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Also Known As: Woodrow Strode, Woodrow Wilson Strode, Woody W. Strode, Woodrow W. Strode, Woodrow Wilson Strode, Woodrow Strode Died: December 31, 1994
Born: July 25, 1914 Cause of Death: lung cancer
Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, USA Profession: actor, professional football player, professional wrestler

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Black actor and former pro football player and wrestler who made his film debut in the early 1940s. 6'4" tall and weighing in at 210 pounds, Strode lent his imposing presence to a number of mostly peripheral roles, such as Kirk Douglas' sparring partner in "Spartacus" (1960), though he got a chance to flex his underused acting muscles as a soldier wrongly accused of rape in John Ford's "Sergeant Rutledge" (1960).

Black actor and former pro football player and wrestler who made his film debut in the early 1940s. 6'4" tall and weighing in at 210 pounds, Strode lent his imposing presence to a number of mostly peripheral roles, such as Kirk Douglas' sparring partner in "Spartacus" (1960), though he got a chance to flex his underused acting muscles as a soldier wrongly accused of rape in John Ford's "Sergeant Rutledge" (1960).

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Quick and the Dead, The (1995) Charles Moonlight
2.
 Storyville (1992) Charlie Sumpter
3.
 On Fire (1987) Woody
4.
 Gathering of Old Men, A (1987) Yank
5.
 Cotton Club, The (1984) Holmes
6.
 Lust In The Dust (1984) Black Man
7.
 Vigilante (1983) Rake
8.
 The Black Stallion Returns (1983) Meslar
9.
 Final Executioner, The (1983) Sam
10.
 Jungle Warriors (1983) Luther
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1994:
Final screen appearance, "The Quick and the Dead"
1941:
Film acting debut in "Sundown"
:
Was one of the first black players to integrate collegiate football prior to WWII
1960:
First top billing and most memorable role, "Sergeant Rutledge"
:
Professional wrestler for nine years after WWII
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Education

University of California at Los Angeles: Los Angeles, California -

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wife:
Luuikialuana Kaliealoa. Hawaiian princess, former actor. Met Strode in 1938, married c. 1940; died on September 17, 1980 of Parkinson's disease.

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son:
Woody Strode Jr.
daughter:
June Strode. Actor. Worked primarily in commercials.

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"Goal Dust" Madison Books

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