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Cast (feature film)

Lion King, The (2019)
Live action remake of the Disney animated film about a lion cub who goes into hiding after being blamed for his father's death, only to return when he realizes he is destined to be King.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)
Storyline is under wraps.
Angriest Man in Brooklyn, The (2014)
Some people have bad days. Henry Altmann has one every day. Always unhappy and angry at the world including everyone in it, Henry sits impatiently at the doctor's office when he is finally seen by Dr. Sharon Gill. Sharon, who is enduring her own bad day, reveals that Henry has a brain aneurysm. Th
Quantum Quest (2012)
Dave, a photon of light, is involved in a great struggle in the atomic world against the evil forces of the Void and his anti-matter army. It is a journey from the Sun to Saturn and back to Earth, that reveals amazing discoveries made by SOHO, Odyssey, and Cassini-Huygens NASA/JPL space exploration
Jack and the Beanstalk (2010)
A fairy tale character who is about to flunk out of fairy tale school, Jack must perform a heroic deed by Monday or fail miserably, just like his father before him. Anxious to make good, Jack sells his C.O.W. (Computer of Wonder) for a handful of magic beans and a mysterious book that records his a
Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins (2008)
Talk-show sensation RJ Stevens left behind his modest Southern upbringing and family name to transform into a self-help guru dispensing his "Team of Me" philosophy to millions of adoring fans. With a reality-TV-star fiancée and money to burn, there's no piece of the Hollywood dream RJ hasn't achiev
Poker House, The (2008)
An ordinary day in young Agnes' life is anything but. With a strung-out mother, a pimp father and a home overrun by gamblers, thieves and johns, Agnes is simply trying to survive, along with her two younger sisters.
Earth (2007)
The story of three animal families and their amazing journeys across the planet we all call home. The film combines rare action, unimaginable scale and impossible locations by capturing the most intimate moments of our planet's wildest and most elusive creatures.
Searching for Orson (2006)
An exploration of Orson Welles's career and public life. Blending lost footage from his incomplete films and interviews with those who knew him best, film serves as an oral and visual history of an artist who put forth an image of himself in everything he did.
Benchwarmers, The (2006)
Gus, Richie and Clark are three underdogs who spent a great deal of time on the bench when they were kids. Now, they're getting a second chance. Mel is a local billionaire whose son Nelson is always being intimidated by the other kids. One day, Gus and Clark rescue Nelson from a bunch of bullies on
Scary Movie 4 (2006)
The ever-naïve Cindy Campbell, seeking a career in home healthcare, finds work with a creepy old lady in an even creepier old house haunted by a ghostly presence. Throw in a good-looking guy next door and the threat of aliens intent on global domination and Cindy''s instantly up to the top of her extremely blond head in danger. Our fearless heroine catapults into action once again struggling to decipher ominous messages from the beyond, looking for love in some very weird places and trying to save the world from mass destruction. As she struggles to discover life-saving answers, Cindy encounters horrific plane crashes, bodacious blind girls, village idiots, disheveled rappers, kinky contraptions, psycho survivalists, alien sphincters and even Oprah!
2004: A Light Knight's Odyssey (2005) as Cast
Our story begins with the Cassini Saturn space craft releasing the Huygens Titan probe. We then transition to earth, where a 12-year-old girl, Jeana, places a sun filter over a telescope to view sun spots. She asks her mentor, an African American Professor "Why is the Sun so bright?" This leads the
Robots (2005) as Voice
In a wondrously clanky universe populated solely by mechanical beings live memorable robots Rodney Copperbottom, a young genius inventor who dreams of helping robots everywhere; Cappy, a beautiful, dynamic and savvy bot with whom Rodney is instantly smitten; the nefarious corporate tyrant Ratchet wh
Our Friend, Martin (1999) as Voice Of Daddy King
Fictional story focuses on two 12-year-old boys, one black and the other white, who travel in time with the help of a magical watch, interacting with Martin Luther King, Jr., at different moments in his life. Interspersed throughout the animation is actual film footage and photographs.
Undercover Angel (1999) as Judge
Harrison Tyler, a struggling pulp fiction writer, gets a surprise visit from his ex-girlfriend, Melissa, who asks him to take care of her six year-old daughter Jenny for a month while she is going on a sabbatical. When he develops a bond with the little girl, he switches his pulp fiction writing wit
Annihilation of Fish, The (1999) as Fish
Fish, a lonely Jamaican man, and Poinsettia, an equally lonely American spinster, meet in a California boarding house. Mrs. Muldroone, the eccentric landlady, heads a "supporting cast" of imaginary characters that includes Hank, a jealous demon, and Puccini, the long-dead composer who has become Poi
Summer's End (1999) as Dr William Blakely
A young boy and his older brother spend a summer in their family's lakeside home after the death of their father. When a retired black doctor returns to the community of his boyhood and befriends the younger boy, the two brothers find themselves set against one another as the town's racist past flar
Dreamrider (1999) as William Perry
Based on the true story of Bruce Jennings, a 24-year-old former high school track star who lost his leg in a motorcycle accident and went on to race in a 3,000-mile cross-country bicycle race from Newport Beach, California, to Boston, Massachusetts.
