From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Dorian Harewood (born August 6, 1950) is an African American actor. He first garnered attention for his portrayal of Simon Haley (father of author Alex Haley) in the ABC miniseries Roots: The Next Generations. He is also known for his roles in Full Metal Jacket and The Jesse Owens Story, and for his co-starring role in the ABC Television series Strike Force. 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 Ill Fly Away. Description above from the Wikipedia article Dorian Harewood, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.