazine writer Steve Erickson suggested that the film was ultimately superficial, observed that "for all their flaws, [the characters played by] Moore and Haysbert and [Dennis] Quaid are an impulse away from nobility." In a Boston Globe profile of the actor, Peter Brunette commented that "Amid the stifling conformity and repression of the era, Haysbert's character stands like a beacon of loving kindness." Films: Love Field, Orion, 1992.
Dennis Dexter Haysbert (born June 2, 1954) is an American film and television actor.
He was nominated for a Golden Globe and for a Golden Satellite Award in 2002 for this role.
Haysbert stated in an interview for the show that the three men he admires most—Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and Colin Powell—collectively embody his idea of what a President should be.
He is also known for his authoritative, bass voice.