Fantasia 2000 (1999) as Host
Walt Disney's dream of creating a "concert film" with a perpetually changing musical repertoire is at last realized with the debut of the animated extravaganza, "Fantasia/2000." The film introduces seven spectacular new animated sequences set to the music of the masters and spotlights the return of
Santa and Pete (1999) as Grandpa
The grandfather in a close-knit family, recounts the legend of Santa on a snowy Christmas Eve. While on a pilgrimage in Spain, St. Nicholas, a Christian bishop, is persecuted for his Christianity and arrested. In jail, St. Nick meets Pete, a young Black Moor working as the prison cook. They become f
MERLIN (1998) as Voice Of The Mountain King
Miniseries set in medieval times, focusing on Merlin, the legendary teacher-court magician of King Arthur, from Sir Thomas Malory's novel "Morte d'Arthur." Merlin uses his powers to travel in time; battle Mab, the Queen of Darkness, and the evil, bewitching Morgan Le Fey; educate a future king; and
Lion King II: Simba's Pride, The (1998) as Voice Of Mufasa
Simba is now the king of the beasts, with his mate Nala by his side and newborn Kiara. Kiara proves to be a free spirit, and wanders in the forbidden Outlands where she meets Kovu. Kovu is the son of evil Zira, and begins by helping his mother plot to destroy Simba. However, as he grows up he falls
AFI's 100 Years...100 Movies (1998)
This American Film Institute special covers the full spectrum of American movie making from westerns to musicals focussing on the top 100 films chosen by the AFI including Psycho, On the Waterfront, E.T. - The extra-terrestrial, West Side Story, Citizen Kane, 2001, and many others.
Primary Colors (1998) as Cnn Voiceover
The fictional story of a presidential run by Jack Stanton, a womanizing, idealistic Southern governor who battles other Democratic candidates in a primary run in 1992. As seen through the eyes of his African-American campaign manager, the Stanton campaign is filled with enthusiastic young Democrats all of whom have dreams that their man is going to win. The story behind the scenes, however, is a little more bawdy and involves Jack Stanton''s politically astute wife; an attempt to blackmail the candidate with doctored audiotapes detailing a past sexual encounter; an alleged bastard child of Stanton''s from a black teenager; a possibly illegal real estate deal known as Tidewater Estates; the uncovering of a candidate''s past as a cocaine-addicted homosexual by Stanton''s campaign; and the suicide of one of Stanton''s longtime friends.
Casper: A Spirited Beginning (1997) as Voice Of Kibosh
When a lost and confused Casper fails to show up for mandatory new ghost training, Kibosh, the monstrous head of Ghost Central Station, sends his sniveling assistant into the world of "fleshies" to find Casper and bring him back.
What the Deaf Man Heard (1997) as Archibald Thacker
Sammy, a 10-year-old boy pretends to be a deaf mute after his mother abandons him at the Barrington, Georgia, bus station. There, he spends twenty-six years in secret silence, realizing the benefits of pretending he cannot hear or speak. Thinking he is deaf, the townsfolk have blurted out their true
Second Civil War, The (1997) as Jim Kalla
Set in the not-too-distant future, the Governor of Idaho decides to close his state''s borders when a planeload of orphaned refugees from Pakistan are heading that way. Fed up with immigration policies that have transformed the nation into a tumultuous melting pot, the Governor vows to keep the American way of life intact and even threatens to secede from the Union if the federal government responds to his blockade with force. The White House responds with a 67-hour deadline for lifting the blockade. As anarchy reigns in the streets, a news service goes behind the scenes to cover what could be the news event of the century.
Horton Foote's Alone (1997) as Grey
Farmer and recent widower John Webb is suddenly offered money for the mineral rights to his land by a Texas oil man. Webb's nephews, Carl and Gus, Jr., become excited by the proposition since they own 50% of the land's mineral rights after receiving an earlier inheritance from their father. The neph
Gang Related (1997) as Arthur Baylor
Two corrupt cops have a successful, seemingly perfect money making scheme- they sell drugs that they seize from dealers, kill the dealers, and blame the crimes on street gangs. Their scheme is going along smoothly until they kill an undercover DEA agent posing as a dealer, and then try to cover-up t
Rebound: The Legend Of Earl The Goat (1996) as Dr Mcduffie
Based on the true story of Harlem street basketball legend Earl "The Goat" Manigault, whose drug addiction destroyed his hopes of a professional basketball career, but who went on to become one of Harlem's most influential citizens after his recovery from drug abuse.
Looking for Richard (1996) as Himself
Moving from New York's streets to London's reconstructed Globe Theater, and talking with everyone from strangers encountered by chance to scholars and celebrated actors, Al Pacino serves as the voluble, mercurial center of a film that interweaves commentary on Shakespeare with analysis of, rehearsal
Timepiece (1996) as Lawrence
Prequel to the television movie, "The Christmas Box." Tells the story behind a beautiful old watch that an old friend of Richard Evans, bequeathed to his daughter as a wedding gift.
Good Luck (1996) as James Bing
Two disabled friends -- one blind and one a paraplegic -- sign up for a whitewater rafting race to regain their self-esteem.
Family Thing, A (1996) as Roy Murdoch
Earl Pilcher, Jr., has lived his entire life in the same house in the same town in rural Arkansas. An ordinary man, he was raised in the Southern traditions of family and, now in his 60s, his world is settled and uncomplicated. But Earl is about to discover that the one person he knows the least abo
Making of Jurassic Park (1995) as Host
Behind-the-scenes look at the dinosaur special effects created for the feature film "Jurassic Park."
Cry, The Beloved Country (1995) as Reverend Stephen Kumalo
A South African preacher sets out to find his wayward son who has committed a crime in the big city.
