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Ji-Tu Cumbuka

Ji-Tu Cumbuka is one of the many U.S. African actors who overcame walls of adversity in the 60s. Born in Montgomery County, Alabama on March fourth, 1942 in an era of oppression, Ji-Tu did not let social norms hold him back from what he loved. Opportunities were slim; a U.S. African actor of the 40s and 50s held roles as house maids or were ... See full bio »
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 2004 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (TV Series)
Hot Dog Vendor
- Viva Las Vegas (2004) ... Hot Dog Vendor
 1994 Walker, Texas Ranger (TV Series)
Dexter
- Stolen Lullaby (1994) ... Dexter
 1994 In the Heat of the Night (TV Series)
Dale
- Time's Long Shadow (1994) ... Dale (as Ji Tu II)
 1990 Caged in Paradiso
Josh
 1990 Knots Landing (TV Series)
Security Director
- My Bullet (1990) ... Security Director (as Ji-Tu)
- Out of Control (1990) ... Security Director (as Ji-Tu)
 1989 Matlock (TV Series)
Jerry Stone
- The Prisoner: Part 2 (1989) ... Jerry Stone (as Ji-Tu)
- The Prisoner: Part 1 (1989) ... Jerry Stone (as Ji-Tu)
 1989 Harlem Nights
Toothless Gambler
 1989 Murder, She Wrote (TV Series)
Calder Williams
- Night of the Tarantula (1989) ... Calder Williams (as Ji-Tu)
 1989 Alien Nation (TV Series)
Andrew Craig
- The Takeover (1989) ... Andrew Craig
 1988 Glitch!
Mookie (as Ji Tu Kambuka)
 1988 Moving
Edwards
 1988 Crime Story (TV Series)
Buzz
- Moulin Rouge (1988) ... Buzz
 1987 The Bronx Zoo (TV Series)
The Drink Guy
- It's Hard to Be a Saint in the City (1987) ... The Drink Guy
 1987 227 (TV Series)
Second Poker Player
- Low Noon (1987) ... Second Poker Player (as Ji-Tu)
 1987 CBS Summer Playhouse (TV Series)
Sonny Whitaker
- Kingpins (1987) ... Sonny Whitaker
 1986-1987 Hunter (TV Series)
Homer
- Hot Pursuit: Part 1 (1987) ... Homer
- Scrap Metal (1986) ... Homer
 1987 St. Elsewhere (TV Series)
 1987 Outrageous Fortune
Cab Driver
 1986 MacGyver (TV Series)
Moorish Warrior / Rider
- Silent World (1986) ... Moorish Warrior / Rider
 1986 Amen (TV Series)
Willie
- Sermon from the Cell (1986) ... Willie
 1986 Out of Bounds
Lemar
 1985 The A-Team (TV Series)
Gravedigger / Bubba
- The Heart of Rock N' Roll (1985) ... Gravedigger
- Knights of the Road (1985) ... Bubba
 1985 The Cracker Brothers (TV Movie)
 1985 Volunteers
Cicero (as Ji-Tu Cumbaka)
 1985 Covenant (TV Movie)
Duboff
 1985 Brewster's Millions
Melvin
 1985 Doin' Time
Bernie Feldstein
 1985 Knight Rider (TV Series)
Trucker
- Ten Wheel Trouble (1985) ... Trucker
 1985 The Dukes of Hazzard (TV Series)
Bubba Malone
- Opening Night at the Boar's Nest (1985) ... Bubba Malone
 1985 Riptide (TV Series)
Blademan
- Prisoner of War (1985) ... Blademan
 1984 Falcon Crest (TV Series)
Hood
- Suitable for Framing (1984) ... Hood
 1984 Bachelor Party
Alley Pimp
 1983 Hardcastle and McCormick (TV Series)
Giles
- The Crystal Duck (1983) ... Giles
 1983 Faerie Tale Theatre (TV Series)
Emperor's Bodyguard
- The Nightingale (1983) ... Emperor's Bodyguard
 1981 Death Ray 2000 (TV Movie)
Torque
 1979 A Man Called Sloane (TV Series)
Torque
- The Shangri-La Syndrome (1979) ... Torque
- Architect of Evil (1979) ... Torque
- Lady Bug (1979) ... Torque
- Sweethearts of Disaster (1979) ... Torque
- Samurai (1979) ... Torque
