March 7th in African American History – Paul Edward Winfield

Paul Edward WinfieldMarch 7, 2004 Paul Edward Winfield, television, film and stage actor, died.

Winfield was born May 22, 1939 in Los Angeles, California.

Six credits short of a bachelor’s degree, Winfield left UCLA to appear in the stage productions of “The Dutchman” and “The Toilet.” Beginning in 1968, he appeared for several years on the television series “Julia.” His first major role on film was in 1969’s “The Lost Man.”

In 1973, Winfield was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in the 1972 film “Sounder.” In 1978, he was nominated for the Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Special for his portrayal of Martin Luther King, Jr. in the miniseries “King” and in 1979 he was again nominated for that Emmy Award for his role in “Roots: The Next Generations.”

He won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series in 1995 for an appearance in the drama “Picket Fences.” Other films in which Winfield appeared include “Huckleberry Finn” (1974) and “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan” (1982).


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