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He may have made TV history as the first black game show host back in the 1970s, but the talents of singer/actor/musician Adam Wade extend far wider. Born Patrick Henry Wade, he grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In the late 1950s he served as part of the research team for Dr. Jonas Salk who invented the polio vaccine. In 1959, he switched to ... See full bio »
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  Drug Affected (filming)
Rev. Lovejoy
 2010 Drugs 101 (Short)
 2004 Brother to Brother
Sam, the Bartender
 2004 Law & Order (TV Series)
- Darwinian (2004) ... Noah
 1998 L7: The Beauty Process (Video)
Christopher Talkin
 1982 Kiss Me Goodbye
 1981 Texas Lightning
Highway Patrolman
 1981 Hill Street Blues (TV Series)
Internal Affairs Officer
- Can World War III Be an Attitude? (1981) ... Internal Affairs Officer
 1979 The Super Globetrotters (TV Series)
'Sweet' Lou Dunbar / Gizmo Man
- The Super Globetrotters vs. Attila the Hun (1979) ... 'Sweet' Lou Dunbar / Gizmo Man (voice)
- The Super Globetrotters vs. Merlo the Magician (1979) ... 'Sweet' Lou Dunbar / Gizmo Man (voice)
- The Super Globetrotters vs. Bullmoose (1979) ... 'Sweet' Lou Dunbar / Gizmo Man (voice)
- The Super Globetrotters vs. Transylvania Terrors (1979) ... 'Sweet' Lou Dunbar / Gizmo Man (voice)
- The Super Globetrotters vs. The Time Lord (1979) ... 'Sweet' Lou Dunbar / Gizmo Man (voice)
 1979 The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo (TV Series)
Jim Benedict
- Run for the Money: Part 2 (1979) ... Jim Benedict
 1979 B.J. and the Bear (TV Series)
Jim Benedict
- Run for the Money (1979) ... Jim Benedict
 1979 The Dukes of Hazzard (TV Series)
Dr. Homer Willis
- Gold Fever (1979) ... Dr. Homer Willis
 1979 The Jeffersons (TV Series)
Dr. Greg Martin
- Three Faces of Florence (1979) ... Dr. Greg Martin
 1979 Uptown Saturday Night (TV Movie)
Monroe Hoover
 1978 What's Happening!! (TV Series)
Marty Slade
- Shirley's Cookies (1978) ... Marty Slade
 1978 Good Times (TV Series)
Frank Mason
- Willona's New Job (1978) ... Frank Mason
- Willona's Mr. Right (1978) ... Frank Mason
 1977 Kojak (TV Series)
Roland Weeks
- I Could Kill My Wife's Lawyer (1977) ... Roland Weeks
 1977 Sanford Arms (TV Series)
- The TV Show (1977) ... Director
 1976 Police Woman (TV Series)
Sgt. Dalton
- Trial by Prejudice (1976) ... Sgt. Dalton
 1976 Street Killing (TV Movie)
J.D. Johnson
 1976 Sanford and Son (TV Series)
Mr. Creely
- The Director (1976) ... Mr. Creely
 1974 Phantom of the Paradise
 1974 Tony Orlando and Dawn (TV Series)
Regular (1976)
 1974 Claudine
 1974 Nicky's World (TV Movie)
Ezra Lent
 1974 Crazy Joe
 1973 Gordon's War
 1972 Across 110th Street
 1971 Shaft
Brother #1
 1970 Adam-12 (TV Series)
Ron Thompson
- Log 14: SWAT (1970) ... Ron Thompson
 1969 The F.B.I. (TV Series)
Ellis Deavers
- The Sanctuary (1969) ... Ellis Deavers
 1966 Tarzan (TV Series)
- End of the River (1966) ... Sergeant
 1951 Search for Tomorrow (TV Series)
John Burroughs (1970)
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His three children are Sheldon W. Wade, born 5 October 1956; Patrice L. Wade, born 3 December 1957; and Michael Wade, born 28 September 1960, all of whom are from first wife Kay Wade. His children were raised in the Downtown area of Brooklyn, New York, known as Fort Green. The older children were born in Pittsburgh; the youngest, Michael, was born in New York. Sheldon Wade changed his name to ... See more »

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