Al Freeman Jr.

Al Freeman Jr. Headshot

Actor • Director

Birth Date: March 21, 1934

Death Date: August 9, 2012

Birth Place: San Antonio, Texas

Al Freeman Jr., son of actor Al Freeman, began his own acting career in 1958. He worked on several television shows before appearing in the 1964 film "Black Like Me," an adaptation of John Howard Griffin's classic nonfiction account of racial attitudes in the late '50s. Several years later, Freeman played the role of Howard in Francis Ford Coppola's Oscar-nominated film "Finian's Rainbow" starring Fred Astaire. Freeman landed his first major part in 1970, with the title role in "My Sweet Charlie" costarring Patty Duke; he earned his first Emmy nomination for his performance. He received his second Emmy nom in 1979, playing Malcolm X on the acclaimed miniseries "Roots: The Next Generations."

Freeman played other important characters in the Civil Rights struggle as well, in the miniseries "King" and in Spike Lee's film "Malcolm X," where he portrayed Malcolm X's spiritual teacher, Elijah Muhammad. In addition to his acting work, Freeman has directed episodes of the long-running soap opera "One Life to Live," and teaches acting at Howard University.

Credits

Gospel Music Presents: Great Performances

Host
Show
2009

Down in the DeltaStream

Actor
Earl Sinclair
Movie
1998
76%

Once Upon a Time... When We Were Colored

Actor
Poppa
Movie
1995
71%

Assault at West Point: The Court-Martial of Johnson Whittaker

Actor
Old Johnson Whittaker
Movie
1994

Homicide: Life on the Street

Guest Star
Series
1993
91%

Boy Meets Girl

Actor
Movie
1993

Malcolm XStream

Actor
Elijah Muhammad
Movie
1992
89%

Law & OrderStream

Guest Star
Series
1990

Seven Hours to Judgment

Actor
Danny Larwin
Movie
1988

Siete Horas Para el Juicio

Actor
Movie
1988

King

Actor
Miniseries
1978

Hot L Baltimore

Actor
Charles Bingham
Series
1975

KojakStream

Guest Star
Donald Mosher
Series
1973

MaudeStream

Guest Star
Series
1972

My Sweet Charlie

Actor
Charles Roberts
Movie
1970

The Chicago Conspiracy Trial

Actor
Movie
1970

Con los Minutos Contados

Actor
Movie
1969

Castle Keep

Actor
Pvt. Allistair Piersall Benjamin
Movie
1969

The Lost Man

Actor
Dennis Lawrence
Movie
1969

Mod Squad

Guest Star
Jessie Cook
Series
1968

One Life to LiveStream

Actor
Capt. Ed Hall
Soap
1968

Finian's RainbowStream

Actor
Howard
Movie
1968
53%

The DetectiveStream

Actor
Robbie
Movie
1968
100%

Judd for the Defense

Guest Star
Show
1967

Dutchman

Actor
Clay
Movie
1966

For Pete's Sake!

Actor
Movie
1966

Ça ira, il fiume della rivolta

Narrator
Movie
1964

Ensign Pulver

Actor
Taru
Movie
1964

Mr. Novak

Guest Star
Show
1963

Sniper's Ridge

Actor
Medic Gwathney
Movie
1961

The Broken Mask

Actor
George
Movie
1958