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Also Known As: Madge Walters Sinclair, Madge Sinclair-Compton, Madge Dorita Walters Died: December 20, 1995
Born: April 28, 1938 Cause of Death: leukemia
Birth Place: Kingston, JM Profession: actor, art dealer, teacher, insurance clerk, clothing manufacturer, income tax specialist

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A prolific black character actress of stage, screen, and especially television, Sinclair was long a fixture in drama series ("Trapper John, M.D." CBS, 1979-86, "Gabriel's Fire" ABC, 1990-91), miniseries ("Roots" ABC, 1977) and TV-movies ("I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" CBS, 1979, "Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones" CBS, 1980, "Divided We Stand" ABC, 1988). Sinclair's forthright manner has enhanced many tough but essentially warm-hearted character roles, some, like herself, of West Indies descent.Among Sinclair's feature film credits are "I Will...I Will...for Now", "Cornbread, Earl and Me" (both 1975), "Leadbelly" (1976), "Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home" (1986) and "Coming to America" (1988). Her final film role was the voice of the Lion Queen in Disney's "The Lion King" (1994).A capable and versatile businesswoman as well, Sinclair was an art dealer, chairwoman of the women's clothing manufacturer, Madge Walters Sinclair Inc., and owner of the Action Income Tax Service.

A prolific black character actress of stage, screen, and especially television, Sinclair was long a fixture in drama series ("Trapper John, M.D." CBS, 1979-86, "Gabriel's Fire" ABC, 1990-91), miniseries ("Roots" ABC, 1977) and TV-movies ("I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" CBS, 1979, "Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones" CBS, 1980, "Divided We Stand" ABC, 1988). Sinclair's forthright manner has enhanced many tough but essentially warm-hearted character roles, some, like herself, of West Indies descent.

Among Sinclair's feature film credits are "I Will...I Will...for Now", "Cornbread, Earl and Me" (both 1975), "Leadbelly" (1976), "Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home" (1986) and "Coming to America" (1988). Her final film role was the voice of the Lion Queen in Disney's "The Lion King" (1994).

A capable and versatile businesswoman as well, Sinclair was an art dealer, chairwoman of the women's clothing manufacturer, Madge Walters Sinclair Inc., and owner of the Action Income Tax Service.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Lion King, The (1994) Voice Of Sarabi
2.
 Man With Three Wives, The (1993) Margaret
3.
 Jonathan: The Boy Nobody Wanted (1992) Faye Lincoln
4.
 Orchid House, The (1991) Lally
5.
6.
 Coming to America (1988) Queen Aoleon
7.
 Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986) Captain Of The Uss Saratoga
8.
 Victims (1982) Sergeant Ashcroft
9.
 High Ice (1980) Dr Pittman
10.
 Jimmy B. & Andre (1980) Mudear
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Worked as a schoolteacher for six years
1969:
Made stage debut in New York Shakespeare Festival production of "Kumaliza"; played an African princess
1974:
Made feature film debut in "Conrack"
1977:
Portrayed Bell, Kunta Kinte's wife, in ABC miniseries, "Roots"; received first Emmy nomination
1978:
Played Madge, Senator Kelley's secretary, in short-lived NBC comedy-drama, "Grandpa Goes to Washington"
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Played role of Nurse Ernestine Shoop in CBS medical drama, "Trapper John, M.D."
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Portrayed Gussie Lemone in ABC detective series, "O'Hara"
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Appeared in role of "Empress" Josephine Austin in ABC drama series, "Gabriel's Fire"
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Co-starred in ABC sitcom "Me and the Boys"
1994:
Final screen credit, as voice of the Lion Queen in Disney's "The Lion King"
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Education

Shortwood Women's College: -

Notes

Received three Emmy nominations as Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her work on "Trapper John, M.D."

Sinclair has guest-starred on such television series as "All in the Family", "Medical Center", "The Waltons", "The White Shadow", "Serpico", and "Doctor's Hospital"

Sinclair was inducted into the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame (1992).

She received a honorary doctorate from Sierra University.

She also was a recipient of Mother of the Year Award from the National Mother's Day Committee (1984).

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husband:
Royston Sinclair. Deputy police commissioner. Jamaican; divorced 1969.
husband:
Dean Compton. College instructor; clothing manufacturer. Married 1971; survived her.

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mother:
Jemima Walters. Schoolteacher. Survived her.
father:
Herbert Walters. Entrepreneur.
son:
Garry Sinclair. By first husband; survived her.
son:
Wayne Sinclair. By first husband; survived her.
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