Jefferson in Paris (1995) as Madison Hemings
Set just prior to the French Revolution, the story revolves around Thomas Jefferson, then US ambassador to France, and his relationship with Maria Cosway, the unhappy wife of an unfaithful husband.
Lion King, The (1994) as Voice Of Mufasa
A young lion cub hides from his colony after being blamed for his father's death, but triumphantly returns when he realizes it his destiny to be King.
Countdown to Freedom: Ten Days That Changed South Africa (1994) as Narration
An inside view of Nelson Mandela's successful campaign for the presidency of South Africa.
Clear and Present Danger (1994) as Admiral James Greer
The story of a covert war waged against Colombian drug lords by the Central Intelligence Agency.
Conversations (1994) as Man No 7
Story follows Cleo, a young, half black, half white unemployed actress on the day she discovers she is to be evicted from her apartment. The rest of the day is spent in conversation with her best friend, her long distance boyfriend, her landlord, agent, and her disapproving mother.
Confessions: Two Faces of Evil (1994) as Charlie Lloyd
Two young men each confess to the Christmas Eve slaying of a California police officer. Based on a true story.
Twilight Zone: Rod Serling's Lost Classics (1994) as Host
A television movie based on two of the late Rod Serling's unproduced scripts. In "Where the Dead Are," a Boston surgeon in 1868 searches for a scientist who may have the answer to a medical mystery. In "The Theater," a young woman attends a movie theater only to find that her life story is being rev
Clean Slate (1994) as Dolby
A private eye gets short-term amnesia as the result of an accident; he then winds up involved in a jewelry theft.
Meteor Man, The (1993) as Mr Moses
As a result of a meteor shower, an inner city school teacher acquires super-human powers that enable him to bring justice to his neighborhood.
Sandlot, The (1993) as Mr Mertle
The adventures of a group of kids in a small town who play baseball.
Excessive Force (1993)
Story about a cop who's framed for the murder of a mob boss.
Percy and Thunder - Part 1 (1993)
Percy is a crafty, ornery fight trainer who could have been a contender. Thunder is the up-and-coming middleweight boxer he trains. Together they maintain their integrity and resist corruption, even when dealing with a slick, all-powerful Don King-like promoter.
Percy and Thunder - Part 2 (1993)
Percy is a crafty, ornery fight trainer who could have been a contender. Thunder is the up-and-coming middleweight boxer he trains. Together they maintain their integrity and resist corruption, even when dealing with a slick, all-powerful Don King-like promoter.
Percy and Thunder (1993) as Percy Banks
A young black fighter and his veteran trainer are pitted against big-money boxing''s bureaucracy of influence and greed.
Sommersby (1993) as Judge Issacs
Story about a war-torn Confederate soldier who returns from battle a much changed person. Eventually, the wife realizes he is not her husband.
Freddie as F.R.O.7 (1992) as Narration
Prince Frederic is turned into a frog by his wicked aunt Messina and hired by British Intelligence to solve the mysterious disappearances of some of Britain's greatest monuments.
Sneakers (1992) as Mr Bernard Abbott
Story about a team of security experts who naively enter into a covert government operation after their leader is blackmailed.
Patriot Games (1992) as Admiral James Greer
Vacationing with his wife and daughter in London, former CIA agent Jack Ryan steps in to stop the assassination of an English minister, killing a terrorist in the process. The terrorist's brother also happens to be an IRA radical and stalks Ryan back to the United States for revenge. A high-stakes g
True Identity (1991)
Comedy about an unemployed black actor who is made up to look like a white man in order to escape from a gangster who has confessed his identity to him in a moment of panic.
Convicts (1991) as Ben Johnson
Continuing story of a young boy growing up in a small town in Texas. Young Horace Robedaux works on a violent southern farm plantation.
True Identity (1991) as Himself
Comedy about an unemployed black actor who is made up to look like a white man in order to escape from a gangster who has confessed his identity to him in a moment of panic.
Ambulance, The (1991) as Lieutenant Spencer
An abrasive comic book illustrator and the oldest living newspaper reporter trails a mysterious ambulance that abducts New York City residents.
Scorchers (1991) as Bear
Set in the lush Bayou country of Louisiana, the film tells the amusing and erotic story of three women, each trying to come to terms with her own sexuality and the mysteries of life.
Terrorgram (1990) as Voice Of Retribution ("Veteran'S Day") ("Heroine Overdose") ("Pandora")
A trilogy of terrifying and darkly amusing tales.
Ivory Hunters, The (1990) as Police Inspector Nkuru
A photographer who is sent to Kenya to photograph elephants mysteriously disappears. Her friend discovers she has been killed by poachers and he plots to infiltrate the international organization of ivory traffickers and bring the killers to justice.
By Dawn's Early Light (1990) as Alice
A full-scale nuclear war is threatened when an unidentified missile strikes a Russian city. The American president and the Soviet premier race against time to stop their own missiles and save the world from destruction.
Grim Prairie Tales (1990) as Morrison
A timid writer and brusque mountain man meet one night and exchange horror stories.
Hunt for Red October, The (1990) as Us Admiral Greer
A Russian commander decides to defect, taking Russia's newest nuclear sub with him. CIA agent Jack Ryan must track him down.
Heat Wave - Part 1 (1990)
A dramatic re-enactment of the turbulent events of the 1965 Watts riots, as a reporter who moved from Alabama to Los Angeles in hopes of a better career finds himself at the heart of seething racial tensions. Filmed on location in the Watts section of Los Angeles.
