Rafer Johnson

Rafer Johnson

  • Highest Rated: 77% Licence To Kill (1989)
  • Lowest Rated: 50% Wild in the Country (1961)
  • Birthday: Aug 18, 1935
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • African American athlete Rafer Johnson was but a few years out of UCLA when he distinguished himself at the 1960 Olympics, scoring 8,392 points in the Olympic Decathalon. A film career followed posthaste, first in flicks like Elvis' Wild in the Country (1961), then in outdoor adventures like Pirates of Tortuga (1961) and None But the Brave (1965). Because truly good roles for black performers were still hard to come by in the mid-1960s, Rafer occasionally had to accept demeaning "fierce native" assignments in films like Tarzan and the Great River (1967). He was also a semi-regular on the "blaxploitation" film scene of the 1970s, acting as producer of 1974's Buck Six. In 1979, Rafer Johnson enjoyed a more dignified role in the TV miniseries Roots: The Next Generation.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

No Score Yet Think Big Johnson 1990
77% Licence To Kill Mullens 1989
No Score Yet The Loneliest Runner Actor 1976
No Score Yet The Games Commentator 1970
No Score Yet Buffalo Soldier Pvt. Armstrong 1970
No Score Yet The Last Grenade Joe Jackson 1970
No Score Yet Tarzan and the Jungle Boy Nagambi 1968
No Score Yet Tarzan and the Great River Chief Barcuna 1967
No Score Yet None But the Brave Pvt. Johnson 1965
No Score Yet A Global Affair Nigerian Representative 1964
50% Wild in the Country Davis 1961
No Score Yet The Sins Of Rachel Cade Kosongo 1961
No Score Yet Pirates of Tortuga John Gammel 1961

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet Quincy, M.E.
1976-1983
Ezra Glidden
  • 1981
No Score Yet Mission: Impossible
1966-1973
Jack Tully
  • 1970

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