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Ron O'Neal (I) (1937–2004)


Tall, lean, handsome veteran stage and classically trained actor, best known for his iconic role as Youngblood Priest - the long haired, stylishly dressed cocaine dealer who wants to make one last big score so he can retire from the cocaine business, in the seminal 1972 crime drama Super Fly. Son of a jazz musician who worked as a factory worker ... See full bio »

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Known For

Red Dawn Bella
(1984)
Super Fly Priest
(1972)
(1973)
The Final Countdown Cdr. Dan Thurman
(1980)

Filmography

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 2002 On the Edge
Frank Harris
 2001 The Rage Within
Captain Lang
 1999 The Wayans Bros. (TV Series)
Sergeant Scully
- Saving Private Marlon (1999) ... Sergeant Scully
 1997 Sparks (TV Series)
Arthur Fairchild
- Roots III (1997) ... Arthur Fairchild
 1997 Living Single (TV Series)
Clinton James
- Never Can Say Goodbye (1997) ... Clinton James
- One Degree of Separation (1997) ... Clinton James
 1996 Original Gangstas
Bubba
 1995 Murder Was the Case: The Movie (Video short)
Super Fly (segment "Doggy Dogg World")
 1994 Puppet Master 5 (Video)
Dectective
 1994 Snoop Doggy Dogg: Doggy Dogg World (Video short)
Supa Fly
 1993 The Sinbad Show (TV Series)
Superfly
- David's Van (1993) ... Superfly
 1992 The Boys (TV Movie)
Uncle John
 1988-1992 A Different World (TV Series)
Mercer Gilbert / Quentin
- Save the Best for Last: Part 2 (1992) ... Mercer Gilbert
- Save the Best for Last: Part 1 (1992) ... Mercer Gilbert
- Do You Take This Woman? (1991) ... Mercer Gilbert
- Whitley's Last Supper (1990) ... Mercer Gilbert
- The Prime of Miss Lettie Bostic (1988) ... Quentin
 1991 Up Against the Wall
George Wilkes
 1990 Hammer, Slammer, & Slade (TV Movie)
Ray Samuels
 1989 1st & Ten: The Championship (TV Series)
Mr. Byron
- Mind Games (1989) ... Mr. Byron
 1989 Trained to Kill
George 'Cotton' Shorter
 1989 Hyper Space
Samuel 'Tubbs' Tubarian
 1988 Death House
Tom Boyle
 1988 Murder, She Wrote (TV Series)
Sgt. Joe Santiago
- J.B.. as in Jailbird (1988) ... Sgt. Joe Santiago
 1988 Mathnet (TV Series)
Sgt. Bill Dietrich
- The Case of the Missing Air (1988) ... Sgt. Bill Dietrich
- The Case of the Great Car Robbery (1988) ... Sgt. Bill Dietrich
 1988 Square One Television (TV Series)
Sgt. Bill Dietrich
- Episode #2.6 (1988) ... Sgt. Bill Dietrich
 1988 Hero and the Terror
Mayor
 1988 Mercenary Fighters
Cliff Taylor (as Ron O'Neil)
 1987 Frank's Place (TV Series)
Ozell Dryer
- Frank Joins the Club (1987) ... Ozell Dryer
 1987 Beauty and the Beast (TV Series)
Issac Stubbs
- Once Upon a Time (1987) ... Issac Stubbs
 1986 The Equalizer (TV Series)
Lt. Isadore Smalls
- Nightscape (1986) ... Lt. Isadore Smalls
- Joyride (1986) ... Lt. Isadore Smalls
- Nocturne (1986) ... Lt. Isadore Smalls
- Pretenders (1986) ... Lt. Isadore Smalls
- Unnatural Causes (1986) ... Lt. Isadore Smalls
 1985-1986 Hill Street Blues (TV Series)
Stan Williams / Pete
- Bald Ambition (1986) ... Stan Williams
- Look Homeward, Ninja (1986) ... Stan Williams
- El Capitan (1985) ... Pete
 1986 As Summers Die (TV Movie)
Daniel Backus
 1985 North Beach and Rawhide (TV Movie)
Kyle Weston
 1985 North and South (TV Series)
William Still
- Episode #1.4 (1985) ... William Still (uncredited)
 1985 Knight Rider (TV Series)
Charles Zurich
- Sky Knight (1985) ... Charles Zurich
 1985 Playing with Fire (TV Movie)
Steve Phillips
 1985 Crazy Like a Fox (TV Series)
- Fox and Hounds (1985)
 1984 Remington Steele (TV Series)
Gabe Putnam
- Lofty Steele (1984) ... Gabe Putnam
 1984 Red Dawn
Bella
 1982-1983 Bring 'Em Back Alive (TV Series)
H.H., the Sultan of Johore / H.H.
- The Hostage (1983) ... H.H., the Sultan of Johore
- Bones of Contention (1983) ... H.H., the Sultan of Johore
- To Kill a Princess (1983) ... H.H., the Sultan of Johore
- The Best of Enemies (1982) ... H.H., the Sultan of Johore
- Escape from Kampoon (1982) ... H.H., the Sultan of Johore
 1982 Shannon (TV Series)
Bunky James
- Favor for an Enemy (1982) ... Bunky James
 1982 The Greatest American Hero (TV Series)
Colonel
- A Chicken in Every Plot (1982) ... Colonel (as Ron O'Neil)
 1981 The Sophisticated Gents (TV Series)
Clarence 'Claire' Henderson
- Episode #1.3 (1981) ... Clarence 'Claire' Henderson
- Episode #1.2 (1981) ... Clarence 'Claire' Henderson
- Episode #1.1 (1981) ... Clarence 'Claire' Henderson
 1981 St. Helens
Otis Kaylor
 1980 The Righteous Apples (TV Series)
Rev. Robinson
- A Dream Fulfilled (1980) ... Rev. Robinson (as Ron O'Neil)
 1980 The Final Countdown
Cdr. Dan Thurman
 1980 Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones (TV Movie)
Col. Robles
 1980 Brave New World (TV Movie)
Mustapha Mond
 1979 Freedom Road (TV Movie)
Francis Cardoza
 1979 When a Stranger Calls
Lt. Charlie Garber
 1979 A Force of One
Rollins
 1979 The Hitter
Otis
 1977 Brothers
Walter Nance
 1975 The Master Gunfighter
Paulo
 1975 Hot L Baltimore (TV Series)
Mojo Thompson
- Bingham's Con (1975) ... Mojo Thompson
 1973 Super Fly T.N.T.
Priest
 1972 Super Fly
Priest
 1971 The Organization
Joe Peralez
 1970 Move
Peter
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Music video: Appeared in Snoop Dogg's video "Doggy Dogg World" (1994). See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Biographical Movie | 1 Interview | 2 Articles | 1 Pictorial | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

Alternate Names:

Ron O'Neil
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

Frankly, I've not been pleased with most of what I've had to do. I have a considerable amount of experience, and what they've asked me to do has not demanded that much of me. See more »

Trivia:

Had a superb singing voice and loved to sing opera. See more »

Star Sign:

Virgo

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