Woody Strode (1914–1994)

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An athlete turned actor, Strode was a top-notch decathlete and a football star at UCLA. He became part of Hollywood lore after meeting director John Ford and becoming a part of the Ford "family," appearing in four Ford motion pictures. Strode also played the powerful gladiator who does battle with Kirk Douglas in Spartacus (1960)." See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Spartacus Draba
The Ten Commandments King of Ethiopia


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 1995 The Quick and the Dead
Charlie Moonlight
 1993 Posse
 1992 Storyville
Charlie Sumpter
 1987 A Gathering of Old Men (TV Movie)
 1987 On Fire (TV Movie)
 1984 The Cotton Club
 1984 Lust in the Dust
Blackman, Hard Case Gang
 1984 Jungle Warriors
 1984 The Violent Breed
 1982 Vigilante
 1981 Fantasy Island (TV Series)
 1981 Scream
Charlie Winters
 1980 The Dukes of Hazzard (TV Series)
- The Great Santa Claus Chase (1980) ... Willie
 1980 Cuba Crossing
 1979 Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (TV Series)
Sgt. 'Big Red' MacMurthy
- Return of the Fighting 69th (1979) ... Sgt. 'Big Red' MacMurthy
 1979 Jaguar Lives!
 1979 Ravagers
 1978 Cowboysan (Short)
 1977 Kingdom of the Spiders
Walter Colby
 1977 Martinelli, Outside Man (TV Movie)
Shaker Thompson
 1977 Oil
 1977 How the West Was Won (TV Series)
Arapaho Chief
- Bowie John Christie (1977) ... Arapaho Chief
 1976 The Quest: The Longest Drive (TV Movie)
 1976 The Quest (TV Series)
- The Longest Drive: Part 2 (1976) ... Tucker
- The Longest Drive: Part 1 (1976) ... Tucker
 1976 Keoma
 1975 Winterhawk
Big Rude
 1975 We Are No Angels
Black Bill
 1975 The Manhunter (TV Series)
Ernie Sutton
- Trial by Terror (1975) ... Ernie Sutton
 1975 Loaded Guns
 1973 Key West (TV Movie)
Candy Rhodes
 1972 The Italian Connection
Frank Webster
 1972 The Revengers
 1971 The Last Rebel
 1971 Scipio the African
Massinissa - re di Numidia
 1971 The Gatling Gun
Runner the Scout
 1971 The Devil's Backbone
 1970 Breakout (TV Movie)
Skip Manion
 1970 The Unholy Four
 1969 Boot Hill
Thomas (as Woody Stroode)
 1969 Che!
 1968 Once Upon a Time in the West
Stony - Member of Frank's Gang
 1968 Shalako
 1968 Black Jesus
Maurice Lalubi
 1966-1968 Tarzan (TV Series)
Chaka / Sgt. Marshak / Bangu / ...
- End of a Challenge (1968) ... Bangu
- The Deadly Silence: Part 2 (1966) ... Sgt. Marshak
- The Deadly Silence: Part 1 (1966) ... Sgt. Marshak
 1966 Batman (TV Series)
Grand Mogul
- Marsha's Scheme of Diamonds (1966) ... Grand Mogul
- Marsha, Queen of Diamonds (1966) ... Grand Mogul
 1966 The Professionals
 1966 Daniel Boone (TV Series)
- Goliath (1966) ... Goliath
 1966 7 Women
Lean Warrior
 1965 Genghis Khan
 1964 The Farmer's Daughter (TV Series)
- My Son, the Athlete (1964) ... Instructor
 1964 The Lieutenant (TV Series)
Sgt. Logan Holt
- To Set It Right (1964) ... Sgt. Logan Holt
 1963 Tarzan's Three Challenges
Khan / Dying Leader
 1961 Two Rode Together
Stone Calf
 1961 Rawhide (TV Series)
Binnaburra / Corporal Gabe Washington
- Incident of the Boomerang (1961) ... Binnaburra
- Incident of the Buffalo Soldier (1961) ... Corporal Gabe Washington
 1961 The Sins of Rachel Cade
 1960 Spartacus
 1960 Sergeant Rutledge
1st Sgt. Braxton Rutledge
 1960 The Last Voyage
Hank Lawson
 1960 The Man from Blackhawk (TV Series)
- The Savage (1960) ... Tego
 1959 Pork Chop Hill
Pvt. Franklin
 1958 The Buccaneer
Toro (as Woodrow Strode)
 1956 The Ten Commandments
King of Ethiopia (as Woodrow Strode)
 1956 Private Secretary (TV Series)
 1955 Jungle Jim (TV Series)
- The Leopard's Paw (1955) ... Zanguma
 1955 Buruuba
 1955 Soldiers of Fortune (TV Series)
- Drums of Far Island (1955) ... Gulio
 1955 Son of Sinbad
Palace Guard (uncredited)
 1954 Mandrake the Magician (TV Short)
 1954 The Silver Chalice
Moor (uncredited)
 1954 Jungle Gents
Malaka (uncredited)
 1954 Jungle Man-Eaters
One of Native Escorts to Biplane (uncredited)
 1954 Demetrius and the Gladiators
Gladiator (uncredited)
 1953 Ramar of the Jungle (TV Series)
Chief Naruma / Big Boy / Na-Hoo
- King of the Watus (1953) ... Chief Naruma (as Woodrow Strode)
- Thunder Over Sangoland (1953) ... Big Boy (as Woodrow Strode)
- Voice of the Past (1953) ... Na-Hoo (as Woodrow Strode)
 1953 The Royal African Rifles
 1953 City Beneath the Sea
 1952 Androcles and the Lion
The Lion
 1952 Caribbean
Esau, MacAllister Guard
 1952 Dangerous Assignment (TV Series)
- The Pat and Mike Story (1952) ... Mongo (as Woodrow Strode)
 1952 African Treasure
Mailman (uncredited)
 1951 Bride of the Gorilla
Nedo - Policeman
 1951 The Lion Hunters
Walu (as Woodrow Strode)
 1943 No Time for Love
Black Sandhog (uncredited)
 1942 Star Spangled Rhythm
Woodrow - Rochester's Motorcycle Chauffeur (uncredited)
 1941 Sundown
Tribal Policeman (uncredited)
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"Goal Dust" (autobiography)

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Alternate Names:

Woodrow Strode | Woody Stroode


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Was a close friend of John Ford from the early 1960s until Ford's death, with Ford having preferred Strode's company over most other actors when the director became ill from cancer. Somewhat controversially, Ford usually waved off claims his films were racist by saying things like, "But my best friend Woody Strode is black." See more »


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