Howard E Rollins Jr.

Actor, Bus driver, Substitute teacher
This commanding black actor came to prominence as Coalhouse Walker Jr. in Milos Forman's adaptation of the E.L. Doctorow novel "Ragtime" (1981), for which he earned an Oscar nomination as Best Supporting Actor. Rollins ... Read more »
Born: 10/17/1950 in Baltimore, Maryland, USA

Filmography

Actor (27)

Remember WENN 1995 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Drunks 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Harambee! 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

In the Heat of the Night 1987 - 1993 (Tv Show)

Actor

On the Block 1990 (Movie)

Clay Beasley (Actor)

Dear America: Letters Homes From Vietnam 1988 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

The Boy King 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Johnnie Mae Gibson 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Wildside 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

A Soldier's Story 1984 (Movie)

Captain Richard Davenport (Actor)

The Member of the Wedding 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Chytilova vs. Forman 1982 (Movie)

himself (Actor)

The Neighborhood 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

Ragtime 1981 (Movie)

Coalhouse Walker Jr (Actor)

The House of God 1978 (Movie)

Chuck (Actor)

The Trial of the Moke 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Our Street 1971 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

A Doctor's Story (TV Show)

Actor

He's Fired, She's Hired (TV Show)

Actor

King (TV Show)

Actor

My Old Man (TV Show)

Actor

Roots: The Next Generations (TV Show)

Actor

The House of Dies Drear (TV Show)

Actor

Thornwell (TV Show)

Actor

With Murder in Mind (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

This commanding black actor came to prominence as Coalhouse Walker Jr. in Milos Forman's adaptation of the E.L. Doctorow novel "Ragtime" (1981), for which he earned an Oscar nomination as Best Supporting Actor. Rollins was also memorable in Norman Jewison's tightly-wound drama, "A Soldier's Story" (1984). But Rollins is perhaps best remembered for his television appearances.

Relationships

Hattie Fields

Sister
survived him

Howard Rollins

Father
deceased

Ruth Rollins

Mother
survived him

EDUCATION

Towson State University

Towson , Maryland

Milestones

1996

Final TV appearances, guest performance on "Remember WENN" (AMC) and on PBS Kwanzaa special "Harambee!"

1996

Final feature role, "Drunks" (film had festival screens and was aired on Showtime before its theatrical release)

1985

Primetime series debut as regular, "Wildside" (ABC)

1984

Starred in feature film "A Soldier's Story"

1981

Breakthrough film role, Coalhouse Walker, Jr in Milos Foreman's "Ragtime"

1978

Feature film debut, "The House of God"

1974

Broadway debut, "We Interrupt This Program"

1968

Appeared as regular on PBS series "Our Street"

1967

Stage debut, "Of Mice and Men" in Baltimore, MD

Appeared as regular in TV series "In the Heat of the Night"

Was a regular on the NBC daytime drama "Another World"

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