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Al Freeman, Jr.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Al Freeman, Jr., M.Ed. (born Albert Cornelius Freeman, Jr. on March 21, 1934, in San Antonio, Texas) is an African-American actor and director. Freeman has made appearances in many films, such as My Sweet Charlie, Finian's Rainbow, and Malcolm X, and television series such as The Cosby Show, Law & Order, Homicide: Life on the Street and The Edge of Night. He is mostly recognized for his portrayal of Police Captain Ed Hall on the ABC soap opera, One Life to Live, a role he played from 1972 through 1985, with recurring roles in 1988 and 2000. He won a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for that role, the first African-American actor to be so honored. He left the show briefly to appear in the network's controversial sitcom Hot L Baltimore. During that period, "Ed" was played by another actor, Arthur Pendleton. He was also a director of One Life to Live, and was one of the first, if not the first, African-Americans to direct a soap opera. After leaving One Life to Live, Freeman appeared in the motion picture Down in the Delta. His Broadway theatre credits include Look to the Lilies, Blues for Mister Charlie, and Medea. His portrayal of Nation of Islam leader Elijah Muhammad in the motion picture Malcolm X earned him the 1995 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture. Coincidently, he had previously played Malcolm X in the 1979 miniseries, Roots: The Next Generations. Freeman currently teaches acting as a professor at Howard University in Washington, D.C.. Description above from the Wikipedia article Al Freeman, Jr., licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

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Mar 21, 1934 In San Antonio, Texas, United States
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series The Millionaire 1955-01-19
Latest Project:
Movie Down in the Delta 1998-12-25
Known For
Poster of Homicide: Life on the Street
Poster of Law & Order
Poster of The Cosby Show
Poster of Sniper's Ridge
Movie Down in the Delta Earl Sinclair 1998-12-25
Movie Once Upon a Time... When We Were Colored Poppa 1996-01-26
Movie Assault at West Point: The Court-Martial of Johnson Whittaker Old Johnson Whittaker 1994-02-26
Series Homicide: Life on the Street Unknown 1993-01-31
Movie Malcolm X Elijah Muhammad 1992-11-18
Series Law & Order Reverend Thayer 1990-09-13
Movie Ida B. Wells: A Passion for Justice Narrator (voice) 1989-10-24
Movie Seven Hours to Judgment Danny Larwin 1988-09-16
Series Perry Mason returns Lt. Cooper 1985-12-01
Movie Perry Mason Returns Lt. Cooper 1985-12-01
Series The Cosby Show Unknown 1984-09-20
Series Roots: The Next Generations Malcom X 1979-02-18
Series King Damon Lockwood 1978-02-12
Series Hot l Baltimore Unknown 1975-01-24
Series Kojak Unknown 1973-10-24
Movie To Be Young, Gifted and Black Unknown 1972-01-20
Movie My Sweet Charlie Charles Roberts 1970-01-20
Movie The Lost Man Dennis Lawrence 1969-07-11
Movie Castle Keep Pvt. Allistair Piersall Benjamin 1969-07-23
Movie Finian's Rainbow Howard 1968-10-09
Series One Life to Live Capt. Ed Hall 1968-07-15
Movie The Detective Robbie Loughlin 1968-05-28
Series The Mod Squad Unknown 1968-09-24
Movie Dutchman Clay 1967-02-27
Series Judd for the Defense Unknown 1967-09-08
Series The F.B.I. Unknown 1965-09-19
Movie Black Like Me Thomas Newcomb 1964-01-01
Movie Ensign Pulver Taru 1964-07-31
Movie The Troublemaker Intern 1964-06-22
Movie Sniper's Ridge Medic Gwathney 1961-02-01
Movie This Rebel Breed Satchel 1960-03-19
Series The DuPont Show with June Allyson Unknown 1959-09-21
Series Adventures in Paradise Unknown 1959-10-05
Movie Torpedo Run Unknown 1958-10-24
Series The Millionaire Unknown 1955-01-19