Dorsey Wright (born April 21, 1957) is an American actor, best known for his role as Cleon in the 1979 film The Warriors.

Dorsey Wright
Born (1957-04-21) April 21, 1957 (age 62)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Years active1979–present


Wright was born in The Bronx, New York City on April 21, 1957, and earned his first acting role in 1979, in The Warriors, for which he is best remembered. He co-starred in the film version of Hair that same year. In 1981, he appeared as a gang member in the film Ragtime and played Junior Jones in the 1984 film adaptation of John Irving's novel The Hotel New Hampshire. It was his last film role.

Dorsey Wright was, for a brief time, part of a not-for-profit theater group based in New York City, called the Theater for the Forgotten. The project was run by founders Akila Couloumbis and Beverly Rich, funded by The National Council for the Arts and several other sources. The brainchild of Akila Couloumbis, the group put on plays for the institutionalized, ranging from prisons and drug rehab to hospitals in six states for thirty years, a long run for a creative non-profit organization. Some of the plays were written in collaboration with the theater groups Dream 76 and Forever My Earth. More of them were adapted with playwrights' permissions to the intended audience. To learn more about this program, read The Proscenium Cage by Laurence Tocci.

Wright now works for the New York Transit Authority and does voice-overs for television and radio commercials.[1] In 2005, he reprised his role as Cleon in the video game version of The Warriors.


Year Film Role Notes
1979 The Warriors Cleon Co-star
1979 Hair Lafayette aka Hud Co-star
1981 Ragtime Gang Member #4
1984 The Hotel New Hampshire Junior Jones
1984 100 Centre Street Stenographer Andre Bussey TV Movie
1984 E/R Jackson Episode: "Pilot: Part 1"
2005 The Warriors Cleon Video game
2015 The Warriors: Last Subway Ride Home Cleon Video


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