Dennis Haysbert captured the attention of audiences and critics alike with his ground breaking role as President David Palmer on FOX's hit series "24" for which he received his first Golden Globe Nomination. He returned to television starring in his own series "The Unit" for CBS, which premiered with record-breaking ratings. Last year Haysbert made his Broadway debut in David Mamet's "Race" alongside Eddie Izzard, Richard Thomas and Afton C. Williamson. The play tells the story of three lawyers in a firm, two black and one white, must decide whether to defend a white man charged with a crime against a black woman. "Race" reunited Haysbert with Mamet who created "The Unit." And of course, Haysbert is also known as the face and voice of Allstate Insurance.
In addition, he starred opposite Julianne Moore in Todd Haynes' critically acclaimed Far From Heaven. His other film credits include Spike Lee's Love and Basketball, opposite Omar Epps, Absolute Power, opposite Clint Eastwood and Gene Hackman, Love Field opposite Michelle Pfeiffer, Breach, opposite Ryan Phillppe, Chris Cooper and Laura Linney, Jarhead, directed by Sam Mendes, Major League as Pedro Cerrano, Heat with Al Pacino and Robert De Niro, Random Hearts, What's Cooking, Waiting to Exhale, The Thirteenth Floor, Navy Seals, Suture and opposite Brad Pitt, Catherine Zeta Jones and Michelle Pfeiffer in DreamWorks animated film Sinbad Legend of the Seven Seas. Haysbert also appeared on the small screen in the critically acclaimed CBS series "Now and Again."
Born and raised in Northern California, Haysbert's acting began when he won his first television role on the Emmy-winning episode of "Lou Grant," which co-starred Jesse Jackson. He is very active in the fight against AIDS and in the year 2000, he was the spokesperson for the Harlem Health Expo "Break the Silence". He is also the spokesperson for the National Leadership Commission on AIDS as well as The Western Center on Law and Poverty. Dennis is also very proud to serve as the Global Ambassador for the Discovery Channel's Global Educational Partnership.
He currently resides in Los Angeles.