Dulé Hill

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Best known for his work as Charlie Young on “The West Wing,” Dulé Hill first came to prominence as The Kid opposite Savion Glover and Jeffrey Wright in “Bring in ‘Da Noise, Bring in ‘Da Funk” (Public Theatre, Broadway’s Ambassador Theatre), directed by George C. Wolfe. The history of the African-American people told through tap dance and music, “Bring in ‘Da Noise, Bring in ‘Da Fun,” proved one of the most exciting events of the 1996 season. His stage credits also include “Black and Blue” (Broadway’s Minskoff Theatre), “Shenandoah” (Paper Mill Playhouse) and “The Little Rascals” (Goodspeed Opera House).

Born in Orange, New Jersey and raised in nearby Sayerville, Hill began attending dance school when he was three and received his first break years later as the understudy to Savion Glover in “The Tap Dance Kid” on Broadway. He went on to perform the lead role in the musical’s national tour alongside Harold Nicholas.

In 1999, Hill joined the cast of NBC’s acclaimed “The West Wing” as Charlie Young, Personal Aide to the President (Martin Sheen) and subsequently, Deputy Special Assistant to the Chief of Staff (Allison Janney). During his eight seasons on the acclaimed series, Hill garnered an Emmy Award nomination and four Image Award nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, as well as receiving two Screen Actor’s Guild Awards as part of the ensemble in a drama series.

On film, Hill will appear later this year opposite William H. Macy in Stuart Gordon’s adaptation of David Mamet’s “Edmond” as well as in the Universal Pictures thriller “Hellion,” directed by Stewart Hendler and Andrew Davis’ “The Guardian,” starring Kevin Costner and Ashton Kutcher. Previous film work includes the 2003 Disney release “Holes,” an adaptation of the award-winning children’s novel by Louis Sachar in which he appeared as Sam the Onion Man alongside co-stars Sigourney Weaver, Jon Voight and Shia LaBeouf, and roles in “Sugar Hill,” “She’s All That” and the independent “Sexual Life.”

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