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Also Known As: Fred Williamson Died:
Born: March 5, 1938 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Gary, Indiana, USA Profession: director, actor, screenwriter, producer, professional football player

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This devilishly handsome former football player managed to parlay his sports fame into a career in acting, writing and directing. Born and raised in Gary, IN, Williamson spent the 1960s playing football for the Kansas City Chiefs. He made his acting debut at the age of 31 in the 1969 TV-movie "Deadlock" and in 1970 became a regular on the series "Julia", as the law student boyfriend of star Diahann Carroll.

This devilishly handsome former football player managed to parlay his sports fame into a career in acting, writing and directing. Born and raised in Gary, IN, Williamson spent the 1960s playing football for the Kansas City Chiefs. He made his acting debut at the age of 31 in the 1969 TV-movie "Deadlock" and in 1970 became a regular on the series "Julia", as the law student boyfriend of star Diahann Carroll.

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DIRECTOR:

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  Silent Hunter (1995) Director
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  South Beach (1993) Director
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  Steele's Law (1991) Director
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  Three Days to a Kill (1991) Director
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  Kill Reflex, The (1990) Director
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  Messenger, The (1987) Director
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  Foxtrap (1986) Director
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  Last Fight, The (1983) Director
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  Big Score, The (1983) Director
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  One Down Two To Go (1982) Director

CAST: (feature film)

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 Fighting Words (2007)
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 Crooked (2007)
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 Starsky & Hutch (2004) Captain Doby
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 Hip Hopera: Carmen (2001) Lou
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 Independent, The (2000) Himself
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 Active Stealth (2000)
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 Blackjack (1998) Tom Hastings
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1969:
Acting debut in NBC telefilm "Deadlock"
1969:
TV debut as Diahann Carroll's love interest on NBC comedy "Julia"
1970:
Made film acting debut in "M*A*S*H"
1973:
Posed nude for <i>Playgirl</i> magazine (October)
1973:
Played an African-American mafioso in "Black Caesar"
1974:
TV commentator for ABC's "Monday Night Football" on a few pre-season broadcasts, but was deemed unsuitable; was relieved of his duties at the beginning of the regular season
1974:
First feature credit as writer and co-producer (with Jack Arnold), "Boss Nigger"
1975:
First feature directing credit, "Adios Amigo" (also produced)
1982:
Starred in director Enzo Castellari's Italian post-apocalyptic film, "Warriors of the Wasteland"
1987:
Portrayed Detective Robert Malone in "The Black Cobra"
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Reprised role of Detective Malone for "The Black Cobra 2" (1988) and "The Black Cobra 2" (1990)
1996:
Produced and co-starred with fellow 1970s Blaxploitation stars in "Original Gangstas"
2001:
Co-starred in "Carmen: A Hip Hopera"
2004:
Appeared in the feature film version of the 1970s television series "Starsky and Hutch"
2007:
Co-starred in "Fighting Words" with C. Thomas Howell
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Education

Northwestern University: Evanston , Illinois -

Notes

Williamson posed for Playgirl magazine in October 1973.

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wife:
Linda Williamson.

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