Dennis Haysbert

Biography: It's not surprising that this commanding actor has played a striking number of athletes. The defensive end on his high-school football team, Haysbert turned down multiple sports scholarships in order to study at the American Academy of Dramatic Art. But he didn't quite leave his past behind. In his very first TV role he was cast as a basketball player on an episode of White Shadow, and later he appeared in numerous sports-related projects (Love & Basketball, Grambling's White Tiger, Mr. Baseball). Throughout the '80s, Haysbert was a constant small-screen presence, racking up guest spots on a diverse array of series, everything from Laverne & Shirley to Dallas to 227. He finally segued to features in the 1989 comedy Major League. But the next year, he proved that he had brains to go with his brawn when he landed his breakthrough role: a single father who falls for a white woman in the '60s period drama Love Field. In 2001, the journeyman actor suddenly found himself in theIt's not surprising that this commanding actor has played a striking number of athletes. The defensive end on his high-school football team, Haysbert turned down multiple sports scholarships in order to study at the American Academy of Dramatic Art. But he didn't quite leave his past behind. In his very first TV role he was cast as a basketball player on an episode of White Shadow, and later he appeared in numerous sports-related projects (Love & Basketball, Grambling's White Tiger, Mr. Baseball). Throughout the '80s, Haysbert was a constant small-screen presence, racking up guest spots on a diverse array of series, everything from Laverne & Shirley to Dallas to 227. He finally segued to features in the 1989 comedy Major League. But the next year, he proved that he had brains to go with his brawn when he landed his breakthrough role: a single father who falls for a white woman in the '60s period drama Love Field. In 2001, the journeyman actor suddenly found himself in the spotlight when he signed on to the taut action series 24 as a presidential hopeful who eventually won the White House. The next year, a critically acclaimed (and quite familiar) turn as a single father in love with a white woman in the '50s period piece Far From Heaven proved he still had big-screen clout. Although he left 24 in its third season, he continued to make guest appearances, and in 2006 he headlined the military drama The Unit. The series ended in 2009 after four seasons, but Haysbert remains a familiar face thanks to his work as the main spokesperson for Allstate car insurance. Expand

Dennis Haysbert's Scores

Average career score: 52
Highest Metascore: 84 Far From Heaven
Lowest Metascore: 24 Playing with Fire
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 29
  2. Negative: 10 out of 29
29 movie reviews
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
24 Playing with Fire Nov 8, 2019 Commander Richards / Commander Richards tbd
tbd Secret Obsession Jul 18, 2019 Detective Frank Page 4.1
46 Breakthrough Apr 17, 2019 Doctor Garrett 6.4
57 Kodachrome Apr 20, 2018 Principal Cast / Larry 7.6
36 Naked Aug 11, 2017 Reginald Swope / Reginald Swope 4.3
34 The Dark Tower Aug 4, 2017 Cast / Steven Deschain / Steven / Steven Deschain 4.5
37 Fist Fight Feb 17, 2017 Cast / Superintendent Johnson 5.2
81 Experimenter Oct 16, 2015 Ossie Davis 7.4
48 Ted 2 Jun 26, 2015 Cast 6.2
79 Dear White People Oct 17, 2014 Cast / Cast / Dean / Dean / Dean Fairbanks / Dean Fairbanks 7.4
38 Men, Women & Children Oct 1, 2014 Cast 6.2
46 Sin City: A Dame To Kill For Aug 22, 2014 Manute 8.1
38 Think Like a Man Too Jun 20, 2014 Uncle Eddie 4.1
59 Mr. Peabody & Sherman Mar 7, 2014 Cast / Judge 6.7
25 Welcome to the Jungle Feb 7, 2014 Cast 4.3
52 Life of a King Jan 17, 2014 Searcy 7.3
52 LUV Jan 18, 2013 Cast / Principal Cast / Mr. Fish tbd
72 Wreck-It Ralph Nov 2, 2012 General Hologram / General Hologram 8.6
56 The Details Nov 2, 2012 Lincoln 8.6
tbd Goodbye Bafana Dec 14, 2007 Nelson Mandela / Nelson Mandela tbd
74 Breach Feb 16, 2007 Dean Plesac 7.3
48 Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas Jul 2, 2003 Kale / Kale 8.3
84 Far From Heaven Nov 8, 2002 Raymond Deagan 8.0
70 Love & Basketball Apr 21, 2000 Zeke McCall / Zeke McCall 7.9
38 Random Hearts Oct 8, 1999 Detective George Beaufort / Detective George Beaufort tbd
56 The Minus Man Sep 10, 1999 Graves 1.4
36 The Thirteenth Floor May 28, 1999 Detective Larry McBain 2.8
52 Absolute Power Feb 14, 1997 Tim Collin / Tim Collin 6.8
76 Heat Dec 15, 1995 Donald Breedan / Donald Breedan tbd
38 Navy Seals Jul 20, 1990 Graham / Graham tbd