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Born: February 20, 1927 Cause of Death:
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Director (feature film)

1.
Ghost Dad (1990) as Director
A father's encounter with the supernatural teaches him a valuable lesson about keeping in touch with his children.
2.
Fast Forward (1985) as Director
Eight young dancers travel from Ohio to New York City to compete in a talent contest. However, upon their arrival, they find that they have a long wait before their part in the competition will begin. On their own in the big city, the young people learn about a kind of life that they have never know
3.
Hanky-Panky (1982) as Director
When the beauty with whom he shared a taxi is murdered, a man is forced to go on the run.
4.
Stir Crazy (1980) as Director
Two innocents go to prison after being framed for a bank robbery.
5.
Piece Of The Action, A (1977) as Director
Manny and Dave are Chicago con artists who specialize in cheating people who take advantage of the poor. When they are blackmailed by a retired policeman into giving something back to the community, they start volunteering as career counselors for a group of uncooperative teens at the community center. Manny is beginning to enjoy helping the students when his work there in interrupted by the arrival of his girlfriend's overbearing parents and a mobster who has discovered that he cheated him.
6.
Let's Do It Again (1975) as Director
Clyde Williams and Billy Foster are blue-collar workers who promised to raise money for their lodge, the Brother and Sisterf of Shaka. Their plan to raise the money involves going to New Orleans and rigging a boxing match by hypnotizing the scrawny underdog to make him believe he is a fierce, unbeatable champ. They bet big on him, he wins, and they return home with the money. But when some gangsters who lost money on the match show up, Clyde and Billy are forced to do the same thing again so that these men can win their money back. And it remains to be seen if they can do it again.
7.
Uptown Saturday Night (1974) as Director
Comedy duo Sidney Poitier and Bill Cosby star as two ordinary joes, who entangle themselves in an underworld mess, while out to find a stolen lottery ticket worth fifty grand.
8.
Warm December, A (1973) as Director
Widower Dr. Matt Younger and his daughter go to London for a month of dirt-bike racing. While there, Dr. Younger is surprised by finding himself attracted to Catherine, a charming but elusive woman who seems to have some mysterious men following her. A romance slowly develops between the doctor and Catherine, but there are complications to their happiness.
9.
Buck and the Preacher (1972) as Director
A con man helps a group of former slaves survive the perils of the wild West in their search for the promised land.

Cast (feature film)

