CHARLES S. DUTTON, who recently received an NAACP Image Award for his lead role in the Fox comedy/drama series "Roc," and his wife, Debbi Morgan, who stars in the ABC daytime drama "Loving," have bought a Studio City home for $1.5 million.
Dutton, who also earned Tony nominations for his starring role in the Pulitzer Prize-winning play "The Piano Lesson" and for his Broadway debut in "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom," appears as a character named Fortune in the film "Rudy," and he will co-star with Rutger Hauer and Ice-T in New Line's "Surviving the Game," due to be released in the spring.
Dutton, 42, spent years in and out of reform schools in Baltimore before landing in the Maryland State Penitentiary, where he discovered a love for acting. After leaving prison in 1976, he earned a bachelor's degree at a state university and was graduated from Yale Drama School.
Morgan won a Daytime Emmy nomination for her portrayal of Dr. Angie Hubbard in 1985-'86 in "All My Children." She plays the same role, which she created in 1982, in "Loving."
The couple's new home is Country French in style and has four bedrooms plus maid's quarters, a library and two family rooms in about 6,000 square feet. The gated home also has a pool, pool house, motor court and cobblestone driveway.
"Our old house could fit inside of our new one," Morgan said, "and our hallway on the second floor is so huge, it will be our third family room. The former owners had a baby-grand (piano) up there.
"I'm so excited, I can't wait until we move in. We've been looking to buy since the beginning of this year!" They have been leasing a house in the Hollywood Hills and will remain there until they complete some refurbishing.
"We'll probably be in the house by the end of November, but we'll definitely spend our Christmas there," Morgan said.
Barbara Robinson of Prudential Rodeo Realty in Beverly Hills represented the couple in buying the home, which had been listed at $1.95 million.
DAN FOUTS, who was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in July, has sold his Rancho Santa Fe home for $1.02 million, sources say.
Fouts, 42, set several NFL records for passing while quarterbacking the San Diego Chargers from 1973 to 1987.
A native of San Francisco who was graduated from the University of Oregon, Fouts reportedly moved to Three Sisters, Ore., after selling his home to James Schumacher, a new CEO of a San Diego R&D company, and Schumacher's wife, Joanna.
The house, an adobe with beams created from a train trestle, was custom built for Fouts about eight years ago. All of the floors are made of wood from the floors of an old Georgia cotton mill.
The 5,000-square-foot main house has a great room, about 2,000 square feet in size, plus four bedrooms and three baths. There is also a guest house on the hillside property.
Judith Haddox of Re/MAX Associates on Morena Boulevard in San Diego represented the buyers. The asking price was $1.2 million.
TRAIL'S END, the 200-acre Malibu ranch owned by the late Donald Scott, no sooner came on the market at $7 million than last week's devastating Thousand Oaks fire destroyed the property's 3,000-square-foot main house and two cottages.
The ranch remains for sale, but it was listed at land value only, so the price is not expected to change, said Steve Levine, who co-listed the property with Carol Sherman, both of Asher Dann & Associates, Beverly Hills, and Jack Pritchett of Jack Pritchett Realty, Malibu.
Scott, 61, was fatally shot last fall in his home by L.A. County Sheriff's deputies, who burst into his house with a search warrant alleging there was marijuana growing on his ranch. Scott's estate filed a lawsuit, claiming that the raid involved a plot to confiscate the ranch. Earlier this month, a federal judge dismissed a fourth version of the lawsuit but left room for Scott's attorney to file a new, amended complaint.