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If the only image that comes to mind at the mention of the name Dick Gregory is the skinny African American elder, his beaming visage ringed with a nimbus of white hair and beard, prepare for a restorative explosion. In one of the most astonishing performances of this or any season, Joe Morton, the stage-turned-Scandal star, plays the enduring comedian, activist, gadfly and author with a warmth and precision that has nothing to do with versimilitude and everything to do… »
Long before Joe Morton played Olivia Pope’s sinister father on “Scandal,” the actor starred in Tony Award-winning musicals on Broadway. The 68-year-old Emmy winner was first mentioned in Variety for his role in the musical “A Month of Sundays” — his first part after leaving Hofstra University. Now, some 45 years later, he’ll portray NAACP leader Roy Wilkins in HBO’s “All the Way” and channel Dick Gregory in the one-man show “Turn Me Loose” later this year.
When did you decide you wanted to pursue acting?
I entered Hofstra as a psychology major. During orientation they took us into the theater and did a skit on what our first year might be like. When it was over, I literally couldn’t get up out of my seat. I kind of sat there and thought, “I’ve been singing for a while and playing guitar, and really enjoyed that. Maybe I could be an actor. »
- Margaret Lenker
In a career that has spanned nearly 60 years, comedian, political activist and social critic Dick Gregory has had many lives. He started out in the 1950's as a comedian and Mc and eventually toplining at the Playboy Club in Chicago. He was soon discovered by TV talent scouts, and became a regular fixture on TV talk shows throughout the 60's. Long before Chris Rock or Richard Pryor, Gregory's humor was searing and cutting edge, dealing with topics such as racism and other social ills, but with his own patented barbed wit. However, producers treated him, as well as other black performers on the shows at the time, as hired help, and would not let him sit down with the various talk show hosts »
3 items from 2016
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