Theatre, Film, and Television Biographies
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Al Freeman, Jr. Biography (1934-)
Full name, Albert Cornelius Freeman Jr.; born March 21, 1934, in San Antonio,TX; son of Albert Cornelius (a jazz pianist) and Lottie Brisette (Coleman) Freeman; married Sevara E. Clemon, January 8, 1960 (separated, c. 1986). Addresses: Home--Lottie B., a sailboat. Office--College of Fine Arts, Howard University, Washington, DC 20059.
His favorite roles include Richard Henry in Blues for Mister Charlie.
- Birth Details
- March 21, 1934
- San Antonio, Texas, United States
Credits; Stage Appearances
- (Stage debut) Detective Story, Ebony Showcase, Los Angeles, 1954.
- (Broadway debut) Rex "Fishbelly" Tucker, The Long Dream, Ambassador Theatre, 1960.
- Silky Satin, Kicks and Co., Arie Crown Theatre, Chicago, IL, 1961.
- Dan Morris, Tiger, Tiger, Burning Bright, Booth Theatre, New York City, 1962.
- Reverend Ridgley Washington, Trumpets of the Lord, Astor Place Theatre, New York City, 1963.
- Member of ensemble, The Living Premise (revue), Premise Theatre, New YorkCity, 1963.
- Richard Henry, Blues for Mister Charlie, American National Theatre and Academy Theatre, New York City, 1964.
- John, Conversation at Midnight, Billy Rose Theatre, New York City, 1964.
- Walker Vessels, The Slave, St. Mark's Playhouse, New York City, 1964.
- Eddie Satin, Golden Boy, Majestic Theatre, New York City, 1964.
- The Toilet, St. Mark's Playhouse, 1964.
- Clay, Dutchman, Cherry Lane Theatre, New York City, 1964, then Warner Playhouse, Los Angeles, 1965.
- Diomedes, Troilus and Cressida, New York Shakespeare Festival, DelacorteTheatre, New York City, 1965.
- (London debut) Richard Henry, Blues for Mister Charlie, Actors Studio Theatre Company, Aldwych Theatre, 1965.
- Charles Dumaine, All's Well That Ends Well, New York Shakespeare Festival, Delacorte Theatre, 1966.
- Lucio, Measure for Measure, New York Shakespeare Festival, Delacorte Theatre, 1966.
- Kilroy, Camino Real, Playhouse in the Park, Cincinnati, OH, 1968.
- Stanley Pollack, The Dozens, Booth Theatre, 1969.
- Homer Smith, Look to the Lilies, Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, New York City, 1970.
- Paul Robeson, Are You Now or Have You Ever Been...?, Yale Repertory Theatre, New Haven, CT, 1972.
- Messenger, Medea, Circle in the Square, New York City, 1973.
- Willy Stepp, The Poison Tree, Westport Country Playhouse, Westport, CT, 1973.
- Scag, Photographer, Skull, Sheriff, Scarecrow, and Humdrum, The Great Macdaddy, Negro Ensemble Company, St. Mark's Playhouse, 1974.
- Sweet Talk, New York Shakespeare Festival, Other Stage Theatre, New YorkCity, 1974.
- 'Tis Pity She's a Whore, McCarter Theatre, Princeton, NJ, 1974.
- Dream on Monkey Mountain, Hartford, CT, 1976.
- Kennedy's Children, Marines Memorial Theatre, San Francisco, CA, 1976.
- Bulldog, One Crack Out, Phoenix Theatre, Marymount Manhattan Theatre, NewYork City, 1978.
- Jamie Tyrone, Long Day's Journey into Night, Theatre at St. Peter's Church, New York City, 1981.
- Also appeared in A Soldier's Play. Appeared with Ebony Showcase, Los Angeles, 1954-59.
Credits; Major Tours
- A Raisin in the Sun, U.S. cities, 1962.
Credits; Stage Work
- Director, Time Out of Time, New Federal Theatre, Louis Abrons Arts for Living Center, New York City, 1986.
Credits; Film Appearances
- The Clown, 1953.
- Torpedo Run, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1958.
- This Rebel Breed, Warner Bros., 1960.
- Sniper Ridge, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1961.
