Dennis Haysbert captured the attention of audiences and critics alike with his groundbreaking role as President David Palmer on FOX’s hit series “24,” for which he received his first Golden Globe nomination, and two Screen Actor Guild nominations. He starred in the CBS series “The Unit,” which continues to be an iconic and culturally relevant television show. Haysbert’s upcoming projects include Fox 2000’s Breakthrough, the faith- based drama based on the true story of Joyce Smith’s account of her son’s miraculous recovery detailed in her novel The Impossible: The Miraculous Story of a Mother’s Faith and Her Child’s Resurrection.
His film projects include Columbia Pictures’ The Dark Tower, Netflix’s romantic comedy “Naked,” Warner Bros. comedy Fist Fight, Magnolia Pictures’ Experimenter, Seth MacFarlane’s Ted sequel, Ted 2, Sony Crackle’s, “Dead Rising: Watchtower,” Paramount Pictures’ Men Women & Children, Lionsgate’s Dear White People, as well as Screen Gems’ romantic comedy Think Like a Man Too, the sequel to the 2012 film Think Like a Man. Additional films include Dimension Films’ Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, Millennium Entertainment’s Life of a King, Universal Pictures International’s Welcome to the Jungle, 20th Century Fox’s animated film Mr. Peabody & Sherman, Walt Disney’s Wreck-it Ralph, Indomina’s LUV, DreamWorks’ Kung Fu Panda 2 and Sinbad Legend of the Seven Seas, The Weinstein Company’s The Details, Universal’s Breach and Jarhead, New Line Cinema’s Love and Basketball, Warner Bros. Absolute Power and Heat, Orion Pictures’ Love Field and Navy Seals, Paramount’s Major League, Columbia Pictures’ Random Hearts, Trimark Pictures’ What’s Cooking, Fox’s Waiting to Exhale, Columbia Pictures and Sony Productions’ The Thirteenth Floor and Alfa Omega’s Suture.
Haysbert has also appeared on the small screen in the critically acclaimed CBS production “Now and Again” and Syfy’s “Incorporated.” In 2015 Haysbert was given the honor of becoming the newest voice of NBC News’ “Meet the Press.” Haysbert is a third-party advocate for Allstate Insurance Co. and has appeared in commercials for the company since 2003.
Born and raised in Northern California, Haysbert began acting with a television role on an episode of the Emmy-winning “Lou Grant.” He is active in the fight against AIDS and in 2000 was spokesperson for the Harlem Health Expo “Break the Silence” as well as The Western Center on Law and Poverty. He has done many USO tours, most recently in Italy, Germany, Southwest Asia, Afghanistan and aboard a naval ship.
Haysbert lives in Los Angeles.