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RIP Paul Winfield

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by Woodchuck, Mar 9, 2004.


  1. Woodchuck

    Woodchuck

    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta / Macon (sigh)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
    Oscar-Nominated Actor Paul Winfield Dies
    Tue Mar 9, 3:08 AM ET


    LOS ANGELES - Paul Winfield, an Academy Award-nominated actor who was known for his versatility in stage, film and television roles, including a highly praised 1978 depiction of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., has died. He was 62.


    Canadian Press
    Slideshow: Academy Awards




    Winfield died Sunday of a heart attack, said his agent Michael Livingston.


    In 1968, Winfield played the boyfriend of Diahann Carroll (news) in her situation comedy "Julia" — a role that some suggest helped open television to other black performers.


    Four years later Winfield's portrayal of the father in "Sounder" earned him an Academy Award nomination for best actor.


    He was Emmy-nominated for best actor in the title role of the 1978 miniseries "King," and nominated the next year in the best supporting actor category for playing a college chancellor willing to sing Negro spirituals to get donations for his school in "Roots: The Next Generation."


    He finally won an Emmy in 1995 for a guest appearance on "Picket Fences." He played a federal judge whose rulings on busing inner-city children are challenged by a local resident.


    Despite acclaim, Winfield was often relegated to supporting roles, including playing Jim in a 1974 remake of "Huckleberry Finn."


    Sidney Poitier hired Winfield for his first movie role in "The Lost Man" in 1969. Other significant roles included an appearance in the Broadway play "Checkmates" with Denzel Washington, and his portrayal of Don King in a 1995 HBO movie.


    A Los Angeles native, Winfield was born May 22, 1941. Until he was 8, he was raised by union organizer Lois Edwards, who later married Winfield's stepfather.


    He was bused to the predominantly white Manual Arts High School in Los Angeles and was named best actor for three years in a row in an annual Southern California high school drama competition.


    He later studied drama at four colleges before leaving the University of California at Los Angeles six credits short of a bachelor's degree.


    He is survived by his sister, Patricia Wilson, of Las Vegas.
     
  2. Funkee1

    Funkee1

    Jul 19, 2002
    Texas
    Yeah. I heard this on the news last night and shed a tear. I just watched the original Sounder with my kids about a month ago. They saw the remake with Carl Lumbly, and I wanted them to see the classic.

    Paul was a class act. He will be missed. :bawl:
     
  3. Yes, Paul will be missed.

    He was a very good actor.

    R.I.P. :(

    Mike
     
  4. Mike Money

    Mike Money Banned

    Mar 18, 2003
    Bakersfield California
    Avatar Speakers Endorsing Hooligan
    Ever notice that celebrities die in groups? Like... one dies... and it sets off a chain reaction, and before you know it, 10 of them are gone.