10.
Moms Mabley: I Got Somethin' to Tell You (2013)
African-American stand-up comedienne Moms Mabley broke racial and sexual boundaries as a pioneering comic talent. Here, Whoopi Goldberg reveals Mabley's historical significance and her profound influence as a performer ahead of her time.
11.
Sing Your Song (2011)
A portrait of entertainer Harry Belafonte, focusing on his significant contribution to and his leadership in the civil rights movement in America and to social justice globally.
12.
Tell Them Who You Are (2004) as Cast
As a director of photography, Haskell Wexler has a reputation for brilliance. He has worked with the world's most accomplished directors including Elia Kazan, Mike Nichols, Woody Allen, George Lucas, Milos Forman and Francis Ford Coppola. He has won two Academy Awards in a career that includes numer
13.
Last Brickmaker in America, The (2001) as Henry Cobb
Henry Cobb, a master brickmaker, restores his own damaged soul through an unlikely friendship with a troubled young boy.<P>Henry, a warm and honest man, has worked his family brickyard for 57 years. From dusk to dawn every day but Sunday, every week of the year, he has proudly put his blood and swea
14.
Free of Eden (1999) as Will Cleamons
Story about Will Cleamons, a former teacher-turned-businessman who agrees to tutor 18-year-old high school dropout, Nicole Turner. Much to his surprise, their relationship not only helps Nicole build a future, but helps Cleamons put his personal life back together.
15.
Simple Life of Noah Dearborn, The (1999) as Noah Dearborn
An aging carpenter fights developers who are trying to force him to sell his land.
16.
David and Lisa (1998) as Dr Jack Miller
A remake of Frank and Eleanor Perry's 1962 film "David and Lisa," based on the book by Theodore Isaac Rubin about two teenagers who live at the Borders School, a school for disturbed youth. David is a brilliant but troubled teen obsessed with time and death. No one seems to be able to reach him, unt
17.
Jackal, The (1997) as Carter Preston--Fbi Deputy Director
The FBI's Deputy Director must stop the Jackal, a ruthless professional killer, before he makes his next assassination. He teams up with a female Russian officer and an imprisoned IRA terrorist in a global race against the clock to stop the Jackal before he strikes.
18.
Mandela and de Klerk (1997) as Nelson Mandela
Civil rights activist Nelson Mandela and South African President F.W. De Klerk -- onetime ideological enemies -- see their nation through the potentially explosive transition from apartheid to racial equity.
19.
To Sir With Love II (1996) as Mark Thackeray
Sequel to the 1967 feature film, "To Sir With Love." After retiring from a distinguished career as an educator in London, Mark Thackeray moves to the United States to take a teaching assignment in a south side Chigago school. Now, a widower, he also tries to locate a woman, supposedly living in Chic
20.
Wild Bill: Hollywood Maverick (1995) as Himself
Presented by an impressive lineup of collegues and admirers, a documentary about the long-underrated talent of the late legendary action director William A. Wellman (1896-1975), one of Hollywood's most distinguished journeymen helmers. William A. Wellman drew on his experiences as a fighter pilot during World War I to create a series of films about men of action as rugged, sentimental, raucous and tender as the director himself. He was equally noted for his off-screen battles with executives; and after building his career at Paramount and Warner Bros., Wellman vowed never to sign another long-term studio contract, and went on his way, refusing to take guff from anybody!
21.
Century Of Cinema, A (1994)
Documentary celebrating 100 years of moviemaking. Includes interviews with actors and directors.
22.
World Beat (1993)
A documentary about the growing control blacks are taking in all areas of the film industry: production, distribution, theater ownership, public relations and marketing.
23.
