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Also Known As: James Arthur Johnson Died: August 27, 1990
Born: March 1, 1930 Cause of Death: cancer of the lymph glands
Birth Place: Hartford, Connecticut, USA Profession: actor, director, model, fight arranger, fencing teacher, dishwasher, houseboy

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Tall, stage-trained actor with a resonant baritone voice who emerged as one of America's premier black performers of the mid-1960s. St. Jacques, who effectively portrayed heroic characters as well as villains, appeared in "The Pawnbroker" (1965) and "The Comedians" (1967) and starred as the cop Coffin Ed Johnson in the action-comedy "Cotton Comes to Harlem" (1970). He originated the first continuing black character on a TV Western as the cattle driver in the series "Rawhide". St. Jacques directed, produced and starred in the 1973 feature "Book of Numbers", a comic drama about racketeering in a small Arkansas town in the 1930s.

Tall, stage-trained actor with a resonant baritone voice who emerged as one of America's premier black performers of the mid-1960s. St. Jacques, who effectively portrayed heroic characters as well as villains, appeared in "The Pawnbroker" (1965) and "The Comedians" (1967) and starred as the cop Coffin Ed Johnson in the action-comedy "Cotton Comes to Harlem" (1970). He originated the first continuing black character on a TV Western as the cattle driver in the series "Rawhide". St. Jacques directed, produced and starred in the 1973 feature "Book of Numbers", a comic drama about racketeering in a small Arkansas town in the 1930s.

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  Book of Numbers (1972) Director

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 True Story of 'Glory' Continues, The (1991) Frederick Douglas
2.
 Time Bomb (1991) Detective Sanchez
3.
 Voodoo Dawn (1990) Claude
4.
 They Live (1988) Street Preacher
5.
 Wild Pair, The (1987) Ivory
6.
 Dark Mansions (1986) Davis
7.
 Evil That Men Do, The (1984) Randolph
8.
 Cuba Crossing (1979) Bell
9.
 Secrets of Three Hungry Wives (1978) Inspector George Dunbar
10.
 Born Again (1978) Jimmy Newsome
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Milestones close milestones

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Began career as actor, assistant director and fencing director for American Shakespeare Festival, Stratford CT
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Performed with Shakespeare festivals in San Diego and New York
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Moved to New York where worked as dishwasher, houseboy, model and Bloomingdale's salesman while studying at Actors Studio
1954:
Off-Broadway debut, "High Name Today" (date approximate)
1961:
First major stage role in Jean Genet's "The Blacks" (Off-Broadway)
1964:
Screen acting debut in "Black Like Me"
1973:
Directed, produced and starred in feature film, "Book of Numbers"
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Education

Yale University: New Haven , Connecticut -
Yale University: New Haven , Connecticut -
Actors Studio: New York , New York -

Notes

"His characters were in distinctive contrast to the mild-mannered roles that Sidney Poitier had been playing. He represented the ideas of black anger, black tension and black rage."--Donald Bogle ("People" Magazine, September 17, 1990)

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mother:
Vivienne Johnson. Medical technician.

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