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Dennis Haysbert has lately captured the attention of critics and audiences alike with his portrayal of Presidential nominee David Palmer on the award-winning television series "24." He continues as the character in the show's second season, which begins airing in the fall of 2002.
On the film front, Haysbert is best known for his starring role opposite Michelle Pfeiffer in Jonathan Kaplan's Love Field; and for playing Pedro Cerrano in the popular Major League movies (directed by David S. Ward, twice, and John Warren).
His other films include Gurinder Chadha's What's Cooking? and Gina Prince-Bythewood's Love and Basketball (starring opposite Alfre Woodard in both features); Sydney Pollack's Random Hearts; Josef Rusnak's The Thirteenth Floor; Clint Eastwood's Absolute Power; Michael Mann's HEAT; Forest Whitaker's Waiting to Exhale; David Siegel and Scott McGehee's Suture (like Far from Heaven, executive-produced by Steven Soderbergh); and Lewis Teague's Navy Seals.
The California native studied acting at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Upon graduation, he won his first television role on an Emmy Award-winning episode of Lou Grant that co-starred The Reverend Jesse Jackson. Haysbert is very active in the fight against AIDS. In 2000, he was the spokesperson for the Harlem Health Expo entitled "Break the Silence."