Howard E. Rollins Jr.

Lowest Rated: 57% Drunks (1995)
Birthday: Oct 17, 1950
Birthplace: Not Available
Towson State College graduate Howard E. Rollins Jr. has been a stage leading man since the mid-1970s. The tall, imposing African-American actor earned an Oscar nomination for his portrayal of fiercely proud Coalhouse Walker Jr. in Ragtime (1981). As impressive as his theatre and film resumés are his TV credits, including such roles as Andrew Young in the 1978 miniseries King and George Haley in the 1979 multiparter Roots: The Next Generation. Howard E. Rollins was seen on a more regular basis on the ABC daytime drama Another World (for which he was Emmy-nominated); as explosives expert Bannister Parks on the 1985 "buddy western" series Wildside; and as Virgil Tibbs on the long-running (1988-92) TV adaptation of In the Heat of the Night. He made his final feature film appearance in Drunks (1995), a slice-of-life drama set at an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting. Six weeks before he died on December 8, 1997, the 42-year-old Rollins had been diagnosed with lymphoid. Complications from the disease caused his demise.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Trial of the Moke Actor 2002
57% Drunks Joseph 1995
No Score Yet With Murder in Mind Samuel Carver 1992
No Score Yet On The Block Clay 1991
100% Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam Narrator 1987
No Score Yet Under Cover Actor 1987
No Score Yet Johnnie Mae Gibson: FBI T.C. Russell 1986
No Score Yet The Children of Times Square Otis Travis 1986
90% A Soldier's Story Capt. Davenport 1984
No Score Yet The House of Dies Drear Walter Small 1984
No Score Yet The Member of the Wedding Actor 1983
No Score Yet For Us, the Living: The Story of Medgar Evers Medgar Evers 1983
90% Ragtime Coalhouse Walker Jr. 1981
No Score Yet My Old Man Doctor 1979
No Score Yet King Actor 1978


No Score Yet American Playhouse
Medgar Evers
  • 1983


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