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Andrew Emerson

Cast Member
Carl Gordon was born on January 20, 1932 in Goochland, Virginia.  As an actor he is perhaps best known for Roc, The Piano Lesson and Love Songs. He was raised in Brooklyn’s Bedford-Stuyvesant and enlisted in the United States Air Force.  He served during the Korean War as an aircraft mechanic. After completing his military service, he attended Brooklyn College but dropped out to pursue employment.  He enrolled at Gene Frankel’s Theatre and Film Workshop, where he was the oldest student and the only African American. After many auditions, he started getting roles as a character actor on Broadway, in film and on television. He appeared in a pair of one-act plays by Douglas Turner Ward, and performed on stage in 30 productions by Ward’s Negro Ensemble Company. Gordon died in 2010 at age 78 after a courageous battle with non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

Joey Emerson

Cast Member
Rocky Carroll was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on July 8, 1963 and  is a classically-trained actor with an impressive career on stage on film and television. Pursuing his interest in acting, Carroll attended The Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University in St. Louis and earned a BFA. Finally he decided to move to New York to test his acting mettle and started out doing Shakespeare. He graduated to television work after proving himself on the stage, appearing in such series as Chicago Hope, Law & Order, The Game, Boston Legal and The West Wing. Carroll is best known for his roles on Roc and more recently, as Assistant Director Leon Vance on NCIS and the spin-off, NCIS: Los Angeles.

Eleanor Emerson

Cast Member
Ella Joyce was born in Chicago, Illinois on June 12, 1954 and raised in Detroit, Michigan. Joyce graduated from the Performing Arts Curriculum at Cass Technical High School, and went on to attend the Dramatic Arts program at Eastern Michigan University. She has studied with several professional mentors, and worked in many regional theaters across America and overseas.

Charles “Roc” Emerson

Cast Member
Charles Stanley Dutton was born on January 30, 1951 in Baltimore, Maryland. He is an actor and producer best known for his sitcom Roc and the movies Alien 3 and Gothika. In 1984, Dutton made his Broadway debut in August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, winning a Theatre World Award and a Tony Award nomination for Best Actor. In 1988, Dutton played a killer in the television miniseries The Murder of Mary Phagan, opposite Jack Lemmon and Kevin Spacey. 1990 brought him a second Best Actor Tony nomination for his role in another Wilson play, The Piano Lesson. Other films he has appeared in include Get on the Bus; A Time to Kill; Cookie’s Fortune; Crocodile Dundee II; Cry, the Beloved Country; Menace II Society; and Secret Window.


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Sometimes volatile, always practical, a garbage man for the City of Baltimore, and darn proud of it ... Charles S. Dutton stars as While striving to live the "American Dream" in blue-collar Baltimore, Roc Emerson and his wife, hospital worker Eleanor (Ella Joyce), must cope with Roc's father, the highly opinionated, never-wrong Andrew Emerson (Carl Gordon), and Roc's fast-and-loose younger brother, Joey (Rocky Carroll).

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