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Overview (4)

Born in New York City, New York, USA
Died in Los Angeles, California, USA  (after surgery)
Nickname Poppy
Height 6' 3" (1.91 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Handsome, leanly built African-American actor who notched up guest appearances in dozens of popular US TV shows, including Mannix (1967), McCloud (1970), Emergency! (1972) and Magnum, P.I. (1980). However, he's better known to cult films fans for his portrayal of character "Matthew Johnson" in the successful blaxploitation films Cleopatra Jones (1973) and the sequel Cleopatra Jones and the Casino of Gold (1975).

Popwell additionally co-starred alongside screen icon Clint Eastwood in five films, starting off as "Wonderful Digby" in Coogan's Bluff (1968). The next four occasions were entries in the highly popular "Dirty Harry" films, firstly as the wounded bank robber at the receiving end of Eastwood's now legendary, "Do you feel lucky, punk?" speech in the opening minutes of Dirty Harry (1971). He was back as a sadistic pimp who murders a greedy call girl with a can of drain cleaner and is later executed by a vigilante motorcycle cop in Magnum Force (1973), and he was still on the wrong side of the law as a "Black Power" activist named "Big Ed" Mustapha in The Enforcer (1976). For his final appearance alongside Eastwood, Popwell was on the right side of Clint for once as a fellow detective in Sudden Impact (1983).

Popwell passed away on April 9, 1999, from complications arising after major surgery.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: firehouse44@hotmail.com

Trivia (5)

Starred in the first four "Dirty Harry" movies with Clint Eastwood. He portrayed four different characters in each of the "Dirty Harry" films. He was the bank robber in Dirty Harry (1971), a pimp in Magnum Force (1973), a black militant leader in The Enforcer (1976) and Harry's partner in Sudden Impact (1983).
Well known as one of the Johnson brothers in Cleopatra Jones (1973) and Cleopatra Jones and the Casino of Gold (1975).
Started off as a professional dancer before pursuing an acting career.
Noted for his always disciplined, professional scene work.
Was originally cast by Dino De Laurentiis as the title role in 'King Kong (1976)', but eventually lost the role to Rick Baker when the suit designed for him by Carlo Rambaldi failed to work properly.

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