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 Guncrazy (1992) 2nd Parole Officer
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 Piece Of The Action, A (1977) Voison Waiter
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 Trouble Comes to Town (1973) Buchanan
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James Wheaton was a veteran stage actor, best known for his work at Nick Stewart’s Ebony Showcase Theatre in Los Angeles, when a young director named George Lucas selected him over Orson Welles to play the narrator OMM in his first feature, THX 1138. In the wake of this auspicious debut, Wheaton would appear in supporting roles in several black-themed pictures, but his widest recognition would be on the small screen. Some of his most memorable guest starring roles included Nelson B. Davis “The Friendly Undertaker” on the “Sanford and Son” series or Hewitt, the uptight banker to objects to J.J.’s mural on “Good Times.” Throughout his over 40 year career, theatre remained in Wheaton’s blood. He played the father during the Ebony Showcase’s record-breaking run of “Norman, Is That You?” and directed a touring production of the play featuring Pat Paulsen in the lead. In 1999, “Masks Before the Altar,” a memoir about his experiences in the early 1950s as the only African American member of a touring theatre company was published. At the time of his death in 2002, he was developing a one-man show based on the works of poet Langston Hughes.

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