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Cultural Heroes and One-of-a-Kinds: Actor Charles Dutton.

Actor Charles Dutton. Dutton was the star of the sit com Roc. Recently, he was featured on the HBO prison series OZ. His new film is Random Hearts. He has received Tony nominations for his performances in August Wilson's plays The Piano Lesson, and Ma Rainey's Black Bottom. He's a graduate of Yale Drama School, but he discovered acting at Maryland State Penitentiary where he spent seven and a half years. (REBROADCAST from 2/04/92)

21:43

Maintaining the Bond Between Prisoners and Their Children

Joyce Dixson co-founded "Sons and Daughters of the Incarcerated" a group which helps children whose parents are in prison. Dixson served seventeen years in prison after being convicted of shooting her husband. She left two children behind when she went to prison in 1976. She later became the first woman to earn an undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan while incarcerated. Dixson's sentence was reduced, and she was released from prison in 1993. She went directly to the University of Michigan and earned a master's degree in social work.

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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.

21:39

Ex-Con Edward Bunker's Literary Career

Bunker's book "Dog Eat Dog" comes out August 13. Bunker also wrote the crime fiction classic "No Beast So Fierce," which first came out in 1973, about a former criminal trying to go straight. It was the basis of the film Straight Time, which starred Dustin Hoffman. Bunker spent almost 20 years in jail himself, and used his experiences as the basis of his book. He's also written 2 other novels, many essays, and screenplays for Straight Time and The Runaway Train. (Re-broadcast, originally aired JULY 12, 1993)

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Writer Edward Bunker Discusses his Life and Work.

Writer Edward Bunker. Bunker wrote the crime fiction classic "No Beast So Fierce," which first came out in 1973, about a former criminal trying to go straight. The book has been out of print since 1986, and has just been reissued. It was the basis of the film Straight Time, which starred Dustin Hoffman. Bunker spent almost 20 years in jail himself, and used his experiences as the basis of his book. He's also written 2 other novels, many essays, and screenplays for Straight Time and The Runaway Train.

16:56

Charles Dutton's Rocky Path to Television Stardom

Dutton stars in the TV comedy series "Roc." He came to acting in a very roundabout way: while serving a manslaughter sentence in the Maryland State Penitentiary, he organized the performance of a play, and realized he loved acting.

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