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  • DS0816
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    RIP: Al Freeman Jr.
    March 21, 1934–August 9, 2012 

    Al Freeman Jr.the splendid character actor who won ABC’s One Life to Live‘s first-ever acting Emmy (best actor in 1979) for playing Ed Halldied Thursday [Aug. 9] at age 78.

    In 1970, Freeman was nominated for a lead-actor Emmy, in primetime, opposite leading lady winner Patty Duke in NBC’s groundbreaking My Sweet Charlie.

    I recall, back in 1992, that one or both of film critics Gene Siskel (1946–1999) and/or Roger Ebert, hosts of their syndicated Siskel & Ebert & the Movies, had suggested Freeman for an Oscar nomination for his supporting role in Spike Lee’s Malcolm X

    Here is a report on the death of this terrific actor…        

    Pioneering actor Al Freeman Jr. dies, aged 78

    @ http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/sns-rt-us-usa-alfreeman-obitbre87a01v-20120810,0,1362324.story

    (Reuters)Actor Al Freeman Jr., perhaps best known for his portrayal of Nation of Islam leader Elijah Muhammad in Spike Lee’s 1992 film Malcolm X, has died, Howard University said on Friday.

     

    “It is with tremendous sadness that the passing of our beloved Professor Al Freeman, Jr. is confirmed,” Kim James Bey, chair of the university’s theater department said in a statement. Freeman was a faculty member at the university.

     

    She gave no details about the death of Freeman, who was 78 and taught acting at the Washington-based university, but said a statement would be issued later.

     

    Freeman’s long career in film, television and theater included an enduring role playing police Captain Ed Hall on the TV soap opera One Life to Live from 1972 through 1987.

     

    He was credited with being the first African American to win a Daytime Emmy Award for outstanding lead actor for his work on the soap opera, a prize he was awarded in 1979.

     

    Freeman’s theater credits included a starring role on Broadway in James Baldwin’s Blues for Mister Charlie in 1964.

     

    (Reporting By Tom Brown; editing by Todd Eastham)

      

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    Berlin2002
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    One of the top 10 actors in all of daytime has passed…My sweet Al, go dream with the angels.

    God bless.

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    Boidiva02
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    WOW! Berlin2002 is posting! I could have sworne he had decided not to post around here anymore… Don’t I remember a post from him sometime back where he said he wouldn’t be posting anymore?   In any case I’m glad to have him back. He’s long been one of my favorite Goldderby posters.

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    Linda L. Tatum
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    The Great talented and gifted Darnell Williams followed him and became the 2nd African American actor to win Daytime Emmy award for outstanding Lead Actor for his role as Jesse Hubbard on All My Children.

    Al Freeman Jr. paved the way for Darnell Williams to follow him.  What a loss.  He was brilliant on One Life To Live, just another one of Agnes Nixon’s creations of historical value.

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