Howard E. Rollins Jr. (1950–1996)


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Howard E. Rollins Jr. was born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1950. He was the youngest of four children born to Howard E. Rollins Sr. (steelworker) and Ruth R. Rollins (domestic worker). Rollins graduated from Towson State College, where he studied theater. His first break into acting came when a friend convinced him to try out for a role in "Of Mice ... See full bio »

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Ragtime Coalhouse Walker Jr.
(1981)
In the Heat of the Night Chief of Detectives Virgil Tibbs / Attorney Virgil Tibbs
(1988-1994)
A Soldier's Story Captain Davenport
(1984)
American Playhouse Medgar Evers
(1983)

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 1996 Harambee! (TV Movie)
Chimbuko (as Howard Rollins)
 1996 Remember WENN (TV Series)
George Smith
- The Emperor Smith (1996) ... George Smith
 1995 Drunks
Joseph (as Howard Rollins)
 1995 New York Undercover (TV Series)
Reverend Hundley
- The Smoking Section (1995) ... Reverend Hundley (as Howard Rollins)
 1988-1994 In the Heat of the Night (TV Series)
Chief of Detectives Virgil Tibbs / Attorney Virgil Tibbs
- Conspiracy of One (1994) ... Attorney Virgil Tibbs (as Howard Rollins)
- Good Cop, Bad Cop (1994) ... Attorney Virgil Tibbs (as Howard Rollins)
- Virgil Tibbs: Attorney at Law (1993) ... Attorney Virgil Tibbs (as Howard Rollins)
- A Correct Settling (1993) ... Chief of Detectives Virgil Tibbs (as Howard Rollins, credit only)
- Lake Winahatchie (1993) ... Chief of Detectives Virgil Tibbs (as Howard Rollins, credit only)
 1992 With Murder in Mind (TV Movie)
Samuel Carver (as Howard Rollins)
 1990 On the Block
Clay Beasley (as Howard Rollins)
 1986 Johnnie Mae Gibson: FBI (TV Movie)
T.C. Russell (as Howard Rollins)
 1986 The Children of Times Square (TV Movie)
Otis Travis
 1986 The Boy King (TV Movie)
Martin Luther King Sr.
 1985 Wildside (TV Series)
Bannister Sparks
- Until the Fat Lady Sings (1985) ... Bannister Sparks
- Buffalo Who? (1985) ... Bannister Sparks (as Howard Rollins)
- Don't Keep the Home Fires Burning (1985) ... Bannister Sparks (as Howard Rollins)
- The Crimea of the Century (1985) ... Bannister Sparks (as Howard Rollins)
- Delinquency of a Miner (1985) ... Bannister Sparks (as Howard Rollins)
 1984 The House of Dies Drear (TV Movie)
Walter Small
 1984 He's Fired, She's Hired (TV Movie)
Raoul
 1984 A Soldier's Story
Captain Davenport
 1984 A Doctor's Story (TV Movie)
Dr. Zack Williams
 1984 The House of God
Chuck Johnston
 1983 Moving Right Along (TV Series) (1983)
 1983 American Playhouse (TV Series)
Medgar Evers
- For Us the Living: The Medgar Evers Story (1983) ... Medgar Evers
 1982 The Member of the Wedding (TV Movie)
Honey Camden Brown
 1982 Another World (TV Series)
Ed Harding
- Episode dated 30 July 1982 (1982) ... Ed Harding (as Howard Rollins)
- Episode #1.4498 (1982) ... Ed Harding
 1982 The Neighborhood (TV Movie)
Allen Campbell
 1981 Ragtime
Coalhouse Walker Jr.
 1981 All My Children (TV Series)
F. B. I. Agent (early 1980s)
- Episode #1.2979 (1981) ... F. B. I. Agent (early 1980s)
 1981 Thornwell (TV Movie)
Carson
 1979 My Old Man (TV Movie)
Doctor
 1979 Roots: The Next Generations (TV Mini-Series)
George Haley
- Part VII (1960-1967) (1979) ... George Haley (as Howard Rollins)
 1978 The Trial of the Moke (TV Movie)
James Smith
 1978 King (TV Mini-Series)
Andrew Young
- Episode #1.3 (1978) ... Andrew Young (as Howard Rollins)
- Episode #1.2 (1978) ... Andrew Young (as Howard Rollins)
- Episode #1.1 (1978) ... Andrew Young (as Howard Rollins, credit only)
 1972 Our Street (TV Series)
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Other Works:

"The Mighty Gents," original drama; written by Richard Wesley; incidental music by Peter Link; produced by James Lipton; directed by Harold Scott; with Dorian Harewood (portraying Frankie); Howard E. Rollins Jr. (portraying Braxton); Morgan Freeman (portraying Zeke); Frank Adu (portraying Father); Starletta DuPois (portraying ... See more »

Alternate Names:

Howard Rollins Jr. | Howard E. Rollins | Howard Rollins

Height:

6' (1.83 m)
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Personal Quote:

[on having been offered $40,000 for his starring role in 'A Soldier's Story'] This project is being referred to as 'special, 'unusual', 'different', but when you cut through the bullshit it's because it's a black production. I'm tired of words like 'prestige' and 'dedication'. Sure, we're dedicated. but for no money.

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Screen tested for the role of Lando Calrissian in Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) on October 13, 1978. See more »

Nickname:

Ho Ro

Star Sign:

Libra

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