Heat Wave - Part 2 (1990)
A dramatic re-enactment of the turbulent events of the 1965 Watts riots, as a reporter who moved from Alabama to Los Angeles in hopes of a better career finds himself at the heart of seething racial tensions. Filmed on location in the Watts section of Los Angeles.
Last Flight Out (1990) as Al Topping
A television movie based on a true story. A group of Americans risk their lives to take 500 Vietnamese civilians to safety aboard the last commercial flight out of Saigon at the end of the Vietnam War in 1975.
Heat Wave (1990) as Junius Johnson
A television movie about the 1965 riots in the Watts section of Los Angeles. Recreates the experiences of Bob Richardson, a young Los Angeles Times messenger who covered the riots and subsequently became the paper''s first African-American reporter.
Best of the Best (1989) as Coach Couzo
Sports adventure about a martial arts competition.
Field Of Dreams (1989) as Terence Mann
Mysterious voices tell an Iowa farmer to build a baseball diamond in his backyard.
Three Fugitives (1989) as Dugan
A bank robber trying to go straight accidentally becomes involved in a robbery, and ends up helping the inexperienced robber.
Coming to America (1988) as King Jaffe Joffer
Where is an African prince supposed to go to find the woman who will one day be his queen? Obviously that would be Queens, New York and that''s where Prince Akeem (Eddie Murphy) goes in this hilarious fish out of water story. Traveling with the prince is his trusted friend Semmi (Arsenio Hall) and, hiding the prince''s identity, the two of them get jobs at a fast-food restaurant. While the prince is trying to adjust to a minimum wage lifestyle, he falls for Lisa (Shari Headley) the daughter of his boss Cleo (John Amos). As romance blooms, Akeem finds it hard to hide his royal secret, especially when the king (James Earl Jones) arrives with his regal entourage.
Pinocchio And The Emperor Of The Night (1987) as Voice Of Emperor Of The Night
Gardens Of Stone (1987) as "Goody" Nelson
Soldiers long for combat in Vietnam while serving at Arlington Cemetery.
Soul Man (1986) as Professor Rutherford Banks
When his father cuts him off financially, spoiled young Mark Watson manages to get himself a scholarship to Harvard by lying on his application about his race and pretending to be an African-American. Mark utilizes bronzing pills, changes his hairstyle, and manages to pass himself off as a person of
My Little Girl (1986) as Ike Bailey
Idealistic Franny is a teenager who wants to do good in the world. While volunteering at a shelter for disadvantaged girls, she finds that her privileged background is met with skepticism and hostility. When she does start to be effective, she realizes that she has been changed by the experience herself.
City Limits (1985) as Albert
Vegas Strip War, The (1984) as Jack Madrid
Rock Hudson (in his final television movie) is a charming Las Vegas hotel owner who tries to turn a decaying casino into The Strip's top attraction to avenge his outting by his former partners across the street. James Earl Jones, in a fright wig, does a devastating turn as a Don King type who may or
Star Wars: Return of the Jedi (1983) as Voice Of Lord Darth Vader
The third installation to the original trilogy.
Bushido Blade, The (1982) as Harpooner
A steel samurai blade that was to be given to the American ambassador by the Emperor of Japan is stolen. American sailors and Japanese samurai are sent to find it.
Conan The Barbarian (1982) as Thulsa Doom
Young Conan''s parents are murdered by a horde of vicious warriors who then enslave the young child for years. He is eventually released from slavery and taught the ancient arts of fighting. Transforming himself into a killing machine, Conan travels into the wilderness seeking vengeance on the man responsible for his family''s murder.
Blood Tide (1982) as Frye
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (1980) as Voice Of Lord Darth Vader
Luke Skywalker and his loyal band team up to do battle with Empire's forces who decide to enact revenge. Luke is taught by the Jedi master Yoda to master the "Force," something he will need when he meets Darth Vader in a startling confrontation.
Star Wars: A New Hope (1977) as Voice Of Lord Darth Vader
In a distant galaxy, a long time ago, young Luke Skywalker assembles his motley crew of allies including space rogue Han Solo and two "droids" -- C3PO and R2D2 -- to rescue Princess Leia, the rebel leader of her planet from the clutches of the evil Empire as embodied by its enforcer Darth Vader.
The Greatest (1977) as Malcolm X
Muhammad Ali risks his championship status by speaking out against the Vietnam War.
Last Remake of Beau Geste, The (1977) as Sheikh Abdul
The priceless Blue Water sapphire is coveted by the heirs of Sir Hector Geste - his new wife, Flavia; his daughter, Isabel; and his adopted twin sons, heroic Beau and pathetic Digby. When Sir Hector takes to his deathbed (where he remains for the duration of the film), Beau absconds with the stone, to keep it from his stepmother. Flavia pursues him to North Africa, dispensing sexual favors to promote her schemes.
Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977) as Older Kokumo
Regan MacNeil is now seventeen, and although she appears to be normal after her demonic possession as a child, she is monitored regularly at a psychiatric institution. A troubled priest, Father Lamont, visits her there to learn about the death of Father Merrin when he was performing the exorcism on her four years before. Regan has no conscious memories of that time, but as the priest's investigation continues, the demon is brought back.
Greatest Thing That Almost Happened, The (1977) as Morris Bird Jr
In the 1950s a teenage athlete learns that he has leukemia, and his winning spirit is threatened as he faces a major basketball tournament just before Christmas, while his dad's struggle to maintain his own self-respect often blinds him to his son's emotional needs.
