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Also Known As: Jack Crowder Died: October 9, 1991
Born: November 15, 1939 Cause of Death: heart attack; had been suffering from leukemia
Birth Place: Miami, Florida, USA Profession: actor, singer, assistant director, football player, public relations executive

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Tall, handsome, commanding black actor with a resonant voice who began his career in the 1960s as a musical comedy performer on the New York stage under the name Jack Crowder. Rasulala appeared in the off-Broadway musicals "Fly, Blackbird" with Robert Guillaume and "The Fantasticks" and won a Theater World Award for his Broadway debut as Cornelius Hackl in the Pearl Bailey production of "Hello, Dolly!" (1976). He made his film debut in "The Out-of-Towners" (1970) and throughout the 1970s and 80s was featured in the blaxploitation films "Blacula" (1972), "Bucktown" (1975) and the actioners "Cool Breeze" (1972), "Willie Dynamite" (1974), and "New Jack City" (1991). He appeared on the TV series "What's Happening!!" and gave his most notable performances in the TV movie, "The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman" (1974) and as Kunta Kinte's father, Omoro, in the mini-series "Roots" (1977).

Tall, handsome, commanding black actor with a resonant voice who began his career in the 1960s as a musical comedy performer on the New York stage under the name Jack Crowder. Rasulala appeared in the off-Broadway musicals "Fly, Blackbird" with Robert Guillaume and "The Fantasticks" and won a Theater World Award for his Broadway debut as Cornelius Hackl in the Pearl Bailey production of "Hello, Dolly!" (1976). He made his film debut in "The Out-of-Towners" (1970) and throughout the 1970s and 80s was featured in the blaxploitation films "Blacula" (1972), "Bucktown" (1975) and the actioners "Cool Breeze" (1972), "Willie Dynamite" (1974), and "New Jack City" (1991). He appeared on the TV series "What's Happening!!" and gave his most notable performances in the TV movie, "The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman" (1974) and as Kunta Kinte's father, Omoro, in the mini-series "Roots" (1977).

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Mom and Dad Save the World (1992) General Afir
2.
 New Jack City (1991) Police Commissioner
3.
 Hitz (1991)
4.
 Blind Vengeance (1990) Reverend Abraham Mace
5.
 Life on the Edge (1990) Truman Brown
6.
 Lambada (1990) Wesley Wilson
7.
 Preppie Murder, The (1989) Judge Bell
8.
 Package, The (1989) Secret Service Commander
9.
 Above the Law (1988) Deputy Superintendant Crowder
10.
 Bulletproof (1988) Billy Dunbar
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1967:
Broadway debut, "Hello, Dolly!"
1970:
Film debut in "The Out-of-Towners"
1977:
Played Omoro in the miniseries "Roots"
1962:
Off-Broadway debut, "Fly Blackbird"
1961:
Performed in original West Coast production of "Fly Blackbird"
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Worked as public relations executive for a Los Angeles firm
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Changed name from Jack Crowder to Thalmus Rasulala in the early 1970s
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Was All Conference end football player
1973:
Was assistant director on "The Slams"
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Featured as Bill Thomas on the TV sitcom, "What's Happening!!"
1972:
First film as Thalmus Rasulala, "Cool Breeze"
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Had a recurring role on TV series, "General Hospital"
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Served as contract co-ordinator for the US Air Force
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Education

University of Redlands: -

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wife:
Sherilyn Rasulala.

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son:
Mark Rasulala.
son:
Kenny Rasulala.
son:
Scott Rasulala.
daughter:
Ainee Rasulala.
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