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Actor-Shared Background: Halle Berry, who played Queen, is biracial as well, though the mix is different (Halle's mother is white, Queen's father was). All-Star Cast: Halle Berry (Queen), Raven-Symoné (young Queen), Ann-Margret (Small Jackson), Patricia Clarkson (Lizzy Jackson), Tim Daly (James Jackson, Jr.), Ossie Davis (Parson Sick), Victor Garber (Digby), Danny Glover (Alec Haley), George Grizzard (Mr. Cherry), Jasmine Guy (Easter), Dennis Haysbert (Davis), Jane Krakowski (Jane Jackson), Jussie Smollett (Simon Haley), Lonette McKee (Alice), Daryl 'Chill' Mitchell (Abner), Martin Sheen (James Jackson, Sr.), Lorraine Toussaint (Joyce), Paul Winfield (Cap'n Jack), etc. Casting Gag: Several of the people who starred in or its sequel Roots The Next Generations—Ossie Davis, Paul Winfield, etc.—starred in this Mini Series as well, which is considered a parallel story to the original. The Danza: Jane Krakowski as Jane Jackson. Dawson Casting: Then-24 year old Halle Berry as the teenaged Queen, though this is justified by her continuing to play Queen as she aged.