Piece Of The Action, A (1977) as Detective Joshua Burke
Manny and Dave are Chicago con artists who specialize in cheating people who take advantage of the poor. When they are blackmailed by a retired policeman into giving something back to the community, they start volunteering as career counselors for a group of uncooperative teens at the community center. Manny is beginning to enjoy helping the students when his work there in interrupted by the arrival of his girlfriend''s overbearing parents and a mobster who has discovered that he cheated him.
Swashbuckler (1976) as Nick Debrett
A pirate comes to the aid of a noblewoman in distress.
Deadly Hero (1976) as Rabbit
Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars And Motor Kings, The (1976) as Leon
A group of black baseball players attempt to make the big time circa 1939.
Ufo Incident, The (1975) as Barney Hill
A talkative drama, reportedly fact-based, about the interracial New Hampshire couple who claim to have been taken aboard a UFO in September 1961 and examined medically by strange extraterrestrial creatures.
River Niger, The (1975) as Johnny Williams
An African-American poet who earns a living as a house painter struggles to support his seriously ill wife and survive the indignities of living in the ghetto.
Claudine (1974) as Roop
A single mother falls for a garbage collector who''s not sure he''s ready to raise six children.
Malcolm X (1972) as Biographical narration
A portrait of Malcolm X, one of the most prominent black leaders and human rights activist.
The Man (1972) as Douglass Dilman
The US Vice President has recently died, without yet being replaced, when the President is killed in a building collapse. The President pro tempore of the Senate declines to assume the Presidency because of his own age and ill health. Speaker of the House Douglas Dilman (James Earl Jones) suddenly becomes the first black man to occupy the Oval Office. The events from that day to the next election when he must decide if he will actually run challenge his skills as a politician and leader.
King: A Filmed Record ... Montgomery to Memphis (1970) as
Compilation documentary on Martin Luther King and his movement.
End of the Road (1970) as Doctor D
After a catatonic episode on a railway station platform, Jacob Horner is taken to "The Farm", a bizarre insane asylum run by Doctor D. After being cured, Jacob takes a job as an English lecturer and begins a disastrous affair with Rennie, the wife of a colleague.
The Great White Hope (1970) as Jack Jefferson
A black boxer and his white mistress face racial prejudice when he wins the championship.
The Comedians (1967) as Dr. Magiot
American and British tourists get caught up in political unrest in Haiti.
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) as Lieut. Lothar Zogg
A mad United States General orders an air strike against Russia.

Cast (special)

25th Anniversary Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts, The (2002) as Honoree
Coverage of the Kennedy Center Honors presentation, which pays tribute to outstanding Americans who have distinguished themselves in the performing arts. Honorees are: actor James Earl Jones, conductor James Levine, dancer/actress Chita Rivera, singer/songwriter Paul Simon and actress Elizabeth Tayl
Ennis' Gift: A Film About Learning Differences (2002) as Interviewee
Inspired by the life of Ennis Cosby, the program examines the frustration of living with learning differences and celebrates people who overcame them. Despite his own learning difference, dyslexia, Cosby earned a Masters Degree in Education, which he used to help others like himself.
Brilliant But Cancelled (2002) as Interviewee
Documentary which focuses on critically acclaimed and beloved television shows that were cancelled before they had a chance to blossom on the air.
Valiant Little Tailor: An Animated Special From the "Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales For Every Child" Series, The (2001) as Voice Of King Dakkar
A retelling of the classic fairy tale about the giant-vanquishing tailor in an African version of the story.
Washington Monument: It Stands For All, The (2000) as Narration
Documentary on the construction on the Washington Monument in the nation's capital as well as its $10,000,000, three-part restoration.
27th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, The (2000) as Presenter
Live coverage of the 27th annual Daytime Emmy Awards presentation from Radio City Music Hall in New York City.
Gloria: The Life of Christ (2000) as Host
A symphonic concert from the Citadel in Jerusalem, with the Tower of David as a backdrop. Host James Earl Jones sets the stage for Lex de Azevedo's original composition celebrating Jesus of Nazareth's birth through music and Biblical text.
In Search of Liberty Bell 7 (1999) as Narration
Documentary of an expedition from Port Canaveral, Florida, to locate and recover NASA's Liberty Bell 7 spacecraft. In 1961, the capsule, after successfully carrying the second Mercury Astronaut, Virgil "Gus" Grissom, into space, sank after the vehicle's explosive hatch jettisoned prematurely. While
Intimate Portrait: Jane Alexander (1999) as Interviewee
Profile of the life and career of Jane Alexander, Tony Award-winning actor and former Chair of the National Endowment For the Arts.
Grow Old Along With Me (1999)
The program weaves interviews and personal commentary to help people of every generation see old age as a time of increased wisdom and peace of mind.
Forces of the Wild (1998) as Narration
Documentary special looks at how the elemental forces of nature have shaped Earth and its inhabitants. Combines computer animation and motion control timelapses with dramatic natural history sequences and footage of spectacular natural events.
Border Patrol (1998) as Host
A look at INS border patrol officers and immigration issues.
