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Born: June 16, 1934 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Cleveland, Ohio, USA Profession: Cast ...
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Served in U.S. Army just after the Korean War
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Started acting at age 35 while working as a used car salesman in his native Cleveland, OH
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Performed in community theater
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Moved to NYC where he began working with the Negro Ensemble Company
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Broadway debut, "The First Breeze of Summer"
1977:
First notable film credit, "Greased Lightning"
1978:
Made in TV debut in NBC biographical miniseries "King"
1982:
Appeared in Broadway production of "Master Harold...and the Boys"
1982:
Landed first substantial TV role in "The Member of the Wedding," a presentation of "NBC Live Theater"
1987:
Starred opposite Ruby Dee in "My Man Bovanne," a segment of "Ossie and Ruby" directed by Ossie Davis
1988:
Landed first recurring role in a TV series, playing the Dutchman on highly regarded ABC sitcom "The 'Slap' Maxwell Story"
1989:
Appeared as a regular on "Homeroom," a short-lived ABC sitcom
1990:
Co-starred with James Garner in "Decoration Day" (NBC), a "Hallmark Hall of Fame" presentation
1991:
Appeared as a regular on acclaimed NBC drama series "I'll Fly Away"
1994:
Landed pivotal role of Moses the clock man in the Coen brothers' "The Hudsucker Proxy"
1997:
Returned to series TV as regular on CBS sitcom "The Gregory Hines Show"
2000:
Landed regular role on NBC sic-fi drama "The Others"
2000:
Appeared regularly on short-lived "The Michael Richards Show" (NBC)
2001:
Played recurring role of Chaplain Matthew Turner on "JAG" (CBS)
2002:
Landed recurring role on ABC comedy series "The Drew Carey Show"
2006:
Cast opposite Ben Stiller in adventure comedy "Night at the Museum"
2010:
Appeared in direct-to-video family feature "The Search for Santa Paws"
2011:
Acted in feature film reboot of "The Muppets"
2013:
Played Master Tinkerer in fantasy adventure "Oz the Great and Powerful" opposite James Franco in title role

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