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Howard E. Rollins Jr. (1950–1996)


Howard E. Rollins Jr. was born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1950. He was the youngest of four children born to Howard E. Rollins Sr. (steelworker) and Ruth R. Rollins (domestic worker). Rollins graduated from Towson State College, where he studied theater. His first break into acting came when a friend convinced him to try out for a role in "Of Mice ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 4 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

In the Heat of the Night
In the Heat of the Night Chief of Detectives Virgil Tibbs / Attorney Virgil Tibbs
(1988-1994)
All My Children
All My Children F. B. I. Agent (early 1980s)
(1981)
A Soldier's Story
A Soldier's Story Captain Davenport
(1984)
Ragtime
Ragtime Coalhouse Walker Jr.
(1981)

Filmography

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 1996 Harambee! (TV Movie)
Chimbuko (as Howard Rollins)
 1996 Remember WENN (TV Series)
George Smith
- The Emperor Smith (1996) ... George Smith
 1995 Drunks
Joseph (as Howard Rollins)
 1995 New York Undercover (TV Series)
Reverend Hundley
- The Smoking Section (1995) ... Reverend Hundley (as Howard Rollins)
 1992 With Murder in Mind (TV Movie)
Samuel Carver (as Howard Rollins)
 1990 On the Block
Clay Beasley (as Howard Rollins)
 1986 Johnnie Mae Gibson: FBI (TV Movie)
T.C. Russell (as Howard Rollins)
 1986 The Children of Times Square (TV Movie)
Otis Travis
 1985 Wildside (TV Series)
Bannister Sparks
- Until the Fat Lady Sings (1985) ... Bannister Sparks
- Buffalo Who? (1985) ... Bannister Sparks
- Don't Keep the Home Fires Burning (1985) ... Bannister Sparks
- The Crimea of the Century (1985) ... Bannister Sparks
- Delinquency of a Miner (1985) ... Bannister Sparks
 1984 The House of Dies Drear (TV Movie)
Walter Small
 1984 He's Fired, She's Hired (TV Movie)
Raoul
 1984 A Soldier's Story
Captain Davenport
 1984 A Doctor's Story (TV Movie)
Dr. Zack Williams
 1983 Moving Right Along (TV Series) (1983)
 1982 Another World (TV Series)
Ed Harding
- Episode dated 30 July 1982 (1982) ... Ed Harding (as Howard Rollins)
- Episode #1.4498 (1982) ... Ed Harding
 1982 The Neighborhood (TV Movie)
Allen Campbell
 1981 All My Children (TV Series)
F. B. I. Agent (early 1980s)
- Episode #1.2979 (1981) ... F. B. I. Agent (early 1980s)
 1981 Thornwell (TV Movie)
Carson
 1979 My Old Man (TV Movie)
Doctor
 1979 Roots: The Next Generations (TV Mini-Series)
George Haley
- Episode #1.7 (1979) ... George Haley (as Howard Rollins)
 1978 The Trial of the Moke (TV Movie)
 1978 King (TV Mini-Series)
Andrew Young
- Episode #1.3 (1978) ... Andrew Young (as Howard Rollins)
- Episode #1.2 (1978) ... Andrew Young (as Howard Rollins)
- Episode #1.1 (1978) ... Andrew Young (as Howard Rollins, credit only)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

He acted in Herb Gardner's play, "I'm Not Rappaport," directed by Daniel Sullivan; at the Apollo Theatre in London, England with Paul Scofield and Susan Fleetwood in the cast. See more »

Alternate Names:

Howard Rollins Jr. | Howard E. Rollins | Howard Rollins

Height:

6' (1.83 m)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

[on having been offered $40,000 for his starring role in 'A Soldier's Story'] This project is being referred to as 'special, 'unusual', 'different', but when you cut through the bullshit it's because it's a black production. I'm tired of words like 'prestige' and 'dedication'. Sure, we're dedicated. but for no money.

Trivia:

Battled substance abuse problems for many years before his untimely death. See more »

Nickname:

Ho Ro

Star Sign:

Libra

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