Moses Gunn

Highest Rated: 95% Nothing But a Man (1963)
Lowest Rated: 9% Leonard Part 6 (1987)
Birthday: Oct 2, 1929
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Dynamic African-American actor Moses Gunn was one of the founders of the Negro Ensemble Company. Educated at Tennessee State and the University of Kansas, Gunn made his first New York appearance in a 1961 production of Measure for Measure; he remained active on the off-Broadway scene throughout his career, winning several Obie awards. His 1962 Broadway debut came by way of Jean Genet's The Blacks, which served to introduce many of the powerful black acting talents of the era. In films dating from 1964's Nothing But a Man, Gunn is best-remembered for his portrayal of gangster Bumpy Jonas in the first two Shaft films, and for his brief but telling cameo as Booker T. Washington in Ragtime, a performance which won him an NAACP Image award. On series television, Gunn was top-billed as Jebediah Nightlinger in The Cowboys (1972), played boxing trainer George Beifus in The Contender (1980), was featured as miner Moses Gage in Father Murphy (1981-84) and chewed the scenery as the epigrammatical "Old Man" in A Man Called Hawk (1989). He also played Carl Dixon, the man who married Florida Evans (Esther Rolle) after a whirlwind courtship during the 1976-77 season of Good Times. In 1977, Moses Gunn received an Emmy nomination for his appearance as tribal chieftain Kintango in the groundbreaking miniseries Roots.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Dixie Lanes Actor 2005
No Score Yet Dixie Lanes Popinjay 2004
No Score Yet Memphis Tio Wiggins 1991
No Score Yet Perfect Harmony Zeke, the Caretaker 1991
No Score Yet Brother Future Actor 1991
No Score Yet The Women of Brewster Place Ben 1989
9% Leonard Part 6 Giorgio 1987
No Score Yet Bates Motel Henry Watson 1987
79% Heartbreak Ridge Sgt. Webster 1986
No Score Yet Certain Fury Dr. Freeman 1985
No Score Yet The Killing Floor Heavy Williams 1985
80% The Neverending Story Cairon 1984
36% Firestarter Doctor Pynchot 1984
No Score Yet Den Oändliga Historien - Klassiker Cairon 1984
No Score Yet The House of Dies Drear Actor 1984
No Score Yet House of Dies Drear Actor 1984
11% Amityville II: The Possession Detective Turner 1982
91% Ragtime Booker T. Washington 1981
75% The Ninth Configuration (Twinkle, Twinkle, Killer Kane) Nummack 1980
75% Remember My Name Pike 1978
No Score Yet Law of the Land Actor 1976
No Score Yet Aaron Loves Angela Ike 1975
68% Rollerball Cletus 1975
No Score Yet Cornbread, Earl and Me Benjamin Blackwell 1975
No Score Yet Amazing Grace Welton J. Waters 1974
89% The Iceman Cometh Joe 1973
64% Shaft's Big Score! Bumpy Jonas 1972
67% The Hot Rock Dr. Amusa 1972
No Score Yet Haunts of the Very Rich Seacrist 1972
50% Wild Rovers Ben 1971
88% Shaft Bumpy Jonas 1971
43% The Great White Hope Scipio 1970
No Score Yet WUSA Clotho 1970
No Score Yet Carter's Army Pvt. Doc Hayes 1970
No Score Yet Black Brigade Doc 1969
No Score Yet What's So Bad About Feeling Good? Actor 1968
95% Nothing But a Man Mill Hand $9.7K 1963


No Score Yet The Contender
  • 2018
91% Homicide: Life on the Street
Risley Tucker
  • 1993
82% Tales from the Crypt
  • 1990
No Score Yet The Cosby Show
Joe Kendall Dr. Lotus
  • 1989
No Score Yet Hill Street Blues
  • 1987
No Score Yet Highway to Heaven
Ted Tilley
  • 1985
No Score Yet American Playhouse
  • 1984
No Score Yet Little House on the Prairie
Joe Kegan Joe Kagan
  • 1981
  • 1979
  • 1978
  • 1977
No Score Yet Maude
Rev. Buick
  • 1978
  • 1973
No Score Yet Good Times
Carl Dixon Florida's Escort
  • 1977
No Score Yet Quincy, M.E.
Ben McDade
  • 1977
86% Roots
Kintago Kintango
  • 1977
No Score Yet The Jeffersons
  • 1975
No Score Yet Kung Fu
  • 1973