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Leonard Jackson

Leonard Jackson

A native of Jacksonville, Florida, Leonard Jackson's early career was linked with the brief flowering of edgy African-American cinema in the 1970s, with major roles in Bill Gunn's legendary Afro-vampire thriller Ganja & Hess (1972) and in Five on the Black Hand Side (1973). Edwards wrote and played the title role in the crime comedy Super Spook (1975), and appeared in Car Wash (1976) and The Color Purple (1985). He was seen most recently in Julian Schnabel's Basquiat (1996), as the father of the bedeviled painter Jean Michel Basquiat, and in Richard Donner's Conspiracy Theory (1997), co-starring with Mel Gibson and Julia Roberts. His TV work ranges from Kojak in the 1970s to Law & Order in the 1990s. During the 1990-91 TV season he played Henry 'Harry' Cupper on the popular PBS children's series Shining Time Station .

Note: This profile was written in or before 2002.

Leonard Jackson Facts

Birth Name L. Errol Jaye
BirthdayFebruary 7, 1928 (95)
BirthplaceJacksonville, Florida, USA

Selected Filmography

The Ringer
Land of the Lost
What are Little Girls Made Of
Do the Right Thing
Coach Carter
Nancy Drew, Reporter
Eddie Murphy Raw
Black Snake Moan
Mo' Better Blues
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