Kennedys in Crisis, The (1998) as Host ("Cnn Perspectives")
Documentary produced in 1963 by Robert Drew about the showdown between Alabama Governor George Wallace and President John F. Kennedy over the integration of the University of Alabama. Wallace vows to stand in the schoolhouse door to block the registration of two black students, Vivian Malone and Jam
Somalia: Blackhawk Down (1998) as Host ("Cnn Perspectives")
Documentary on the humanitarian mission to Somalia that ended in bullets, missiles and death on October 3, 1993. Based on journalist Mark Bowden's reports for the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Hollywood & Vinyl: Disney's 101 Greatest Musical Moments (1998)
A look at musical moments in the history of Disney animated feature films over the last 75 years. Includes the songs "Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf," "Can You Feel the Love Tonight," "Heigh-Ho," "A Spoonful of Sugar," "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious," and "Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah." Features reflect
GQ Men of the Year Awards (1998) as Presenter
Coverage of the 1998 GQ Men of the Year Awards from Radio City Music Hall in New York City. Awards are presented to 16 outstanding men in the fields of entertainment, sports, music, business, fashion and the arts.
Dark Religions (1998) as Host
A look at teenagers in Mississippi searching for religious faith and finding it in witchcraft, Satanism and vampirism. Delves into the world of dark religions, revealing what begins in fantasy and rebellion can often lead to violence.
23rd Annual People's Choice Awards, The (1997) as Presenter
Live presentation of the 23rd annual People's Choice Awards, honoring entertainers in the fields of television, motion pictures and music, as determined by a special Gallup Poll.
Star Wars: The Magic and the Mystery (1997)
Special takes a look at the history and long-lasting appeal of the "Star Wars" trilogy as the films' 20th anniversary approaches. Creator George Lucas is profiled when the special goes behind-the-scenes as the films are remastered for their re-release in 1997.
Sports on the Silver Screen (1997) as Interviewee
Documentary exploring how sports have been portrayed in films over the last century. Features clips from sports-oriented films as well as interviews with sports and entertainment stars who contributed to these films.
Annual Memorial Day concert commemorating the American soldiers who have died in war. Broadcast live from the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol.
Nickelodeon's 10th Annual Kids' Choice Awards (1997)
Live telecast of the 10th Annual Kids' Choice Awards, honoring children's favorite celebrities in the fields of movies, music, television and sports.
Kennedy Center 25th Anniversary Celebration, The (1996) as Host/Presenter
Salute to the performing arts in honor of the 25th anniversary of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.
50th Annual Tony Awards, The (1996)
Live presentation of the 50th Annual Tony Awards, honoring excellence in the Broadway theater. The special includes a salute to Tony's Golden Anniversary spotlighting historic moments from previous Tony broadcasts.
Signs and Wonders (1996) as Diamond
The young daughter of a British vicar is lured from her family by a sinister religious cult in California. Her mother contacts an "exit counselor" in an attempt to deprogram the girl. Meanwhile, her father bemoans his loss of faith and lack of parishoners, and takes out his frustrations with whiskey
Second Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, The (1996) as Presenter
Live presentation of the second annual Screen Actors Guild Awards.
1996 Essence Awards, The (1996)
Presentation of the 1996 Essence Awards, honoring outstanding African-Americans for their achievements.
People (1995) as Voice Of Jakamarra
Animated special celebrating cultural diversity as told through the adventures of a young girl and her grandfather who take a magical journey exploring various people and cultures around the globe.
Water (1995) as Host
Documentary exploring how the distribution of water, the world's most precious natural resource, is affected by money and politics.
First 100 Years: A Celebration of American Movies, The (1995)
A retrospective of filmmaking over the past 100 years. Included are interviews with actors, directors and screenwriters, along with film clips and archival footage from current and past Hollywood productions.
Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts, The (1995)
Presentation of the 18th annual Kennedy Center Honors. The 1995 honorees are dancer Jacques D'Amboise, singer Marilyn Horne, guitarist B B King, actor Sidney Poitier, and playwright Neil Simon.
James Earl Jones (1995) as Interviewee
Biographical documentary of actor James Earl Jones.
Living Cathedral: Saint John the Divine, The (1994) as Narration
Portrait of New York's Cathedral of St. John the Divine, the largest Gothic cathedral in the world.
Making of the Lion King, The (1994)
A behind-the-scenes look at Walt Disney Pictures' 32nd full-length animated feature, including interviews with the voice artists, the producer, and the directors, as well as an explanation of the technological advances used in its production.
Great American Music: A Salute to Fast Cars (1994)
Special honoring the sport of car racing, through song and dance by The Calvin Gilmore Singers, appearances by professional car racers, and taped comments by entertainers.
Bah! Humbug! (1994)
Dramatic readings of Charles Dickens' classic tale "A Christmas Carol," punctuated by glimpses into Dickens' life and times.
George Lucas: Heroes, Myths and Magic (1993) as Narration
A special examining the life and career of film-maker George Lucas.
Race For Life: Africa's Great Migration (1993) as Narration
A documentary concerning the largest annual animal migration on earth -- involving more than 1.5 million animals and covering more than 500 miles in East Africa.
Parsley Garden, The (1993) as Narration
An adaptation of a story by William Soroyan. Set during the Depression about a ten-year-old Armenian boy struggling with his sense of self and the extreme prejudice against immigrants in his community.
American Reunion: The 52nd Presidential Inaugural Gala, An (1993)
A broadcast of the entertainment gala marking the presidential inauguration of Bill Clinton.
American Reunion: New Beginnings, Renewed Hope, An (1993)
A special featuring entertainment stars performing in the first and largest presidential inaugural event.
