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Moses Gunn

Moses Gunn (October 2, 1929 – December 16, 1993) was an African American actor.

A formidable Obie-winning stage player, he co-founded the Negro Ensemble Company in the 1960s. His 1962 Broadway debut was in Jean Genet's The Blacks. He was nominated for a 1976 Tony Award as Best Actor (Play) for The Poison Tree.

Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Gunn is best-remembered for his portrayal of mobster Bumpy Jonas in the first two Shaft movies, and for his brief role of Booker T. Washington in the 1981 movie Ragtime, a performance which won him an NAACP Image award. He was nominated for an Emmy Award in 1977 for his role in the TV mini-series Roots. He also costarred with Avery Brooks on the TV series A Man Called Hawk. Gunn also appeared in a multi-episode story arc as atheist shop owner Carl Dixon on the sitcom Good Times.

He died from the complications of asthma in Guilford, Connecticut in 1993.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2006.

Moses Gunn Facts

BirthdayOctober 2, 1929
BirthplaceSt. Louis, Missouri, USA
Date of deathDecember 16, 1993 (Guilford, Connecticut, USA, age 64)

Selected Filmography

The Neverending Story
Odd Brodsky
Heartbreak Ridge
Ep 2
Ep 14
4-Movie Midnight Marathon Pack: Psychos
Ep 38
Ep 64
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