Monday, February 21, 2011

Heroes Of Blaxploitation: Roger E. Mosley

Day Twenty-One:

Roger E. Mosley (b.1938) started his film career with the gritty Richard Fleischer crime film The New Centurions (1972). He then went on to appear in the Bill Cosby/Robert Culp flick Hickey & Boggs (1972). Roger next appeared in the Blaxploitation films Hit Man (1972) with Bernie Casey & Pam Grier and The Mack (1973).

Soon Roger had a starring role, a dual role even, of his own in Sweet Jesus, Preacher Man (1973). Then there was a role in the Stephanie Rothman-directed exploitation picture Terminal Island (1973) where Mosley appeared alongside his future Magnum co-star, Tom Selleck. He then landed a role in the John Wayne actioner McQ (1974) and also appeared in the wild Darktown Strutters (1975).

Later Mosley showed up in such diverse films as the The River Niger (1976) which was based on the groundbreaking play of the same name, Bob Rafelson's Stay Hungry (1976) as well as the lead in the Blaxploitation film Leadbelly (1976) directed by the great Gordon Parks. Roger followed up that film with another role in the genre with the sequel to Mandingo, Drum (1976).

Roger worked hard for the rest of the 70's appearing on many TV shows and movies, some of which include: The Greatest (1977) where he played Sonny Liston, Big Time (1977), Semi-Tough with Burt Reynolds and the sequel to the landmark mini-series: Roots The Next Generations (1979). He soon landed the role he's most known for: TC in the mega-hit Prime Time series Magnum PI which ran 8 seasons from 1980 to 1988.

Roger E. Mosley has had a steady stream of work throughout his entire career making him one of the lucky ones to escape the genre's demise untouched.


Amanda By Night said...

Roger is my man! What a wonderful actor. I loved that he and Selleck were in Terminal Island together and I LOVED when episode of Magnum would spotlight Roger's character. There is one particular episode he did with Leslie Uggams that is just tremendous.

Great choice!

I got to be near Roger in person once, but didn't have the guts to say anything. I'm so lame. He seemed really nice.

Cinema Du Meep said...

Wow, that's awesome. I'm sure being near him was enough! Seems like he would be a nice, laid back kind of guy.

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