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Woody Strode

Highest Rated:   100% Sergeant Rutledge (1960)
Lowest Rated:   20% Vigilante (1983)
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Birthplace:   Los Angeles, CA, USA
Towering (6'5") black athlete Woody Strode, together with fellow U.C.L.A. All-American Kenny Washington, successfully broke the NFL's "color line" in 1946 when he signed with the L.A. Rams. Strode went on to play with the Canadian Football League, then attracted a TV following as a pro wrestler. Though he'd made an isolated movie appearance in 1941, Strode's film career didn't really take off until the 1950s. At first, little in the way of acting was required; it was enough for him to convey strong, silent dignity in such fleeting roles as the King of Ethiopia in De Mille's The Ten Commandments (1956). Like many other black athletes-turned-actors of the era, Strode was often called upon to play African warriors and tribal chieftains.This he did in a variety of small parts on the 1952 TV series Ramar of the Jungle; as Lothar on an obscure 1954 video version of Mandrake the Magician; and in the 1958 feature film Tarzan's Fight for Life. A close friend of director John Ford, Strode received some of his best acting opportunities in Ford's films of the 1950s and 1960s -- notably Sergeant Rutledge (1960), in which he starred as a black cavalry soldier unjustly charged with rape and murder. He was also well-served in Stanley Kubrick's Spartacus (1960) in the role of Draba, the gladiator who refuses to kill Kirk Douglas in the film's pivotal scene. During the 1960s, Strode was a familiar presence in westerns and actioners filmed in the U.S. and Europe. In 1968, he starred in Black Jesus, an Italian-made roman a clef based on the life of African activist Patrice Lumumba. In 1990, Strode published his candid, life-affirming autobiography Coal Dust. Woody Strode continued acting up until his death at age 80, accepting such prominent roles as the Storyteller in Mario Van Peebles' Posse (1993) and Charlie Moonlight in the Sharon Stone/Gene Hackman western The Quick and the Dead (1995).

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Bad Azz Muthaz: Real Soulja
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet The Italian Connection
  • Actor
2003
No Score Yet The Black Stallion Returns
  • Meslar
2003
56% The Quick and the Dead
  • Charles Moonlight
1995
31% Posse
  • Storyteller
1993
60% Storyville
  • Charlie Sumpter
1992
No Score Yet Super Brother
  • Actor
1990
No Score Yet Bronx Executioner
  • Actor
1989
No Score Yet A Gathering of Old Men (Murder on the Bayou)
  • Yank
1987
No Score Yet Bronx Executioner
  • Actor
1986
38% Lust in the Dust
  • Blackman
1985
75% The Cotton Club
  • Holmes
1984
No Score Yet Jungle Warriors
  • Luther
1984
No Score Yet Ultimo guerriero, L',(The Last Warrior)
  • Sam
1984
20% Vigilante
  • Rake
1983
No Score Yet Real Soulja
  • Actor
1983
No Score Yet Final Executioner
  • Actor
1983
No Score Yet The Violent Breed (Razza violenta)
  • Paolo
1983
No Score Yet Scream
  • Charlie
1983
No Score Yet Invaders of the Lost Gold
  • Actor
1982
No Score Yet Angkor: Cambodia Express
  • Woody
1981
No Score Yet Cuba Crossing
  • Titi
1980
No Score Yet Jaguar Lives!
  • Sensei
1979
No Score Yet Ravagers
  • Brown
1979
No Score Yet Oil
  • Actor
1978
44% Kingdom of the Spiders
  • Walter Colby
1977
No Score Yet Keoma (Django's Great Return) (The Violent Breed)
  • George
1976
No Score Yet The Quest (The Longest Drive)
  • Actor
1976
No Score Yet We Are No Angels (Noi Non Siamo Angeli)
  • Black Bill
1975
No Score Yet Winterhawk
  • Big Rude
1975
No Score Yet Loaded Guns
  • Silvera
1975
No Score Yet Il boss (Wipeout!)
  • Actor
1973
No Score Yet The Italian Connection
  • Frank Webster
1972
No Score Yet The Gatling Gun
  • Runner the Scout
1972
No Score Yet The Revengers
  • Actor
1972
No Score Yet The Last Rebel
  • Actor
1971
No Score Yet Deserter
  • Jackson
1971
No Score Yet Scipione detto anche l'africano (Scipio the African)
  • Massinissa, King of Numidia
1971
No Score Yet Ciakmull - L'uomo della vendetta (Chuck Moll) (The Unholy Four)
  • Woody
1970
No Score Yet Che!
  • Guillermo
1969
No Score Yet Boot Hill
  • Thomas
1969
98% Once Upon a Time in the West
  • Stony
1968
No Score Yet Shalako
  • Chato
1968
No Score Yet Black Jesus (Seduto alla sua destra)
  • Maurice Lalubi
1968
93% The Professionals
  • Jacob Sharp
1966
No Score Yet 7 Women
  • Lean Warrior
1966
No Score Yet Genghis Khan
  • Sengal)
1965
No Score Yet Tarzan's Three Challenges
  • Khan/Dying Leader
1963
93% The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
  • Pompey
1962
No Score Yet Two Rode Together
  • Stone Calf
1961
No Score Yet The Sins Of Rachel Cade
  • Medicine Man
1961
96% Spartacus
  • Draba
1960
100% Sergeant Rutledge
  • Sgt. Braxton Rutledge
1960
No Score Yet The Last Voyage
  • Hank Lawson
1960
No Score Yet Pork Chop Hill
  • Franklin
1959
No Score Yet The Buccaneer
  • Soldier
1958
94% The Ten Commandments
  • King of Ethiopia
1956
No Score Yet Son of Sinbad
  • Guard
1955
80% Demetrius and the Gladiators
  • Gladiator
1954
40% Androcles and the Lion
  • The Lion
1953
No Score Yet Bride of the Gorilla
  • Policeman
1951
No Score Yet No Time for Love
  • Sandhog
1943
No Score Yet Star Spangled Rhythm
  • "Smart As a Tack" Number
1942
No Score Yet Sundown
  • Tribal Policeman
1941

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Batman
1966-1968
  • Grand Mogul

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