 1979 Flesh & Blood (TV Movie)
Woody Shaw
 1979 Ebony, Ivory and Jade (TV Movie)
Thurston
 1979 Walk Proud
Sgt. Gannett
 1979 The Jericho Mile (TV Movie)
Brother Lateef
 1979 Mandrake (TV Movie)
Lothar
 1978 Angela
 1978 Last of the Good Guys (TV Movie)
Officer Marv Pulaski (uncredited)
 1977 Young Dan'l Boone (TV Series)
Hawk
- The Game (1977) ... Hawk
- The Salt Licks (1977) ... Hawk
- The Pirate (1977) ... Hawk
- The Trail Blazer (1977) ... Hawk
 1977 Sanford and Son (TV Series)
Edmond
- Fred Sings the Blues (1977) ... Edmond
 1977 Fun with Dick and Jane
Guard
 1977 Roots (TV Mini-Series)
Wrestler
- Part III (1977) ... Wrestler
- Part II (1977) ... Wrestler
- Part I (1977) ... Wrestler
 1976 Bound for Glory
Slim Snedeger - Hobo on Train
 1976 Police Story (TV Series)
Gold Tooth
- Trash Detail, Front and Center (1976) ... Gold Tooth
 1976 S.W.A.T. (TV Series)
Talbert
- Any Second Now (1976) ... Talbert
 1976 The Rockford Files (TV Series)
Sherm Addison
- Foul on the First Play (1976) ... Sherm Addison
 1976 Dr. Black, Mr. Hyde
Lt. Jackson
 1975 The Streets of San Francisco (TV Series)
Lafayette Delacroix
- No Place to Hide (1975) ... Lafayette Delacroix
 1975 The Blue Knight (TV Series)
Leroy 'Tank' Whittier
- Pilot (1975) ... Leroy 'Tank' Whittier
 1975 Mandingo
Cicero
 1975 Lucas Tanner (TV Series)
Bouncer
- One to One (1975) ... Bouncer
 1975 Sunshine (TV Series)
Houston
- Jill (1975) ... Houston
 1975 Caribe (TV Series)
Sergeant Fenn
- The Mercenary (1975) ... Sergeant Fenn
 1975 Kung Fu (TV Series)
Omar
- Barbary House (1975) ... Omar (as Ji Tu Cumbuka)
 1975 The Dream Makers (TV Movie)
Speedout
 1973-1974 Kojak (TV Series)
John 'Blue' Andrews / Slade
- A Very Deadly Game (1974) ... John 'Blue' Andrews
- One for the Morgue (1973) ... Slade (as Ji Tu Cumbuka)
 1974 Get Christie Love! (TV Series)
Shark
- Emperor of Death Street (1974) ... Shark
 1974 Ironside (TV Series)
Obbie
- Amy Prentiss: Part 2 (1974) ... Obbie
- Amy Prentiss: Part 1 (1974) ... Obbie
 1974 Lost in the Stars
Johannes
 1974 Toma (TV Series)
- Joey the Weep (1974)
 1974 The Six Million Dollar Man (TV Series)
Soldier
- Little Orphan Airplane (1974) ... Soldier
 1974 Chase (TV Series)
- The Game Ball (1974)
 1974 The Snoop Sisters (TV Series)
Jim Saunders
- Fear Is a Free-Throw (1974) ... Jim Saunders
 1973 Maurie
Oscar
 1973 Trader Horn
Orange Stripe
 1972 Up the Sandbox
Black Captain
 1972 Night Gallery (TV Series)
Big Dan Anger
- The Ring with the Red Velvet Ropes (1972) ... Big Dan Anger
 1972 Blacula
Skillet (as Jitu Cumbuka)
 1972 Top of the Heap
Pot Peddler
 1971 Brian's Song (TV Movie)
Roommate
 1971 The Bold Ones: The Senator (TV Series)
Archie
- A Single Blow of a Sword (1971) ... Archie
 1970 Daniel Boone (TV Series)
Lucas Hunter
- Run for the Money (1970) ... Lucas Hunter
 1969 Change of Habit
Hawk
 1968 It Takes a Thief (TV Series)
Roosevelt
- To Catch a Roaring Lion (1968) ... Roosevelt
 1968 Uptight
Rick

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Alternate Names:

Ji-Tu Cumbaka | Ji Tu Cumbuka | Jitu Cumbuka | Ji-Tu | Ji Tu Kambuka | Ji Tu II

Height:

6' 5" (1.96 m)
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Ji-Tu means "Giant" and Cumbuka means "To Remember" in Swahili.

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