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Avery Brooks
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    (October 2, 1948- )
    Born in Evansville, Indiana
    Portrayed Hawk on 'Spenser For Hire' (1985-88) and Captain Benjamin Sisko on 'Star Trek: Deep Space Nine' (1993-99)
    Also appeared in 'Roots: The Gift' (1988), 'The Big Hit' (1998) and 'American History X' (1998)
    Narrated 'National Geographic's Heart of Africa' (1996), 'The Greatest Places' (1998), 'Living Edens' (1999), 'Walking with Dinosaurs' (1999), 'Quest for Life' (2000), 'Land of the Mammoth' (2001), 'Jesus: The Complete Story' (2001) and 'The Better Hour' (2008)
    Appeared in the operas 'X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X' (1985) and 'Tania' (2001)
    He starred in the 'Spenser' spin-off 'A Man Called Hawk' which lasted only 13 episodes.
    To distinguish Sisko from Hawk, he shaved off his goatee and grew a full head of hair.
    After three seasons, he grew back the goatee and shaved his head again.
    He was a lecturer at Rutgers while starring in DS9 and sometimes delivered videotaped lectures while in his Star Trek uniform.
    He was spokesman for IBM's 'It's the year 2000, but where are the flying cars?' commercials.
    He has a deep, authoritative voice.
    He was the first African-American to earn an MFA in acting and directing from Rutgers.
    He has been nominated for three NAACP Image Awards.
    He received the William Shakespeare Award for Classical Theatre (2007).
    DS9 producer Ronald D. Moore said, 'He has been unfailingly polite and classy in all my dealings with him.'

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