Born October 17, 1950, in Baltimore, MD; died of complications resulting fromlymphoma, December 8, 1996, in New York City. Actor. Rollins' prolific career brought him critical success in both television and films. He was nominatedfor an Academy Award in 1981 for his role in the film Ragtime, in which he appeared opposite James Cagney. The following year he was nominated for an Emmy Award for his work in the daytime drama Another World. Rollins attended Towson State College and became interested in acting. His early work was in thestage productions Of Mice and Men (1967) and in his Broadway debut in We Interrupt this Program (1975). He moved to New York City in 1974 and appeared inseveral television specials. He worked on the daytime dramas All My Children(1981) and Another World (1982), but his best-known television role was as Detective Virgil Tibbs in In the Heat of the Night (1987-92). His other film credits include A Soldier's Story (1984) and The House of God (1978). He also appeared in the London production of I'm Not Rappaport and a Canadian production of Othello.