Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Heroes Of Blaxploitation: Calvin Lockhart

Day Twenty-three:

The great Caribbean born actor Calvin Lockhart (1934-2007) had the distinction of being the first Black actor to play lead roles for the Royal Shakespeare Company. Throughout his career, Calvin tackled all sorts of roles, and won widespread acclaim for many of them. He was a well respected actor as well as a man.

For fans of Black Cinema, he's probably best remembered for a string of Blaxploitation and genre films he made in the 70's...

Halls Of Anger (1970)
Cotton Comes To Harlem (1970)
Melinda (1972)
The African Deal (AKA: Carnal Contact) (1973)

The Beast Must Die (1974)
Honeybaby, Honeybaby (1974)
Uptown Saturday Night (1974)
Let's Do It Again (1975) - Where Calvin played the gangster character "Biggie Smalls" - The inspiration for the Notorious B.I.G.!
The Baron (1977)

Among many of Calvin's other roles (he also appeared in a lot of TV) are films like: The Anthony Mann spy film A Dandy In Aspic (1968), The cult flick Myra Breckinridge (1970), Eddie Murphy's last really satisfying comedy Coming To America (1988), Predator 2 (1990) and David Lynch's Wild At Heart (1990) & Twin Peaks Fire Walk With Me (1992)

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