Julius J. Carry III
Big- and small-screen supporting player Julius J. Carry III specialized in tough, aggressive, street-smart characterizations, typically with a comic edge, and often though not always in urban-oriented material. A Windy City native, Carry debuted with a small turn in the Rudy Ray Moore blaxploitation vehicle Disco Godfather (1979) and also played a ferocious gang leader, The Shogun, in Berry Gordy's ambitious but empty youth picture The Last Dragon (1985). Meanwhile, Carry found his bread and butter by signing for over 100 guest roles on television series including Alice, The A-Team, and The Jeffersons, as well as recurring parts on series including It's a Living (as amiable physician Reggie St. Thomas), Murphy Brown, and Boy Meets World. He also turned up in additional features; big-screen assignments included the role of a CIA agent in the Tom Hanks comedy The Man With One Red Shoe (1985) and a nutty coach in the Richard Pryor vehicle Moving (1988). Carry died of pancreatic cancer at age 56 in the late summer of 2008.