A special broadcast live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol commemorating the men and women of the Armed Forces through musical and spoken tributes.
47th Annual Tony Awards, The (1993)
A live presentation of the Tony Awards honoring excellence in the theater.
Baseball Relief: An All-Star Comedy Salute (1993)
A charity event featuring baseball greats and comedians in stand-up comedy, baseball-themed sketches and music. Proceeds benefit Comic Relief's National Pediatric Care Program for Homeless Children.
Outcry L.A.: Riots, Trials, Recovery (1993) as Host
A special about the April 1992 Los Angeles riots.
Michael Jackson... The Legend Continues (1992) as Narration
A special examining the life and career of Michael Jackson through private home movies, rare behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with celebrity friends.
Lincoln (1992) as Narration
A two-part, four-hour documentary special about Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War as told in the words of people who figured importantly in his life. Uses the voices of an all-star cast.
Magic of David Copperfield XIV: Flying... Live the Dream, The (1992)
A special in which illusionist David Copperfield attempts to fly independently through the air.
JFK Conspiracy (1992) as Host
Presents new evidence on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy which may uncover more of the truth concerning his death.
Diamonds on the Silver Screen (1992) as Host
A documentary tracing how the sport of baseball has been depicted in Hollywood films.
Muhammad Ali's 50th Birthday Celebration (1992)
A special commemorating former world heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali's 50th birthday.
19th Annual Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame (1992)
The 19th annual tribute honoring blacks in the entertainment industry.
Creative Spirit, The (1992)
A four-part series focusing on how people around the world use their creativity to make everyday life more productive and enjoyable.
24th Annual NAACP Image Awards, The (1992)
A presentation of "The 24th Annual NAACP Image Awards" honoring those who have made a positive contribution to the image of African-Americans in the motion picture, television, and recording industries.
Jim Thorpe Pro Sports Awards (1992) as Presenter
A live presentation of "The Jim Thorpe Awards," honoring individual achievements in 10 sports categories.
AFI Salute to Sidney Poitier (1992)
A broadcast in which the American Film Institute (AFI) presents its twentieth annual Life Achievement Award to Sidney Poitier.
44th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, The (1992) as Presenter
A live presentation of the 44th annual prime-time Emmy Awards honoring the best in television.
When It Was a Game (1991) as Voice
A sports documentary featuring rare footage from baseball's "Golden Age," the 1930s to 1950s.
Visitors From the Unknown (1991) as Narration
A special reenacting the experiences of people who have had documented encounters with extraterrestrial life forces. A British policeman has a close encounter with a UFO, a wood-cutter spots a spacecraft and is abducted, and a civil rights leader and his son come face-to-face with alien beings.
Great Lakes, Bitter Legacy (1991) as Narration
A documentary examining the effect of toxic chemicals buried beneath the mud of the Great Lakes.
17th Annual People's Choice Awards, The (1991)
A live presentation of the seventeenth annual "People's Choice Awards" honoring America's favorite entertainers. The Gallup organization determines the winners by way of a special poll.
Great Lakes, Bitter Legacy (1991) as Host
A documentary examining the effect of toxic chemicals buried beneath the mud of the Great Lakes.
Party for Richard Pryor, A (1991)
A special honoring comedian Richard Pryor. Includes scenes from Pryor's motion picture, television and stage performances and tributes from dozens of entertainers.
12th Annual ACE Awards, The (1991)
Live broadcast of the twelfth annual Ace Awards ceremony honoring excellence in cable television.
1991 Emmy Awards (1991)
A presentation of the forty-third annual prime-time Emmy Awards honoring the best in television.
Muhammad Ali (1991)
A special chronicling the life and career of former heavyweight fighter Muhammad Ali. Telecast as a segment of "Biography."
23rd Annual NAACP Image Awards, The (1991)
A presentation of the twenty-third annual NAACP "Image Awards" honoring those who have made a positive contribution to the image of African-Americans in the motion picture, television and recording industries.
2 Years... Later (1990)
A special marking the second anniversary of the late-night series "Later with Bob Costas," which features clips of some of Costas's most memorable in-depth interviews of the past season.
America's All-Star Tribute to Oprah Winfrey (1990)
A telecast of the third annual "America's Hope Award" presented to Oprah Winfrey.
Teach 109 (1990) as Dr Winston
Futuristic drama involving the use of androids for surgical purposes.
42nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards Presentation (1990) as Presenter
Live telecast of the forty-second annual prime time Emmy Awards honoring the best in television.
44th Annual Tony Awards, The (1990)
A live presentation of the 1990 Antoinette Perry (or "Tony") Awards honoring outstanding achievement in the Broadway theater.
National Memorial Day Concert (1990)
A musical program of popular works broadcast live from the Capitol's West Lawn in Washington, D.C. Commemorates Memorial Day and those who died in defense of the United States.
World Series (1989) as Narrator
ABC's coverage of the 1989 World Series features the Oakland Athletics, champions of the American League, and the San Francisco Giants, champions of the National League. The winner must win four of seven games. James Earl Jones narrates excerpts of the late Baseball Commissioner A. Bartlett Giametti
43rd Annual Tony Awards, The (1989)
Live broadcast of the 43rd Annual Tony Awards, presented by the American Theatre Wing and the League of American Theatres and Producers, honoring excellence in theater.
