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Also Known As: Died:
Born: April 18, 1937 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Washington, Washington D.C., USA Profession: actor

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Robert Hooks has enjoyed a long and esteemed acting career. He is recognized for his talent, as well as for his position as a pioneering African-American actor who broke down racial barriers. He had been living in Philadelphia and was inspired to move to New York after seeing the out-of-town tryouts for a production of "A Raisin in the Sun." He would eventually go on to win a New York Drama Critics Award for his Broadway debut in that production. In 1963, he took his first television role in the drama "East Side/West Side." By 1967, he had a starring role as Detective Jeff Ward in the cop show "N.Y.P.D.," the first black actor to play the lead in a television program. He played the role until 1969. Some other programs he's been seen in include the crime show "The Streets of San Francisco," which starred Michael Douglas; the medical drama "Trapper John, M.D."; and "L.A. Law," where he was featured in two episodes as Judge Earl Gregory. He has made a few film appearances--in the sci-fi sequel "Star Trek III: The Search for Spock" playing Fleet Admiral Morrow, and starring as a tough no-nonsense private eye, Mr. T., in the 1972 blaxploitation film, "Trouble Man," a flop known mostly for its soundtrack...

Robert Hooks has enjoyed a long and esteemed acting career. He is recognized for his talent, as well as for his position as a pioneering African-American actor who broke down racial barriers. He had been living in Philadelphia and was inspired to move to New York after seeing the out-of-town tryouts for a production of "A Raisin in the Sun." He would eventually go on to win a New York Drama Critics Award for his Broadway debut in that production. In 1963, he took his first television role in the drama "East Side/West Side." By 1967, he had a starring role as Detective Jeff Ward in the cop show "N.Y.P.D.," the first black actor to play the lead in a television program. He played the role until 1969. Some other programs he's been seen in include the crime show "The Streets of San Francisco," which starred Michael Douglas; the medical drama "Trapper John, M.D."; and "L.A. Law," where he was featured in two episodes as Judge Earl Gregory. He has made a few film appearances--in the sci-fi sequel "Star Trek III: The Search for Spock" playing Fleet Admiral Morrow, and starring as a tough no-nonsense private eye, Mr. T., in the 1972 blaxploitation film, "Trouble Man," a flop known mostly for its soundtrack by Marvin Gaye. Hooks is also the founder of two major black theater groups, the New York-based Theatre Workshop, and in Washington the Black Repertory Company.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Seventeen Again (2000) Grandpa Gene
2.
 Free of Eden (1999) Joe Sherman
3.
 Glory and Honor (1998) Thomas
4.
 Fled (1996) Lieutnant Clark
5.
 Posse (1993) King David
6.
 Passenger 57 (1992) Dwight Henderson
7.
8.
 Heat Wave (1990) Reverend Brooks
9.
 Appearances (1990) Wesley
10.
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Education

Templeton University: -

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son:
Kevin Hooks. Divorced.
son:
Kevin Hooks. Director, former actor.

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