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Alex Haley (1921–1992)

Alex Haley served in the United States Coast Guard during the Second World War, Korean Conflict, and Cold War, and was the first African-American Coast Guardsman in the modern era to reach the rank of Chief Petty Officer. This paved the way for many other black men and women to rise into the senior enlisted ranks in the naval services. He also ... See full bio »

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 1998 Mama Flora's Family (TV Movie) (book)
 1993 Queen (TV Mini-Series) (based upon a story by - 2 episodes)
- Episode #1.2 (1993) ... (based upon a story by)
- Episode #1.1 (1993) ... (based upon a story by)
 1992 Malcolm X (book "The Autobiography of Malcolm X")
  Palmerstown, U.S.A. (TV Series) (teleplay - 3 episodes, 1980) (writer - 1 episode, 1980)
- The Old Sister (1980) ... (teleplay)
- The Black Travelers: II (1980) ... (writer)
- The Black Travelers: I (1980) ... (teleplay)
- The Lesson (1980) ... (teleplay)
  Roots: The Next Generations (TV Mini-Series) (books "Roots" and "Search" - 6 episodes, 1979) (book "Roots and Search" - 1 episode, 1979)
- Episode #1.7 (1979) ... (books "Roots" and "Search")
- Episode #1.6 (1979) ... (books "Roots" and "Search")
- Episode #1.5 (1979) ... (books "Roots" and "Search")
- Episode #1.4 (1979) ... (book "Roots and Search")
- Episode #1.3 (1979) ... (books "Roots" and "Search")
 1977 Roots (TV Mini-Series) (book - 12 episodes)
- Part IX (1977) ... (book)
- Part IV (1977) ... (book)
- Part V (1977) ... (book)
- Part XI (1977) ... (book)
- Part VIII (1977) ... (book)
 1973 Super Fly T.N.T. (screenplay)
 1972 Malcolm X (Documentary) (book "The Autobiography of Malcolm X")
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Appeared in Frank Sinatra's music video for "L.A. Is My Lady" (1984)

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5' 10½" (1.79 m)

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Nobody can do for little children what grandparents can do. Grandparents sort of sprinkle dust over the lives of little children.


Several hundred copies of his book "Roots" had to be recalled from the publisher because they had been accidentally bound with covers meant for "Gone With The Wind". See more »

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