Dennis Haysbert is a globally recognized American television and film actor. Dennis Haysbert, who gave innumerable rousing characters to the audience to revere throughout his entire career, is preeminently known for rendering Pedro Cerrano, a fictional baseball athlete in sports comedy ‘Major League’. He was equally esteemed for portraying Sergeant Major Jonas Blane in CBS action drama series ‘The Unit’.
- Birthday: June 2, 1954 (Age 63)
- Ethnicity: Afro-American
- Nationality: American
- Profession: Television and film actor
Family and Personal Life
Dennis Haysbert was married twice & has 2 children from his wife Lynn Griffith. Before getting married to Lynn, he was divorced from his first wife Elena Simms.
Dennis, a San Mateo native was born eighth of nine children to Charles Whitney Haysbert Sr. and Gladys Haysbert. Originally from Louisiana, his father works as a deputy sheriff and airline security guard while mom is a homemaker and a house cleaner.
- Parents: Charles Whitney Haysbert and Gladys Haysbert
- Wife: Elena Simms (1980-1984) and Lynn Griffith (1989-2001)
- Children: 2 (Charles Haysbert and Katharine Haysbert)
- Marital Status: Divorced
He was raised in a Baptist clan along with eight other siblings, six brothers, and two sisters. Having resided in the enclave of Silicon Valley in San Francisco Bay area, he attended San Mateo High School, a comprehensive public school.
Following the graduation, he was presented an athletic bursary by multiple universities being 6 feet 5 inches tall but refused to receive the offer, preferring acting over sports. To forge the career path, he enrolled at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and studied a full-course program.
No doubt, he has a dominant acting career in Hollywood, but his marital life isn’t as successful as his profession with previous two broken relationships. He was initially married to Elena Simms whom he had been dating for quite a time before the wedding, however, the relationship didn’t last long and the couple broke up four years later.
It took him almost five years to come out from the broken relationship and move on. In 1989, he married actress Lynn Griffith in a cloistered ceremony. But then again the outcome was same as the same as the couple split up merely after two years of marital bliss with two children Charles and Katharine to cherish for.
Body Measurements and Lifestyle
Dennis Haysbert has a sprawling height of 6 feet 5 inches with weight 102 kg. With his acting prowess followed by dashing looks, he has made it so far in the industry.
There is no qualm on how incredible actor Dennis is in Hollywood as the star has offered a bevy of memorable characters to the audience for which he is adored all over the world. But that’s not it, he isn’t only cherished for his on-screen role as ladies just can’t get their eyes off from this chap despite aware of the fact that he is divorced and father of two children.
- Height: 6 feet 5 inches (198 cm)
- Body Measurements: N/A
- Plastic Surgery: N/A
- Weight: 102 kg (225 lbs)
With his classically styled hair, smoldering brown eyes, delectable smile and jaunty good looks, he has won over many female fans. After breaking into Hollywood, he has revolutionized his style statement emerging to look finer and better than each passing years.
His vivacity and oomph spirit helps him connect with the audience from all generations. Be it young kids or grown-up one, he is loved by people from all around the world. Despite decades of career in the field, the 63-years-old hasn’t lost his youthful visage complemented by charisma and physical sex appeal.
His athletic body with a ripped physique, bulging biceps and triceps and chiseled chest make him an irresistible heartthrob. An absolute definition of elegance and simplicity, the guy from California wouldn’t have graced the Hollywood if had choose sports on acting when offered the scholarship considering his 6 feet 5 inches stature.
His energetic vibe can be discovered while on the set of movie or TV series, where he is hanging and frolicking with the cast and crews during break. Being in Hollywood it’s no wonder that he frequently attends the award functions and red carpet during film festivals and shows.
Dennis Haysbert is best known from his character as a baseball player Pedro Cerrano in ‘Major League’. He also depicted real-life political leader Nelson Mandela in ‘Goodbye Bafana’.
Stanch to build a career in acting since the get-go, Dennis legitimately became a member of Hollywood in 1978 with debut television series ‘Lou Grant’. With a credited role in the first venture, he then began making a guest appearance in multiple TV series including ‘The White Shadow’, ‘Laverne & Shirley’, ‘The Incredible Hulk’, ‘Magnum’, and ‘Buck Rogers in the 25th Century’, in quest of a sturdy career. In 1993, he landed a part of Cherokee Jack Jackson in miniseries ‘Return to Lonesome Dove’ and later played Dr. Theodore Morris in CBS television series ‘Now and Again’.
- 1999: Played Detective Larry McBain in science fiction crime thriller film ‘The Thirteenth Floor’
- 2006: Guest-starred in NBC’s late-night variety show ‘Saturday Night Live’ presented by Natalie Portman
- 2010: Appeared as Henry Brown in a play titled ‘Race’ by David Mamet
With a significant role in each series, he continued to experience an evolution in his acting prowess with several other projects being offered. In early 2000, he scored a Golden Globe-nominated role of U.S. Senator David Palmer in Fox critically acclaimed series ‘24’.
Steadily he too started working as a voice actor by depicting the voice of DC Comics character Kilowog in plenty of animated series which includes ‘Justice League and ‘Justice Unlimited’. In 1989, he gained his first leading role as baseball player Pedro Cerrano in sports comedy ‘Major League’ and nailed it’.
To follow the success of Major League was Gary Oldman military action film ‘Navy SEALs alongside Charlie Sheen and latter ‘Mr. Baseball’ based on sports with Tom Selleck. In the following years, he starred in several movies such as ‘Love Field’ alongside Michelle Pfeiffer, ‘Major League: Back to the Minors’ and ‘Love & Basketball’.
His portrayal of South African political leader Nelson Mandela in Bille August drama film ‘Goodbye Bafana’ received rave reviews from critics and audience while the starring character as Jonas Blane in CBS action-drama ‘The Unit’ was equally appreciated. He joined Hollywood stars like Sean Teale and Allison Miller for television drama series ‘Incorporated’ premiered on Syfy in 2016.
Besides television series, Dennis is also active in commercials and ads. Being a spokesperson for Allstate Insurance Company, he has appeared in multiple ads with unique slogans. Apart from this, he has also appeared in a commercial of ‘Con Allstate Estas En Buenas Manos.
Salary and Net Worth 2018
Dennis Haysbert estimated net worth counts $14 million, garnered through thriving career in the industry. His net worth has predominantly come through acting career while contribution has been made by several other projects including ads.
Dennis projected fortune is valued at $14 million with no information regarding annual salary. He has been in the industry for more than two decades now but still continues to offer box office hit movies as a result of which he amassed a jaw-dropping net worth. Besides acting in movies, he has also appeared in plenty of television commercials including an ad for Allstate Insurance and video game in ‘Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow’, which augments his fortune.
- Net Worth: $14 million
- Salary: N/A