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Sonny Jim Gaines (1928–2006)

Sonny Jim Gaines was born in 1928. He was an actor, known for Malcolm X (1992), The Pelican Brief (1993) and The Distinguished Gentleman (1992). He died on September 2, 2006 in Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA. See full bio »


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 2003 The Fighting Temptations
Lilli's Grandfather (as James E. Gaines)
 1994-1995 New York Undercover (TV Series)
Nelson / Lewis
- Man's Best Friend (1995) ... Nelson
- Tasha (1994) ... Lewis
 1994 Law & Order (TV Series)
Albert Giggins
- White Rabbit (1994) ... Albert Giggins
 1993 The Pelican Brief
 1992 The Distinguished Gentleman
Van Dyke
 1992 Malcolm X
Cholly (as James E. Gaines)
 1981 Death of a Prophet (TV Movie)
 1981 The Sophisticated Gents (TV Movie)
Coach Charles 'Chappie' Davis
 1981 Sanford (TV Series)
Bailiff #2
- Jury Duty (1981) ... Bailiff #2 (as James E. Gaines)
 1979 Julius Caesar (Video)
 1979 Freedom Road (TV Movie)
Brother Peter
 1979 I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (TV Movie)
Uncle Willie
 1978 Lawman Without a Gun (TV Movie)
Mr. Smith
 1978 Baretta (TV Series)
Black Dot
- The Snake Chaser (1978) ... Black Dot (as Sonny Jim)
 1974-1977 Sanford and Son (TV Series)
Dan / 'Big Money' Grip Madlock
- The Lucky Streak (1977) ... Dan
- Mama's Baby, Papa's Maybe (1974) ... 'Big Money' Grip Madlock
 1976 Just an Old Sweet Song (TV Movie)
 1976 Good Times (TV Series)
Fred Buchanan
- J.J.'s Fiancee: Part 2 (1976) ... Fred Buchanan
- J.J.'s Fiancee: Part 1 (1976) ... Fred Buchanan
 1973 Five on the Black Hand Side
Sweetmeat (as Sonny Jim)

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Alternate Names:

James E. Gaines | Sonny Jim

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