Sneakers (1992) as Crease
Story about a team of security experts who naively enter into a covert government operation after their leader is blackmailed.
24.
Little Nikita (1988) as Roy Parmenter
A teenager discovers his parents are "sleeper" KGB agents who, after being inactive for 20 years, are called upon to run one last dangerous mission.
25.
Shoot To Kill (1988) as Warren Stantin
A city cop enlists a mountain guide to track a criminal in the wilds of the Pacific Northwest.
26.
The Spencer Tracy Legacy (1987)
Katharine Hepburn pays tribute to one of the screen's most natural actors, Spencer Tracy.
27.
Piece Of The Action, A (1977) as Manny Durrell
Manny and Dave are Chicago con artists who specialize in cheating people who take advantage of the poor. When they are blackmailed by a retired policeman into giving something back to the community, they start volunteering as career counselors for a group of uncooperative teens at the community center. Manny is beginning to enjoy helping the students when his work there in interrupted by the arrival of his girlfriend's overbearing parents and a mobster who has discovered that he cheated him.
28.
The Wilby Conspiracy (1975) as Shack Twala
An African activist and an Englishman join forces to battle a corrupt government official in South Africa.
29.
Let's Do It Again (1975) as Clyde Williams
Clyde Williams and Billy Foster are blue-collar workers who promised to raise money for their lodge, the Brother and Sisterf of Shaka. Their plan to raise the money involves going to New Orleans and rigging a boxing match by hypnotizing the scrawny underdog to make him believe he is a fierce, unbeatable champ. They bet big on him, he wins, and they return home with the money. But when some gangsters who lost money on the match show up, Clyde and Billy are forced to do the same thing again so that these men can win their money back. And it remains to be seen if they can do it again.
30.
Uptown Saturday Night (1974) as Steve Jackson
Comedy duo Sidney Poitier and Bill Cosby star as two ordinary joes, who entangle themselves in an underworld mess, while out to find a stolen lottery ticket worth fifty grand.
31.
Warm December, A (1973) as Dr Younger
Widower Dr. Matt Younger and his daughter go to London for a month of dirt-bike racing. While there, Dr. Younger is surprised by finding himself attracted to Catherine, a charming but elusive woman who seems to have some mysterious men following her. A romance slowly develops between the doctor and Catherine, but there are complications to their happiness.
32.
Buck and the Preacher (1972) as Buck
A con man helps a group of former slaves survive the perils of the wild West in their search for the promised land.
33.
The Organization (1971) as [Lt.] Virgil Tibbs
When a group of revolutionaries fighting the drug rackets are framed for murder, detective Virgil Tibbs steps in to clear their names.
34.
Brother John (1971) as John Kane
A man returns to Earth as an angel to intervene in a small-town labor strike.
35.
They Call Me MISTER Tibbs (1970) as Virgil Tibbs
A police detective's investigation of a prostitute's murder points to his best friend.
36.
King: A Filmed Record ... Montgomery to Memphis (1970) as
Compilation documentary on Martin Luther King and his movement.
37.
The Lost Man (1969) as Jason Higgs
The leader of a black militant group hides out from police in an old movie theatre and enlists the help of a social worker to make his escape.
38.
For Love of Ivy (1968) as Jack Parks
A wealthy family finds a beau to romance their maid.
39.
To Sir, With Love (1967) as Mark Thackeray
A substitute teacher changes the lives of the slum children in his class.
40.
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967) as John Prentice
An aging couple's liberal principles are tested when their daughter announces her engagement to a black doctor.
41.
In the Heat of the Night (1967) as Virgil Tibbs
