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Born: June 1, 1937 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Memphis, Tennessee, USA Profession: Cast ...
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1945:
Played the lead role in a school play at age eight
1949:
Won a statewide drama competition at age 12
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Performed on a radio show in Nashville, TN while in high school
1955:
Turned down a partial scholarship in drama from Jackson State University to serve in the Air Force
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Lived in New York, where he danced at the 1964 World's Fair; also lived in San Francisco, where he joined the Opera Ring musical theater group
1965:
Worked as an extra on the feature film "The Pawnbroker"
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Left the Opera Ring when he was asked to play an Indian who waves a flag at the end of a production of "Little Mary Sunshine"
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Made acting debut in the touring company of Peter Shaffer's "The Royal Hunt of the Sun"
1967:
Made off-Broadway debut as Creampuff opposite Viveca Lindfors in "The Niggerlovers"
1967:
Broadway debut, played Rudolph in all-black production of "Hello, Dolly!" with Pearl Bailey and Cab Calloway at the St James Theatre
1970:
Played the title role in "Purlie!" when it was staged by the American National Theater Academy in New York
1971:
Played Easy Reader on TV's "The Electric Company" (PBS)
1971:
Made film acting debut as Afro in "Who Says I Can't Ride a Rainbow?"
1978:
Had featured role in the Broadway play "The Mighty Gents"; received rave reviews and a Tony nomination, but play closed after nine performances
1978:
Acted in the ABC miniseries "Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry"
1980:
Appeared in support of Robert Redford in "Brubaker"
1980:
Co-starred in the ABC movie "Attica"
1984:
Originated role of the Messenger in the off-Broadway staging of "The Gospel at Colonus"; reprised role in the 1985 PBS TV adaptation
1985:
Had featured role in the CBS miniseries "The Atlanta Child Murders"
1986:
Originated role of the black chauffeur hired to take around an elderly Jewish woman in the Pulitzer-winning, off-Broadway hit "Driving Miss Daisy"
1987:
Earned a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for turn as the pimp Fast Black in "Street Smart"
1989:
Cast in first starring film role, as New Jersey high school principal Joe Clark in "Lean on Me"
1989:
Co-starred as a Union soldier in an all-black unit in "Glory"
1989:
Reprised the role of chaffeur Hoke, opposite Jessica Tandy in "Driving Miss Daisy," the film version of the award-winning play; received Best Actor Academy Award nomination
1990:
Cast as the Judge in "Bonfire of the Vanities," Brian De Palma's screen version of Tom Wolfe's novel
1991:
Portrayed Azeem, the Moor and friend to the title character in "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves"
1992:
Cast opposite Clint Eastwood's gunslinger William Munny in the Oscar-winning Best Picture "Unforgiven"
1993:
Made feature directorial debut with "Bopha!"
1994:
Earned second Best Actor Oscar nomination as inmate Ellis 'Red' Redding in "The Shawshank Redemption"; film was adapted from a short story by Stephen King
1995:
Co-starred with Brad Pitt as homicide detectives in David Fincher's "Se7en"
1996:
Played the enigmatic project head in "Chain Reaction"
1996:
Formed Revelations Entertainment with Lori McCreary
1997:
Portrayed police detective Alex Cross in "Kiss the Girls"; film based on James Patterson's novel; Ashley Judd co-starred
1997:
Tapped by Steven Spielberg to portray an abolitionist in "Amistad"
1998:
Portrayed the U.S. President coping the imminent destruction of Earth by an oncoming meteor in "Deep Impact"
1999:
Made debut as an executive producer with the NBC TV-movie "Mutiny," based on the real-life Port Chicago Mutiny
2000:
With Gene Hackman, co-executive produced and co-starred in "Under Suspicion"
2001:
Reprised role of Alex Cross in "Along Came a Spider"
2002:
Reteamed with Ashley Judd in "High Crimes"
2002:
Portrayed the director of the CIA in "The Sum of All Fears"; adapted from the Tom Clancy best-seller
2003:
Starred as the villain in "The Dreamcatcher"; adapted from a Stephen King novel
2003:
Played God in the feature "Bruce Almighty"
2004:
Co-starred with Owen Wilson in "The Big Bounce"
2004:
Cast as Eddie Scrap-Iron Dupris opposite Hilary Swank in "Million Dollar Baby"; directed by Clint Eastwood who also co-starred
2005:
Cast as former Wayne Enterprises board member Lucius Fox opposite Christian Bale's Bruce Wayne/Batman in Christopher Nolan's "Batman Begins"
2006:
Played 'The Boss' opposite Josh Hartnett in the thriller "Lucky Number Slevin"
2006:
Cast as a nameless actor in Brad Silberling's low-budget feature "10 Items or Less"
2007:
Reprised his role as God in "Evan Almighty," the sequel to "Bruce Almighty" starring Steve Carell in the lead role
2007:
Played a Boston Police Chief in Ben Affleck's feature directing debut "Gone, Baby, Gone"
2008:
Returned to Broadway in a Mike Nichols directed revival of Clifford Odets's play "The Country Girl"
2008:
Cast as an assassin in the comic book adaptation "Wanted"
2008:
Reprised role of Lucius Fox opposite Christian Bale in the Nolan directed sequel "The Dark Knight"
2009:
Portrayed former South African President Nelson Mandela in Clint Eastwood's "Invictus," about the 1995 Rugby World Cup in South Africa
2010:
Co-starred with Bruce Willis in "Red," an adaption of the comic book mini-series of the same name
2011:
Narrated the fantasy action feature "Conan the Barbarian," starring Jason Momoa in the title role
2011:
Co-starred with Harry Connick Jr. and Ashley Judd in the family drama "Dolphin Tale"
2012:
Reprised role of Lucius Fox in Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight Rises"
2013:
Played the Speaker of the House in action thriller "Olympus Has Fallen"
2013:
Featured in the sci-fi movie "Oblivion"
2013:
Appeared in the crime caper "Now You See Me"
2013:
Starred in "Last Vegas" with Robert De Niro and Michael Douglas

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