Daytonian Dorian Harewood is an actor, singer, voice announcer, and video author. Dorian has performed before Broadway theater audiences, having starred in the Tony Award winning musicals Kiss of the Spider Woman with Chita Rivera, Two Gentlemen of Verona, Jesus Christ Superstar, Over Here with John Travolta, The Pajama Game, Purlie at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, and Crumbs From The Table Of Joy, for which he won his third NAACP Image Award. He has also starred in the Broadway plays Streamers directed by Mike Nichols, Don’t Call Back, for which he won a Theater World Award 1974-1975-Best Debut Performances, The Mighty Gents with Morgan Freeman, and the fateful musical Miss Moffat opposite the late, great Bette Davis, the woman responsible for his decision to become an actor.
In the world of television, Dorian holds the unique distinction of having portrayed the two largest roles in the most widely seen network AND non-network mini-series in the history of television! In the role of Simon Haley (father of author Alex Haley) in Roots: the Next Generations, he aged from 17 to 70 years old, creating the largest role in the combined 26 hours of Roots I and II. He is probably best known for his award-winning portrayal of 1936 Olympic champion and American hero, Jesse Owens, in The Jesse Owens Story. Dorian is also known for his roles in Foster and Laurie, Full Metal Jacket, Sparkle, and for his co-starring role in the ABC Television series Strike Force starring Robert Stack. In 1994, he was awarded the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series, Mini-Series or Television Movie, for his recurring role as jazz/blues saxophonist Clarence “Cool Papa” Charleston on the NBC drama series I’ll Fly Away. In 1995, he co-starred in the Warren Chaney docudrama, America: A Call to Greatness. He also played in the NBC TV series, Viper (later syndicated), and is currently an announcer for that network. Among his other successes are the release of two albums: Love Will Stop Calling and Have A Little. He released a revolutionary new instructional video, Strictly Blackjack, which teaches strategies necessary to win consistently at the game of blackjack.
Born August 6, 1950, Dorian is the son of Emerson Macaulay, Sr. and Estelle Olivia Harewood (both deceased). He has five siblings, Emerson M. Harewood, Jr. (deceased), Theolanda Harewood, Philip B. Harewood (deceased), Floranne E. Harewood-Dunford, and Lawanda G. Harewood-Pitts. Dorian graduated from Jefferson Township High School and later attended University of Cincinnati receiving a music scholarship for opera. He is married to actress/writer Nancy Ann McCurry-Harewood, with whom he has two children, Olivia Ruth an actress/comedian, and John Dorian, a graphic designer.