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Freeman, Al, Jr. (1934–)

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FREEMAN, AL, JR. (1934–). Actor, professor. A consummate actor in both stage and film, Freeman was born in San Antonio, Texas. He attended school in Ohio and later studied law at Los Angeles City College. After a tour of duty in the Army, Freeman returned to college to pursue a degree in theater arts. While in Los Angeles, he acted in local plays and also did radio shows before landing his first Broadway play, The Long Dream . Other Broadway performances include Golden Boy, Blues for Mr. Charley, The Dozens , and Conversation at Midnight . His off-Broadway credits include The Premise, Trumpets of the Lord , and The Slave . He was also active in the New York Shakespeare Festival. He was prominent on the big screen in such feature films as Black Like Me , 1964; The Dutchman , 1967; Finian’s Rainbow , 1968; The Detective , 1968; and The Lost Man , 1969. Freeman has been in many television series, including The Defenders, The FBI , and Naked City . He portrayed Lt. Ed Hall in the daytime drama One Life to Live on ABC. He was nominated for an Emmy Award for his role in the television film My Sweet Charlie , 1970. He also co-wrote the screenplay and was the original lead actor for Countdown at Kusini , 1976, but had to drop out of the project due to production setbacks. He is perhaps best remembered for his portrayal of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad in Malcolm X , 1992. Freeman teaches acting at Howard University’s School of Fine Arts and had a long stint as chair of the Theater Arts Department.

Filmography: Ensign Pulver , 1964; Black Like Me , 1964; The Dutchman , 1967; Finian’s Rainbow , 1968; The Detective , 1968; The Lost Man , 1969; My Sweet Charlie , 1970; Roots: The Next Generation , 1979; Seven Hours to Judgment , 1988; Malcolm X , 1992; Once Upon a Time When We Were Colored , 1995; Down in the Delta , 1998.

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