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Ji-Tu Cumbuka (1940–2017)


Ji-Tu Cumbuka is one of the many U.S. African actors who overcame walls of adversity in the 60s. Born in Montgomery County, Alabama on March fourth, 1940 in an era of oppression, Ji-Tu did not let social norms hold him back from what he loved. Opportunities were slim; a U.S. African actor of the 40s and 50s held roles as house maids or were ... See full bio »

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(age 77) in Atlanta, Georgia, USA

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Known For

Mandingo
Mandingo Cicero
(1975)
Bachelor Party
Bachelor Party Alley Pimp
(1984)
Brewster's Millions
(1985)
Harlem Nights
Harlem Nights Toothless Gambler
(1989)

Filmography

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 2004 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (TV Series)
Hot Dog Vendor
 1994 Walker, Texas Ranger (TV Series)
Dexter
 1994 In the Heat of the Night (TV Series)
Dale
 1993 Midnight Edition
Reginald Brown
 1990 Caged in Paradiso
Josh
 1990 Knots Landing (TV Series)
Director of Security / Security Director
 1989 Matlock (TV Series)
Jerry Stone
 1989 Harlem Nights
Toothless Gambler
 1989 Murder, She Wrote (TV Series)
Calder Williams
 1989 Alien Nation (TV Series)
Andrew Craig
 1988 Glitch!
Mookie (as Ji Tu Kambuka)
 1988 Moving
Edwards
 1988 Crime Story (TV Series)
Buzz
 1987 The Bronx Zoo (TV Series)
The Drink Guy
 1987 227 (TV Series)
Second Poker Player
 1987 CBS Summer Playhouse (TV Series)
Sonny Whitaker
 1986-1987 Hunter (TV Series)
Homer
 1987 St. Elsewhere (TV Series)
 1987 Outrageous Fortune
Cab Driver
 1986 MacGyver (TV Series)
Moorish Warrior / Rider
 1986 Amen (TV Series)
Willie
 1986 Out of Bounds
Lemar
 1985 The A-Team (TV Series)
Gravedigger / Bubba
 1985 Volunteers
Cicero (as Ji-Tu Cumbaka)
 1985 Covenant (TV Movie)
Duboff
 1985 Brewster's Millions
Melvin
 1985 Doin' Time
Bernie Feldstein
 1985 Knight Rider (TV Series)
Trucker
 1985 The Dukes of Hazzard (TV Series)
Bubba Malone
 1985 Riptide (TV Series)
Blademan
 1984 Falcon Crest (TV Series)
Hood
 1984 Bachelor Party
Alley Pimp
 1983 Hardcastle and McCormick (TV Series)
Giles
 1983 Faerie Tale Theatre (TV Series)
Emperor's Bodyguard
 1981 Death Ray 2000 (TV Movie)
Torque
 1979 A Man Called Sloane (TV Series)
Torque
 1979 Flesh & Blood (TV Movie)
Woody Shaw
 1979 Ebony, Ivory and Jade (TV Movie)
Thurston
 1979 Walk Proud
Sgt. Gannett
 1979 The Jericho Mile (TV Movie)
Brother Lateef
 1979 Mandrake (TV Movie)
Lothar
 1978 Last of the Good Guys (TV Movie)
Officer Marv Pulaski (uncredited)
 1977 Angela
 1977 Young Dan'l Boone (TV Series)
Hawk
 1977 Sanford and Son (TV Series)
Edmond
 1977 Fun with Dick and Jane
Guard
 1977 Roots (TV Mini-Series)
Wrestler
 1976 Bound for Glory
Slim Snedeger - Hobo on Train
 1976 Most Wanted (TV Series)
Carl
 1976 Police Story (TV Series)
Gold Tooth
 1976 S.W.A.T. (TV Series)
Talbert
 1976 The Rockford Files (TV Series)
Sherm Addison
 1976 Dr. Black, Mr. Hyde
Lt. Jackson
 1975 The Streets of San Francisco (TV Series)
Lafayette Delacroix
 1975 The Blue Knight (TV Series)
Leroy 'Tank' Whittier
 1975 Mandingo
Cicero
 1975 Lucas Tanner (TV Series)
Bouncer
 1975 Sunshine (TV Series)
Houston
 1975 Caribe (TV Series)
Sergeant Fenn
 1975 Kung Fu (TV Series)
Omar
 1975 The Dream Makers (TV Movie)
Speedout
 1973-1974 Kojak (TV Series)
John 'Blue' Andrews / Slade
 1974 Get Christie Love! (TV Series)
Shark
 1974 Ironside (TV Series)
Obbie
 1974 Lost in the Stars
Johannes
 1974 Toma (TV Series)
 1974 The Six Million Dollar Man (TV Series)
Soldier
 1974 Chase (TV Series)
 1974 The Snoop Sisters (TV Series)
Jim Saunders
 1973 Maurie
Oscar
 1973 Trader Horn
Orange Stripe
 1972 Up the Sandbox
Black Captain
 1972 Night Gallery (TV Series)
Big Dan Anger
 1972 Blacula
Skillet (as Jitu Cumbuka)
 1972 Top of the Heap
Pot Peddler
 1971 Brian's Song (TV Movie)
Roommate
 1971 The Bold Ones: The Senator (TV Series)
Archie
 1970 Daniel Boone (TV Series)
Lucas Hunter
 1969 Change of Habit
Hawk
 1968 It Takes a Thief (TV Series)
Roosevelt
 1968 Uptight
Rick (as Jitu Cumbuka)
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Personal Details

Official Sites:

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Alternate Names:

Ji-Tu Cumbaka | Ji Tu Cumbuka | Jitu Cumbuka | Ji-Tu | Ji Tu Kambuka | Ji Tu II | Ji Tu

Height:

6' 5" (1.96 m)
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Trivia:

Ji-Tu means "Giant" and Cumbuka means "To Remember" in Swahili.

Star Sign:

Pisces

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