Al Freeman Jr.

Actor, Director, Producer
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 ... Read more »
Born: 03/21/1934 in San Antonio, Texas, USA

Filmography

Actor (26)

One Life to Live 1967 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Law & Order 1990, 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Down in the Delta 1998 (Movie)

Earl (Actor)

Homicide: Life on the Street 1994 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

Once Upon a Time... When We Were Colored 1996 (Movie)

Poppa (Actor)

Assault at West Point 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Malcolm X 1992 (Movie)

Elijah Muhammad (Actor)

James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Seven Hours to Judgment 1988 (Movie)

Danny Larwin (Actor)

The Cosby Show 1985 (Tv Show)

Actor

Hot l Baltimore 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

A Fable 1970 (Movie)

Leader (Actor)

Castle Keep 1969 (Movie)

Private Benjamin (Actor)

The Lost Man 1969 (Movie)

Dennis Laurence (Actor)

Finian's Rainbow 1968 (Movie)

Howard (Actor)

The Detective 1968 (Movie)

Robbie (Actor)

The Dutchman 1967 (Movie)

Clay (Actor)

Black Like Me 1964 (Movie)

Tom Newcomb (Actor)

Ensign Pulver 1964 (Movie)

Taru (Actor)

The Troublemaker 1963 (Movie)

Intern (Actor)

This Rebel Breed 1959 (Movie)

Satchel (Actor)

King (TV Show)

Actor

My Sweet Charlie (TV Show)

Actor

Perry Mason Returns (TV Show)

Actor

Roots: The Next Generations (TV Show)

Actor
Director (1)

A Fable 1970 (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (1)

Countdown at Kusini 1976 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Biography

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.

Relationships

Severa Clemon

Wife
Married January 1960 Separated c. 1986

Al Freeman Actor

Father

Lottie Freeman

Mother

EDUCATION

University of Massachusetts at Amherst

Amherst, Massachusetts

Los Angeles City College

Los Angeles, California 1954 - 1957

Milestones

1998

Played the patriarch in "Down in the Delta," directed by Maya Angelou

1995

Landed recurring role as police commissioner James Harris on "Homicide: Life on the Street" (NBC)

1994

Co-starred in the Showtime movie " Assault at West Point: The Court-Martial of Johnson Whittaker"

1992

Served as chair of the theater department at Howard University

1992

Received sterling reviews for his portrayal of Elijah Muhammed in Spike Lee's biopic "Malcolm X"

1988

Returned to features in "Seven Hours to Judgment"

1979

Cast as Malcolm X in the ABC miniseries "Roots: The Next Generations"

1978

Starred as policeman Ed Hall on the popular ABC daytime drama "One Life to Live"; won Daytime Emmy in 1979 for the role

1970

Last film for over 15 years, "A Fable"; also produced and directed

1969

Recieved Emmy nomination for starring role opposite Patty Duke in the NBC TV-movie "My Sweet Charlie"; released theatrically

1969

Starred in the short-lived musical "Look to the Lillies," based on the film "Lillies of the Field" (1963)

1968

Appeared in "Finian's Rainbow"

1966

Reprised stage role of Clay in the film version of "Dutchman"

1965

Made London stage debut reprising role in "Blues for Mr. Charlie"

1964

Appeared in "Blues for Mr. Charlie"

1964

Co-starred in the musical version of "Golden Boy"

1960

Made Broadway debut in "The Long Dream"

1954

Stage acting debut, L.A. showcase production of "Detective Story"

1953

Made film acting debut in "The Clown"

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