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Ron O'Neal (I) (1937–2004)


Tall, lean, handsome veteran stage and classically trained actor, best known for his iconic role as Youngblood Priest - the long haired, stylishly dressed cocaine dealer who wants to make one last big score so he can retire from the cocaine business, in the seminal 1972 crime drama Super Fly. Son of a jazz musician who worked as a factory worker ... See full bio »

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Known For

Super Fly
Super Fly Priest
(1972)
The Final Countdown
The Final Countdown Cdr. Dan Thurman
(1980)
Red Dawn
Red Dawn Colonel Ernesto Bella
(1984)
The Equalizer
The Equalizer Lt. Isadore Smalls
(1986)

Filmography

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 1999 The Wayans Bros. (TV Series)
Sergeant Scully
- Saving Private Marlon (1999) ... Sergeant Scully
 1997 Sparks (TV Series)
Arthur Fairchild
- Roots III (1997) ... Arthur Fairchild
 1993 The Sinbad Show (TV Series)
Superfly
- David's Van (1993) ... Superfly
 1992 The Boys (TV Movie)
Uncle John
 1990 Hammer, Slammer, & Slade (TV Movie)
Ray Samuels
 1989 1st & Ten: The Championship (TV Series)
Mr. Byron
- Mind Games (1989) ... Mr. Byron
 1988 Murder, She Wrote (TV Series)
Sgt. Joe Santiago
- J.B.. as in Jailbird (1988) ... Sgt. Joe Santiago
 1987 Frank's Place (TV Series)
Ozell Dryer
- Frank Joins the Club (1987) ... Ozell Dryer
 1985-1986 Hill Street Blues (TV Series)
Stan Williams / Pete
- Bald Ambition (1986) ... Stan Williams
- Look Homeward, Ninja (1986) ... Stan Williams
- El Capitan (1985) ... Pete
 1986 As Summers Die (TV Movie)
Daniel Backus
 1985 North and South (TV Mini-Series)
William Still
- Episode #1.4 (1985) ... William Still (uncredited)
 1985 Knight Rider (TV Series)
Charles Zurich
- Sky Knight (1985) ... Charles Zurich
 1985 Playing with Fire (TV Movie)
Steve Phillips
 1985 Crazy Like a Fox (TV Series)
- Fox and Hounds (1985)
 1984 Remington Steele (TV Series)
Gabe Putnam
- Lofty Steele (1984) ... Gabe Putnam
 1982 Shannon (TV Series)
Bunky James
- Favor for an Enemy (1982) ... Bunky James
 1982 The Greatest American Hero (TV Series)
Colonel
- A Chicken in Every Plot (1982) ... Colonel (as Ron O'Neil)
 1981 The Sophisticated Gents (TV Series)
Clarence 'Claire' Henderson
- Episode #1.3 (1981) ... Clarence 'Claire' Henderson
- Episode #1.2 (1981) ... Clarence 'Claire' Henderson
- Episode #1.1 (1981) ... Clarence 'Claire' Henderson
 1980 The Righteous Apples (TV Series)
Rev. Robinson
- A Dream Fulfilled (1980) ... Rev. Robinson (as Ron O'Neil)
 1980 Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones (TV Movie)
Col. Robles
 1980 Brave New World (TV Movie)
Mustapha Mond
 1979 Freedom Road (TV Movie)
Francis Cardoza
 1975 Hot L Baltimore (TV Series)
Mojo Thompson
- Bingham's Con (1975) ... Mojo Thompson
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Interviewed in "Reflections on Blaxploitation: Actors and Directors Speak", 2009. See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Biographical Movie | 1 Interview | 2 Articles | 1 Pictorial | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

Alternate Names:

Ron O'Neil
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

Frankly, I've not been pleased with most of what I've had to do. I have a considerable amount of experience, and what they've asked me to do has not demanded that much of me. See more »

Trivia:

Was offered a role in the 1988 Keenon Ivory Wayans Film, "I'm Gonna Git You Sucka" and in the 1990 "Superfly" remake "The Return of Superfly" but he turned down both roles. See more »

Star Sign:

Virgo

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