- Taru, Ensign Pulver, Warner Bros., 1964.
- Intern, The Troublemaker, Janus, 1964.
- Tom Newcomb, Black like Me (also known as No Man Walks Alone), Continental, 1964.
- Clay, Dutchman, Continental, 1966.
- For Pete's Sake!, World Wide, 1966.
- Robbie, The Detective, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1968.
- Howard, Finian's Rainbow, Seven Arts, 1968.
- Private First Class Alistair Benjamin, Castle Keep, Columbia, 1969.
- Dennis Laurence, The Lost Man, Universal, 1969.
- Charles Roberts, My Sweet Charlie, Universal, 1970.
- Leader, A Fable (also known as The Slave), MFR, 1971.
- Co-narrator, Thermidor, Altura, 1971.
- Danny Larwin, Seven Hours to Judgment, Trans World Entertainment, 1988.
- Elijah Muhammad, Malcolm X, Warner Bros., 1992.
- Poppa, Once upon a Time ... When We Were Colored, IRS Releasing, 1996.
Credits; Film Work
- Producer and director, A Fable (also known as The Slave), MFR, 1971.
- Director, The Lost Man, Universal, 1969.
Credits; Television Appearances; Series
- Captain Ed Hall, One Life to Live, ABC, 1972-85.
- Charles Bingham, Hot l Baltimore, ABC, 1975.
- Narrator, The American Experience, PBS, 1989.
Credits; Television Appearances; Miniseries
- Damon Lockwood, King, NBC, 1978.
- Malcolm X, Roots: The Next Generations (also known as Roots II), ABC, 1979.
Credits; Television Appearances; Movies
- Charles Roberts, My Sweet Charlie, NBC, 1970.
- Lieutenant Cooper, Perry Mason Returns, NBC, 1985.
- Old Johnson Whittaker, Assault at West Point (also known as Conduct Unbecoming: The Court-Martial of Johnson Whittaker), Showtime, 1994.
Credits; Television Appearances; Specials
- "To Be Young, Gifted and Black," NET Playhouse, National Educational Television (now PBS), 1972.
- Jerry Hudson, "A Piece of Cake," A Special Treat, NBC, 1977.
- Richard Henry, "Blues for Mister Charlie" in "James Baldwin: The Price ofthe Ticket," American Masters, PBS, 1989.
Credits; Television Appearances; Episodic
- General Electric Theatre, CBS, 1955.
- "The Good Killing," Adventures in Paradise, ABC, 1961.
- "A Couple of Dozen Tiny Pills," The Doctors and the Nurses, CBS, 1965.
- "Nobody Asks What Side You're On," The Defenders, CBS, 1965.
- "The Right to Kill," For the People, CBS, 1965.
- "There's a Penguin in My Garden," Mr. Novak, NBC, 1965.
- "Question: What's a Swan Song for a Sparrow?" Slattery's People, CBS, 1965.
- "The Blue Steel Suite," Trials of O'Brien, CBS, 1966.
- "The Enemies," The FBI, ABC, 1968.
- "View from the Ivory Tower," Judd, for the Defense, ABC, 1969.
- "Basis of Need," On Being Black, syndicated, 1969.
- "Kill Gently, Sweet Jessie," Mod Squad, ABC, 1972.
- Maude, CBS, 1974.
- "The Chicago Conspiracy Trial," Hollywood Television Theatre, PBS, 1975.
- "A Need to Know," Kojak, CBS, 1976.
- "Back to the Track, Jack," The Cosby Show, NBC, 1985.
- Reverend Thayer, "Poison Ivy," Law and Order, NBC, 1990.
- Police Commissioner Harris, "Partners," Homicide: Life on the Street, NBC, 1994.
- Police Commissioner Harris, "Cradle to Grave," Homicide: Life on the Street, NBC, 1995.
- Appeared in episodes of Suspicion, NBC; The Millionaire,CBS; Bourbon Street Beat, ABC; and Day in Court (also known as Accused), ABC.
- A Fable (also known as The Slave), MFR, 1971.
- (With Ossie Davis and Ladi Ladebo) Countdown at Kusini, Columbia, 1976.
- Ebony, March, 1993, p. 84.