Moses Gunn

Moses Gunn

Highest Rated: 96% 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
35% 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
92% 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
66% Rollerball Cletus 1975
No Score Yet Cornbread, Earl and Me Benjamin Blackwell 1975
No Score Yet Amazing Grace Welton J. Waters 1974
90% The Iceman Cometh Joe 1973
58% Shaft's Big Score! Bumpy Jonas 1972
64% The Hot Rock Dr. Amusa 1972
No Score Yet Haunts of the Very Rich Seacrist 1972
54% 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
96% Nothing But a Man Mill Hand $9.7K 1963


No Score Yet Good Times
Carl Dixon Florida's Escort 2019
No Score Yet The Contender
91% Homicide: Life on the Street
Risley Tucker 1993
82% Tales from the Crypt
No Score Yet The Cosby Show
Joe Kendall Dr. Lotus 1989
No Score Yet Hill Street Blues
Sloan 1987
No Score Yet Highway to Heaven
Ted Tilley 1985
No Score Yet American Playhouse
Hannibal 1984
No Score Yet Little House on the Prairie
Joe Kegan Joe Kagan 1981
No Score Yet Maude
Rev. Buick 1978
No Score Yet Quincy, M.E.
Ben McDade 1977
88% Roots
Kintago Kintango 1977
No Score Yet The Jeffersons
No Score Yet Kung Fu
Montolla 1973


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Tom Highway says: I'll tell you whats black and bleeding if it don't shut its face.