Third and Oak: The Pool Hall (1989) as Willie
A one-act play by Marsha Norman about the relationship between a young disc jockey as his father's best friend. The action takes place in a run-down pool hall which Willie is preparing to sell. His best friend's son, Shooter, stops by for what he thinks will be a friendly chat. In the next hour, sec
47th Annual Golden Globes (1989)
A live telecast of the 47th annual Golden Globe Awards presented by the the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for achievement in film and television.
Who Lives, Who Dies (1988) as Narration
A documentary examining the current state of health care in America. The program examines how the high cost of medical technology is preventing many Americans from receiving necessary -- even lifesaving -- medical attention. Included are interviews with doctors and health care workers.
Hard Road to Glory: The Black Athlete 1988, A (1988) as Narration
A special, airing during Black History Month, which focuses on the Black athlete in America.
Way We Wear, The (1988) as Narration
A "Smithsonian World" special exploring fashion's powerful meanings, from medieval times to the present. The program examines the unstated rules that govern our clothing choices and looks at how dress embodies cultural values. Included are interviews with fashion professionals and a look into the wo
Michael Jackson (1988) as Narration
A segment of the series "Motown on Showtime" which focuses on pop star Michael Jackson. The program features clips from his days in the "Jackson 5," from the group's first appearance on the "Ed Sullivan Show," to their 1984 "Victory Tour." Also included are home movies and interviews with some of
Way We Wear, The (1988) as Host
A "Smithsonian World" special exploring fashion's powerful meanings, from medieval times to the present. The program examines the unstated rules that govern our clothing choices and looks at how dress embodies cultural values. Included are interviews with fashion professionals and a look into the wo
Who Lives, Who Dies (1988) as Host
A documentary examining the current state of health care in America. The program examines how the high cost of medical technology is preventing many Americans from receiving necessary -- even lifesaving -- medical attention. Included are interviews with doctors and health care workers.
America Picks the All-Time Favorite Movies (1988)
A special in which the home audience can phone in and vote for their favorite films from nominees in four different genres: drama, comedy, action/adventure and science fiction/horror. Clips from the three films nominated in each category are included. The films were selected in a poll taken in vid
Soldier Boys (1987) as Detective Robb
A "CBS Schoolbreak Special" about a detective who investigates a group of young men who are involved in playing dangerous war games and whose fantasies of combat become violently real.
41st Annual Tony Awards, The (1987)
The forty-first annual presentation of the American Theatre Wing's Antoinette Perry (or "Tony") Awards honoring excellence in the Broadway theater. Broadcast live from the Mark Hellinger Theatre In New York City, the program is the first presentation of the Tonys under the aegis of the Tony Awards P
Lions of Etosha -- King of the Beasts (1986) as Narration
A "Survival Specials" presentation about the family life and adventures of a single pride of lions in Etosha National Park, Namibia. Filming of this hour-long documentary was done over a three-year period.
Lone Star Kid, The (1986) as Holmes
A young boy decides to run for mayor of his home town. Based on the real experiences of Brian Zimmerman.
Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp (1986) as Genie
An evil genie tricks Aladdin into giving him a magic lamp, but the young man is rescued by the good genie who has been the lamp's long-time resident.
Amy and the Angel (1982) as Gabriel
An "ABC Afterschool Specials" presentation about an angel's efforts to save a pretty but lonely 17-year-old from committing suicide.
Sojourner (1975) as Narration
A historical drama based on the life of freed slave and active abolitionist Sojourner Truth.
Happy Endings (1975) as Big Joe (Segment 2)
Four comical views of contemporary American life.
King Lear (1974) as King Lear
A television adaptation of a New York Shakespeare Festival production of Shakespeare's tragedy.

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

Magic 7, The (2004) as Voice
Feast of All Saints, The (2001) as Older Marcel
Chronicles the lives of four "free people of color," descendants of African slaves and their French and Spanish owners who lived in Louisiana before the Civil War. The story focuses on Marcel Ste, Marie, his sister Marie Ste. Marie, and their close friends Anna Bella Monroe and Richard Lermontant as
Vernon Johns Story, The (1994) as Reverend Vernon Johns
Hallelujah (1993) as Old Man Taylor
Atlanta Child Murders, The (1985) as Major Walker
A network cause-celebre on its initial showing because of presumed "liberties" taken with the facts, this five-hour, two-part docudrama was based on the highly charged Wayne Williams case in Atlanta, Georgia -- he was a self-styled black music promoter who was convicted in 1982 of the murder of two
Guyana Tragedy: Story of Jim Jones (1980) as Father Divine
Then-relatively unknown Powers Boothe's dynamic performance as the charismatic self-styled preacher who led the settlers of Jonestown, Guyana, to mass suicide in 1978, won him the Emmy Award as Outstanding Actor. His appearance at the presentation ceremony as the only performer to show up (an actors
Roots: The Next Generations (1979) as Alex Haley
The unparalleled success of "Roots" in 1977 prompted this continuation of Alex Haley's saga, beginning with the events where its predecessor ended in 1882 and bringing the story to the present with James Earl Jones playing Haley and Marlon Brando as American Nazi leader George Lincoln Rockwell, who
Jesus of Nazareth (Do Not Use) (1977) as Balthazar
A reverent and beautiful retelling of the biblical tale with an all-star cast, winning Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Drama (1977-78) and for James Farentino as Best Supporting Actor in a Drama. Subsequently expanded to eight hours over four nights.

Cast (short)

The Comedians in Africa (1967)
A behind the scenes short film detailing the making of "The Comedians" (1967).

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