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Moses Gunn

Highest Rated:   95% Nothing But a Man (1963)
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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

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
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
83% Heartbreak Ridge
  • Sgt. Webster
1986
No Score Yet Certain Fury
  • Dr. Freeman
1985
No Score Yet The Killing Floor
  • Heavy Williams
1985
82% The Neverending Story
  • Cairon
1984
39% Firestarter
  • Doctor Pynchot
1984
No Score Yet The House of Dies Drear
  • Actor
1984
No Score Yet House of Dies Drear
  • Actor
1984
7% Amityville II: The Possession
  • Detective Turner
1982
90% 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
64% Rollerball
  • Cletus
1975
No Score Yet Cornbread, Earl and Me
  • Benjamin Blackwell
1975
No Score Yet Amazing Grace
  • Welton J. Waters
1974
88% The Iceman Cometh
  • Joe
1973
63% The Hot Rock
  • Dr. Amusa
1972
70% Shaft's Big Score!
  • Bumpy Jonas
1972
No Score Yet Haunts of the Very Rich
  • Seacrist
1972
60% Wild Rovers
  • Ben
1971
89% 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
$0.1M 1963

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Little House on the Prairie
1974-1984
  • Joe Kegan Joe Kagan
  • 1981
  • 1979
  • 1978
  • 1977

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