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Actor Charles Dutton on His Criminal Past

Dutton came to acting in a very unusual way: while serving a manslaughter sentence in the Maryland State Penitentiary, he organized the performance of a play and realized he loved acting. Now furthering the irony, he plays Sheriff Ozzie Walls in the new movie, "A Time To Kill." Prior to the film, he received Tony nominations for work in two plays by August Wilson as well as a Best Actor Emmy for the Hallmark Hall of Fame film version of "The Piano Lesson." Dutton was the lead character in FOX's "Roc," which is now syndicated on Black Entertainment Television. (Re-broadcast, originally aired 02/04/92)


Other segments from the episode on August 2, 1996

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, August 2, 1996: Interview with Edward Bunker; Interview with Charles Dutton; Interview with Sean Penn; Review of the film "Manny and Lo."


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