A black police detective from the North forces a bigoted Southern sheriff to accept his help with a murder investigation.
42.
Duel at Diablo (1966) as Toller
Racial tensions flair when a black officer joins a Cavalry troop fighting the Indians.
43.
The Slender Thread (1965) as Alan Newell
A crisis line volunteer tries to save a woman from suicide.
44.
The Bedford Incident (1965) as Ben Munceford
An American destroyer, with a journalist on board, pursues a Russian submarine during the Cold War.
45.
The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965) as Simon of Cyrene
All-star epic retelling of Christ's life.
46.
A Patch of Blue (1965) as Gordon Ralfe
A blind white girl falls in love with a black man.
47.
The Long Ships (1964) as El Mansuh
Viking seamen battle a Moorish prince for possession of a golden bell.
48.
Lilies of the Field (1963) as Homer Smith
An itinerant handyman in the Southwest gets a new outlook on life when he helps a group of German nuns build a chapel.
49.
Pressure Point (1962) as Doctor
A black psychiatrist tries to help a racist convict deal with his mental demons.
50.
Paris Blues (1961) as Eddie Cook
Two jazz musicians deal with romantic problems in Paris.
51.
A Raisin in the Sun (1961) as Walter Lee Younger
A black woman uses her late husband's life insurance to build a better world for her children.
52.
All the Young Men (1960) as [Sgt. Eddie] Towler
A black sergeant is forced to take command when his lieutenant is killed during the Korean War.
53.
Virgin Island (1960) as Marcus
Evan and Tina want to live their lives differently. They go to live on an island. Tina's mother is concerned about her daughter's future. There is smuggling going on on the island.
54.
Porgy and Bess (1959) as Porgy
In this legendary Gershwin opera set among the black residents of a fishing village in 1912 South Carolina, Bess - a woman with a disreputable history - tries to break free from her brutish lover Crown after he becomes wanted for murder. The only person willing to overlook her past and offer her shelter is the crippled Porgy. Their relationship is threatened by the disapproval of the townspeople, the presence of her old drug supplier Sportin' Life - and the threatened return of Crown.
55.
The Mark of the Hawk (1958) as Obam
The man called Obam (Sidney Poitier) struggles with the increasingly hostile forces facing each other in a colonial African country. The African natives want their land and lives back from the British colonists. Obam's motives are questioned by his own people, in particular his brother Kanda (Clifton Macklin). With the help of his wife Renee (Eartha Kitt) and missionary Bruce Craig (John McIntire), will he be able to get things under control before the country self-destructs?
56.
The Defiant Ones (1958) as Noah Cullen
Two convicts, a white racist and an angry black, escape while chained to each other.
57.
Something of Value (1957) as Kimani
Childhood friends end up on opposite sides of a bloody African uprising.
58.
Edge of the City (1957) as Tommy Tyler
An army deserter and a black dock worker join forces against a corrupt union official.
59.
Band of Angels (1957) as Rau-Ru
A southern belle fights to survive slavery after learning her mother was black.
60.
Good-Bye, My Lady (1956) as Gates
A stray dog brings together a young boy and an old man in the Georgia swamps.
61.
Blackboard Jungle (1955) as Gregory W. Miller
An idealistic teacher confronts the realities of juvenile delinquency.
62.
Go Man Go (1954) as Inman Jackson
A Jewish basketball coach discovers a group of black men playing great basketball in Harlem and turns them into the famous Harlem Globetrotters.
63.
Cry, the Beloved Country (1952)
A South African minister travels to Johannesburg to find his missing son.
64.
Red Ball Express (1952) as [Corp. Andrew] Robertson
A racially integrated platoon fights to overcome their differences during World War II.
65.
No Way Out (1950) as Dr. Luther Brooks
A racist gangster forces a black doctor to tend to his injuries.

