Friday, February 11, 2011

Heroes Of Blaxploitation: Richard Lawson

Day Eleven:

Richard Lawson (b.1947) had the distinction of his early career of being front loaded with roles in Blaxploitation, but then quickly going on to a career in Television and other types of films.

Lawson's memorable appearances in the world of Blaxploitation include: Scream, Blacula Scream (1973) the drama Fox Style (1973), a starring role of his own in Black Fist (AKA: Bogard) (1974) and my favorite of the bunch, the Zombie-Blaxploitation hybrid, Sugar Hill (1974) alongside frequent Blaxploitation star and hottie Marki Bey.

Lawson looking dyn-no-mite in Sugar Hill


Early on Lawson appeared on episodes of The Shaft TV series (1973), Kojak (1973), Get Christie Love! (1974) and The Streets Of San Francisco (1975) among many other roles before going on to parts in such high caliber films like Coming Home (1978), Poltergeist (1982) (as the nerdy black paranormal scientist, of course), Streets Of Fire (1984) and Stick (1985). He's also had a successful stage career as well with nominations for such great shows like Streamers.

Richard Lawson has since been working steadily in soaps, episodic television and films (he recently appeared in For Colored Girls) while also working as a master scene study teacher at the Beverly Hills Playhouse as well as his own acting studio. He's a hard working actor who's often better than the meager roles he's given.


Andrew Green said...

Damn, that's one smoooove brotha.

Bleaux Leaux said...

Funny, I was just watching Poltergeist the other night. Love this series of posts.

Cinema Du Meep said...

Andrew--- Totally.

Bleaux-- Thanks!

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