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Paul Winfield (I) (1939–2004)

Signifying intelligence, eloquence, versatility and quiet intensity, one of the more important, critically-acclaimed black actors to gain a Hollywood foothold in the 1970s was Paul Winfield. Born in 1939 in Portland, Oregon, he lived there in his early years before moving with his family to Los Angeles' Watts district. He showed early promise as a ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Paul E. Winfield


6' 1½" (1.87 m)

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[on Sounder (1972)] The love and devotion the Lee family expresses is what it is all about. This is the real black experience. [In most back films] those cats don't show any humor or emotions. They just get in and out of bed. See more »


Was first impacted by the film Home of the Brave (1949), which starred African-American actor James Edwards in a leading role, not a typical supporting role as a servant. See more »

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