Writer (feature film)

66.
For Love of Ivy (1968) as Story
A wealthy family finds a beau to romance their maid.

Producer (feature film)

67.
Free of Eden (1999) as Executive Producer
Story about Will Cleamons, a former teacher-turned-businessman who agrees to tutor 18-year-old high school dropout, Nicole Turner. Much to his surprise, their relationship not only helps Nicole build a future, but helps Cleamons put his personal life back together.
68.
Buck and the Preacher (1972) as Producer
A con man helps a group of former slaves survive the perils of the wild West in their search for the promised land.
69.
Brother John (1971) as Executive Producer
A man returns to Earth as an angel to intervene in a small-town labor strike.

Cast (special)

70.
Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project (2007)
A portrait of comedian Don Rickles who continues to entertain us at age 81.
71.
74th Annual Academy Awards, The (2002)
Seventh-fourth annual presentation of the Academy Awards by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences from the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland.
72.
Trumpet Awards, The (2002) as Honoree
Coverage of the 10th annual Trumpet Awards presentation, honoring African-American achievers in fields as diverse as law, politics and entertainment.
73.
Muhammad Ali's 60th Birthday Celebration (2002) as Presenter
A celebration of the 60th birthday of former heavyweight boxing champion and international sports hero Muhammad Ali.
74.
32nd NAACP Image Awards, The (2001) as Honoree
Coverage of the 32nd annual NAACP Image Awards presentation from the Universal Amphitheatre.
75.
SAG Awards Show (2001) as Award Recipient (Life Achievement Award)
Live presentation of the 6th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards from the Shrine Exposition Center in Los Angeles.
76.
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Barbra Streisand (2001) as Presenter
The American Film Institute honors Barbra Streisand with its Lifetime Achievement Award for her accomplishments both in front of and behind the camera.
77.
Quincy Jones: In the Pocket (2001) as Interviewee
A portrait of Quincy Jones, the composer, arranger and entertainer who has won a Grammy, Oscar and Emmy. As a master inventor of musical hybrids, "Q" has shuffled pop, soul, hip-hop, jazz, classical, African and Brazilian music into fusions, traversing virtually every medium -- records, live perform
78.
Richard Widmark: Strength of Characters (2000) as Interviewee
Profile of actor/producer Richard Widmark.
79.
Evening of Stars: A Celebration of Educational Excellence Benefiting The United Negro College Fund, An (1999)
A fundraising gala for The United Negro College Fund (UNCF) featuring performances by music artists and appearances by celebrities. Also highlights the success stories of the organization's students, alumni and member colleges and universities.
80.
70th Annual Academy Awards, The (1998)
Live presentation of the 70th annual Academy Awards.
81.
Kennedy Center Honors, The (1997)
Presentation of the 20th annual Kennedy Center Honors.
82.
1997 ESPY Awards, The (1997)
Telecast of the 1997 ESPY (Excellence in Sports Performance) Awards.
83.
Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts, The (1995) as Honoree
Presentation of the 18th annual Kennedy Center Honors. The 1995 honorees are dancer Jacques D'Amboise, singer Marilyn Horne, guitarist B B King, actor Sidney Poitier, and playwright Neil Simon.
84.
James Earl Jones (1995) as Interviewee
Biographical documentary of actor James Earl Jones.
85.
Great Ones: The National Sports Awards, The (1993)
A special saluting outstanding American athletes. Also, the late tennis champion, Arthur Ashe, is honored by a presentation to his wife, Jeanne Ashe, in his memory.
86.
American Film Institute Salute to Elizabeth Taylor, The (1993)
Broadcast of the American Film Institute's Life Achievement Award dinner honoring actress Elizabeth Taylor.
87.
American Reunion: New Beginnings, Renewed Hope, An (1993)
A special featuring entertainment stars performing in the first and largest presidential inaugural event.
88.
AFI Salute to Sidney Poitier (1992)
A broadcast in which the American Film Institute (AFI) presents its twentieth annual Life Achievement Award to Sidney Poitier.
89.
19th Annual Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame (1992)
The 19th annual tribute honoring blacks in the entertainment industry.
90.
Back to School '92 (1992)
A special focusing on the education crisis in our country and how to solve it.
91.
Celebrate the Soul of American Music (1991)
A special with contemporary artists honoring famous black music performers.
92.
Sinatra 75: The Best Is Yet to Come (1990)
A special commemorating Frank Sinatra's 75th birthday. The musical tribute includes footage from a Society of Singers performance in Los Angeles and Sinatra's birthday concert from the Meadowlands' Brendan Byrne Arena in New Jersey.
93.
22nd Annual NAACP Image Awards, The (1990)
Broadcast of the twenty-second annual NAACP Image Awards honoring the those who have contributed positively to the image of African-Americans.
94.
Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts, The (1989)
A broadcast of the twelfth annual gala tribute to the distinguished artists who are recipients of the 1989 Kennedy Center Honors. This year's honorees are singer Harry Belafonte, actress Claudette Colbert, musical comedy star Mary Martin, ballet dancer Alexandra Danilova, and composer William Schuma
95.
Voyager: Rendezvous With Neptune (1989) as Host
A special that examines the journey of NASA's Voyager 2 through space. Features computer-enhanced pictures of Neptune at closest encounter, photos of the small moons Voyager 2 discovered as it approached the planet; and high-resolution photographs of the moon Triton. Reviews the accomplishments of s
96.
Bopha! (1987) as Narration
A special which combines documentary and drama to explore the complex relationship that exists in South Africa between black police and those blacks who oppose the system of white rule. The Earth Players, a group of four black actors, dramatize the plight of the black police caught between white ru
97.
Night of 100 Stars II, The (1985)
A star-studded sequel to "The Night of 100 Stars." A celebrity benefit for the Actors Fund of America, featuring music, songs, dances and comedy. Three hundred and eight stars participated in a seven-hour marathon that was edited to three hours for television.

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

98.
Ralph Bunche: An American Odyssey (2001) as Narration
A study of Ralph Bunche, the first non-Caucasian to win the Nobel Prize.
99.
Children of the Dust (1995) as Gypsy Smith
Set in the West of the 1880s, a half-black, half-Cherokee gunslinger leads a wagon train of freed slaves on a dangerous journey to start new lives in the Oklahoma Territory. Even with their newfound freedom, however, they cannot escape the evils of racism.
100.
Separate But Equal (1991) as Thurgood Marshall
A two-part miniseries. Dramatizes the events leading up to the 1954 Supreme Court decision on school desegregation, "Brown vs. Board of Education."

Cast (short)

101.
CINDERELLA NAMED ELIZABETH, A (1965)
Describes how Elizabeth Hartman was auditioned and chosen for the part of Selina in "A Patch of Blue."

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