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Al Freeman Jr., son of actor Al Freeman, began his own acting career in 1958. He worked on several television shows before appearing in the 1964 film "Black Like Me," an adaptation of John Howard Griffin's classic nonfiction account of racial attitudes in the late '50s. Several years later, Freeman played the role of Howard in Francis Ford Coppola's Oscar-nominated film "Finian's Rainbow" starring Fred Astaire. Freeman landed his first major part in 1970, with the title role in "My Sweet Charlie" costarring Patty Duke; he earned his first Emmy nomination for his performance. He received his second Emmy nom in 1979, playing Malcolm X on the acclaimed miniseries "Roots: The Next Generations." Freeman played other important characters in the Civil Rights struggle as well, in the miniseries "King" and in Spike Lee's film "Malcolm X," where he portrayed Malcolm X's spiritual teacher, Elijah Muhammad. In addition to his acting work, Freeman has directed episodes of the long-running soap opera "One Life to Live," and teaches acting at Howard University.
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Made film acting debut in "The Clown"
Stage acting debut, L.A. showcase production of "Detective Story"
Made Broadway debut in "The Long Dream"
Co-starred in the musical version of "Golden Boy"
Appeared in "Blues for Mr. Charlie"
Made London stage debut reprising role in "Blues for Mr. Charlie"
Reprised stage role of Clay in the film version of "Dutchman"
Appeared in "Finian's Rainbow"
Recieved Emmy nomination for starring role opposite Patty Duke in the NBC TV-movie "My Sweet Charlie"; released theatrically
Starred in the short-lived musical "Look to the Lillies," based on the film "Lillies of the Field" (1963)
Last film for over 15 years, "A Fable"; also produced and directed
Starred as policeman Ed Hall on the popular ABC daytime drama "One Life to Live"; won Daytime Emmy in 1979 for the role
Cast as Malcolm X in the ABC miniseries "Roots: The Next Generations"
Returned to features in "Seven Hours to Judgment"
Served as chair of the theater department at Howard University
Received sterling reviews for his portrayal of Elijah Muhammed in Spike Lee's biopic "Malcolm X"
Co-starred in the Showtime movie " Assault at West Point: The Court-Martial of Johnson Whittaker"
Landed recurring role as police commissioner James Harris on "Homicide: Life on the Street" (NBC)
Played the patriarch in "Down in the Delta," directed by Maya Angelou