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Raymond St. Jacques



One of the most dynamic of the '60s "new wave" of African-American actors, Raymond St. Jacques had originally intended to become a social worker. Thankfully, he did not allow his richly theatrical voice and imposing physique to go to waste, and decided upon an acting career, specializing in Shakespeare. Whenever "at liberty", which was often in the mid '50s, St. Jacques was obliged to take the menial jobs then open to black males; his theatrical career picked up momentum after he underwent training at New York's Actors Studios. His big break was in the ongoing off-Broadway production of Jean Genet's The Blacks, a play that boosted the careers of virtually all the major African-American actors of the early '60s. While roles were still comparatively scarce for non-white performers, St. Jacques did quite well for himself in feature films (Black Like Me [1964], The Pawnbroker [1965], The Green Berets [1967], Cotton Comes to Harlem [1970]) and as a TV guest star. In 1973, St. Jacques produced, directed and starred in The Book of Numbers, a minor but lively film about a pair of black confidence men in the South of the '30s. One of his last assignments was as Frederick Douglass in the 1989 historical drama Glory; his agent was unable to negotiate proper billing, so St. Jacques willingly played the role sans screen credit. Raymond St. Jacques died at age 60 of cancer of the lymph glands.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Neighbors
  • Actor
2003
No Score Yet Timebomb
  • Det. Sanchez
1991
No Score Yet The True Story of Glory Continues
  • Actor
1991
No Score Yet Voodoo Dawn
  • Claude
1990
93% Glory
  • Frederick Douglass
1989
83% They Live
  • Preacher
1988
No Score Yet The Wild Pair
  • Ivory
1987
No Score Yet The Evil That Men Do
  • Randolph
1984
No Score Yet The Sophisticated Gents
  • Actor
1981
No Score Yet Cuba Crossing
  • Bell
1980
No Score Yet The Private Files of J. Edgar Hoover
  • Martin Luther King Jr.
1978
No Score Yet The Baron
  • Actor
1977
No Score Yet Search for the Gods
  • Raymond Stryker
1975
No Score Yet Lost in the Stars
  • John Kumalo
1974
No Score Yet Book of Numbers
  • Blueboy Harris
  • Producer
  • Director
1973
No Score Yet The Final Comedown
  • Imir
1972
No Score Yet Come Back, Charleston Blue
  • Coffin Ed Johnson
1972
No Score Yet Cotton Comes to Harlem
  • Johnson
1970
No Score Yet Up Tight!
  • B. G.
1968
27% The Green Berets
  • Doc McGee
1968
100% Madigan
  • Dr. Taylor
1968
No Score Yet If He Hollers, Let Him Go!
  • James Lake
1968
27% The Comedians
  • Capt. Concasseur
1967
No Score Yet Mister Buddwing
  • Hank
1966
100% The Pawnbroker
  • Tangee
1965
No Score Yet Mister Moses
  • Ubi
1965
No Score Yet Black like Me
  • Actor
1964

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Wonder Woman (1976)
1975-1979
  • Mayfield
No Score Yet Little House on the Prairie
1974-1984
  • Manager L. Moody
No Score Yet MacGyver
1985-1992
  • President Dakra

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