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Sonny Jim Gaines (1927–2006)

Sonny Jim Gaines was born on September 10, 1927. He was an actor, known for Malcolm X (1992), The Pelican Brief (1993) and The Distinguished Gentleman (1992). He died on September 2, 2006 in Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA. See full bio »

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Known For

Malcolm X
Malcolm X Cholly
The Pelican Brief
New York Undercover
New York Undercover Lewis / Nelson


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 2003 The Fighting Temptations
Lilli's Grandfather (as James E. Gaines)
 1994-1995 New York Undercover (TV Series)
Nelson / Lewis
- Man's Best Friend (1995) ... Nelson
- Tasha (1994) ... Lewis
 1994 Law & Order (TV Series)
Albert Giggins
- White Rabbit (1994) ... Albert Giggins
 1993 The Pelican Brief
 1992 The Distinguished Gentleman
Van Dyke
 1992 Malcolm X
Cholly (as James E. Gaines)
 1981 Death of a Prophet (TV Movie)
 1981 The Sophisticated Gents (TV Series)
Coach Charles 'Chappie' Davis
- Episode #1.3 (1981) ... Coach Charles 'Chappie' Davis
- Episode #1.2 (1981) ... Coach Charles 'Chappie' Davis
- Episode #1.1 (1981) ... Coach Charles 'Chappie' Davis
 1981 Sanford (TV Series)
Bailiff #2
- Jury Duty (1981) ... Bailiff #2 (as James E. Gaines)
 1979 Julius Caesar (Video)
 1979 Freedom Road (TV Movie)
Brother Peter
 1979 I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (TV Movie)
Uncle Willie
 1978 Lawman Without a Gun (TV Movie)
Mr. Smith
 1978 Baretta (TV Series)
Black Dot
- The Snake Chaser (1978) ... Black Dot (as Sonny Jim)
 1974-1977 Sanford and Son (TV Series)
Dan / 'Big Money' Grip Matlock
- The Lucky Streak (1977) ... Dan
- Mama's Baby, Papa's Maybe (1974) ... 'Big Money' Grip Matlock
 1976 Just an Old Sweet Song (TV Movie)
 1976 Good Times (TV Series)
Fred Buchanan
- J.J.'s Fiancée: Part 2 (1976) ... Fred Buchanan
- J.J.'s Fiancée: Part 1 (1976) ... Fred Buchanan
 1973 Five on the Black Hand Side
Sweetmeat (as Sonny Jim)
 1972 If You Give a Dance, You Gotta Pay the Band (TV Movie)
Mr. Sims

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Other Works:

"The Talented Tenth," written by Richard Wesley; directed by Neema Barnette; with Akosua Busia (portraying Tanya); Rony Clanton (portraying Ron); Sonny Jim Gaines (as James E. Gaines) (portraying Sam Griggs); Elain R. Graham (as Elain Graham) (portraying Irene); and Roscoe Orman (portraying Bernard) in the cast; Off-Broadway at... See more »

Alternate Names:

James E. Gaines | Sonny Jim

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