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Born: May 27, 1936 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York, USA Profession: Cast ...
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Raised in Brooklyn, New York
1953:
Broadway debut, "Take a Giant Step"
1954:
TV debut on "Philco Television Playhouse"
1955:
Returned to Broadway supporting Shirley Booth in "The Desk Set"
1959:
Received an offer to play for the New York Knicks but turned it down to take a stage role in "A Raisin in the Sun"
1961:
Film debut, "A Raisin in the Sun"
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Was a nightclub singer at the Bitter End, Folk City, Gaslight Club, Black Pussy Cat and Cafe Id in New York during the 1960s
1964:
Acted on Broadway in musical version of "Golden Boy", starring Sammy Davis Jr
1968:
Played Willie Nurse on Broadway in Sidney Poitier's directorial debut, "Carry Me Back to Morningside Heights"
1969:
Wrote protest song, "Handsome Johnny", performed by Richie Havens at Woodstock music festival
1970:
TV series regular on "The Young Rebels" (ABC), set during the American Revolutionary War era; played blacksmith Isak Poole
1972:
Provided comic relief in George Cukor's "Travels With My Aunt", playing Maggie Smith's fortune-telling companion
1975:
Acted alongside James Earl Jones and Cicely Tyson in "The River Niger", a feature film based on the 1972 Tony-winning play
1977:
Played Fiddler on the landmark ABC miniseries "Roots"; garnered Emmy Award
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Starred as Dr MacArthur St Clair on the short-lived ABC medical series "The Lazarus Syndrome"
1981:
Portrayed legendary baseball pitcher Satchel Paige in ABC movie "Don't Look Back"
1982:
Won Academy Award as Best Supporting Actor for his performance as the tough drill sergeant in "An Officer and a Gentleman"
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Co-starred as the alien Dehay (alias Walt Shepherd) on NBC sci-fi series, "The Powers of Matthew Star"
1983:
Earned an Emmy nomination for his portrayal of Anwar Sadat in the synicated miniseries "Sadat"
1985:
Offered a feature sci-fi turn as the lizard-like Jeriba Shiban in "Enemy Mine"
1986:
Created the role of Charles 'Chappy' Sinclair in "Iron Eagle"; reprised role in two feature sequels and one TV-movie
1987:
Picked up another Emmy nomination for his performance in "A Gathering of Old Men" (CBS)
1988:
Reprised his Emmy-winning role as Fiddler in the ABC holiday TV-movie, "Roots: The Gift"
1989:
Starred as an anthropologist in the rotating ABC adventure series "Gideon Oliver"
1992:
Played 'Honey' Roy Palmer in "Diggstown", with Bruce Dern and James Woods; then-wife Cyndi played on-screen wife
1994:
First producing credit (as co-executive producer), the NBC movie "Ray Alexander: A Taste for Justice"; also starred
1996:
Executive produced and starred in two Showtime movies, "Inside", directed by Arthur Penn, and "Run For the Dream: The Gail Devers Story", in which he played track coach Bob Kersee
1997:
Executive produced and starred in the TV-movies "To Dance With Olivia" (CBS) and "In His Father's Shoes" (Showtime); latter won a Daytime Emmy as Outstanding Children's Special
1997:
Co-produced and starred in feature film "Managua"
1998:
Narrated the AMC special "Small Steps, Big Strides: The Black Experience in Hollywood"
1998:
Was executive producer and star of the Showtime original thriller "The Inspectors"; reprised role and producer duties in the 2000 sequel "The Inspectors 2: A Shred of Evidence"
1998:
Featured in "Bram Stoker's Legend of the Mummy", aired on HBO
1999:
Contributed to the Showtime anthology drama "Love Songs", directing the "A Love Song For Champ" segment and acting in the other two segments of the dramatic trilogy
1999:
Played Vernon Jordan in the Showtime original film "Strange Justice"
2000:
Played the tough owner of a telemarketing firm with a cameo in the Canadian independent thriller "The Highwayman"
2000:
Executive produced and starred in the CBS TV-movie "The Color of Love: Jacey's Story"
2001:
Starred in and was executive producer of the sequel "For Love of Olivia"
2002:
Returned to Broadway playing Billy Flynn in the long-running revival of "Chicago"; left production after about a week reportedly due to ill health
2005:
Cast in the HBO original movie "Lackawanna Blues" based on Ruben Santiago-Hudson autobiographical one man show
2005:
Had a recurring role in "Stargate SG-1"
2007:
Starred in Tyler Perry's "Daddy's Little Girls"

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