Madge Sinclair

Actor, Clothing manufacturer, Art dealer
A prolific black character actress of stage, screen, and especially television, Sinclair was long a fixture in drama series ("Trapper John, M. D." CBS, 1979-86, "Gabriel's Fire" ABC, 1990-91), miniseries ("Roots" ABC ... Read more »
Born: 04/27/1938 in Kingston, JM

Filmography

Actor (44)

Storytime 1993 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Me and the Boys 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

A Century of Women 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The Lion King 1994 (Movie)

of Sarabi (Voice)

Curiosity Killed 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Pros & Cons 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Gabriel's Fire 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The End of Innocence 1990 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Orchid House 1990 (Movie)

Lally (Actor)

Roseanne 1989 (Tv Show)

Actor

Coming to America 1988 (Movie)

Queen Aoleon (Actor)

Ohara 1986 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

The 19th Annual NAACP Image Awards 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

CBS All-American Thanksgiving Day Parade 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Star Trek IV 1986 (Movie)

Captain of the USS Saratoga (Actor)

Trapper John, M.D. 1979 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

I Love Liberty 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

Three Eyes 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

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Grandpa Goes to Washington 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

Convoy 1978 (Movie)

Widow Woman (Actor)

Down Home 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Uncle Joe Shannon 1977 (Movie)

Margaret (Actor)

Walkin' Walter 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

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Guess Who's Coming to Dinner 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

Leadbelly 1975 (Movie)

Miss Eula (Actor)

Conrack 1974 (Movie)

Mrs Scott (Actor)

Cornbread, Earl & Me 1974 (Movie)

Leona (Actor)

I Will... I Will... For Now 1974 (Movie)

2nd Sex Clinic Doctor (Actor)

Divided We Stand (TV Show)

Actor

Dream On (TV Show)

Actor

High Ice (TV Show)

Actor

I Love You... Goodbye (TV Show)

Actor

Jimmy B. & Andre (TV Show)

Actor

Queen (TV Show)

Actor

Roots (TV Show)

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The Man With Three Wives (TV Show)

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The Rag Tag Champs (TV Show)

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Victims (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

A prolific black character actress of stage, screen, and especially television, Sinclair was long a fixture in drama series ("Trapper John, M. D." CBS, 1979-86, "Gabriel's Fire" ABC, 1990-91), miniseries ("Roots" ABC, 1977) and TV-movies ("I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" CBS, 1979, "Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones" CBS, 1980, "Divided We Stand" ABC, 1988). Sinclair's forthright manner has enhanced many tough but essentially warm-hearted character roles, some, like herself, of West Indies descent.

Among Sinclair's feature film credits are "I Will...I Will...for Now", "Cornbread, Earl and Me" (both 1975), "Leadbelly" (1976), "Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home" (1986) and "Coming to America" (1988). Her final film role was the voice of the Lion Queen in Disney's "The Lion King" (1994).

A capable and versatile businesswoman as well, Sinclair was an art dealer, chairwoman of the women's clothing manufacturer, Madge Walters Sinclair Inc., and owner of the Action Income Tax Service.

Relationships

Dean Compton

Husband
married 1971 survived her

Royston Sinclair

Husband
Jamaican divorced 1969

Garry Sinclair

Son
by first husband survived her

Wayne Sinclair

Son
by first husband survived her

Herbert Walters

Father

Jemima Walters

Mother
survived her

EDUCATION

Shortwood Women's College

completed a degree there

Milestones

1994

Final screen credit, as voice of the Lion Queen in Disney's "The Lion King"

1978

Played Madge, Senator Kelley's secretary, in short-lived NBC comedy-drama, "Grandpa Goes to Washington"

1977

Portrayed Bell, Kunta Kinte's wife, in ABC miniseries, "Roots"; received first Emmy nomination

1974

Made feature film debut in "Conrack"

1968

Made stage debut in New York Shakespeare Festival production of "Kumaliza"; played an African princess

Co-starred in ABC sitcom "Me and the Boys"

Worked as a schoolteacher for six years

Played role of Nurse Ernestine Shoop in CBS medical drama, "Trapper John, M.D."

Portrayed Gussie Lemone in ABC detective series, "O'Hara"

Appeared in role of "Empress" Josephine Austin in ABC drama series, "Gabriel's Fire"

Bonus Trivia

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Received three Emmy nominations as Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her work on "Trapper John, M.D."

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Sinclair has guest-starred on such television series as "All in the Family", "Medical Center", "The Waltons", "The White Shadow", "Serpico", and "Doctor's Hospital"

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Sinclair was inducted into the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame (1992).

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She received a honorary doctorate from Sierra University.

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She also was a recipient of Mother of the Year Award from the National Mother's Day Committee (1984).

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