Paul Winfield

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Paul Winfield
Paul Winfield
Winfield and Mark Slade from the television show The High Chaparral
Birthday/Birthplace Paul Edward Winfield
(1941-05-22)May 22, 1941
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Deceased March 7, 2004(2004-03-07)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Cause of death Heart attack
Resting place Forest Lawn Memorial Park
(Hollywood Hills, California)
Other names Paul E. Winfield
College(s) Manual Arts High School
University of Portland
Stanford University
Los Angeles City College
University of California, Los Angeles
University of Hawaii
University of California, Santa Barbara
Profession(s) Actor
Active Years 1965–2004
Partner(s) Charles Gillan, Jr.
(1972–2002; Gillan’s death)

Paul Winfield’s Biography

Career

Winfield had a varied career in film, television, theater and dubbing taking over at a time when African-American actors had little specific weight. His first great movie was The Lost Man starring Sidney Poitier. Winfield was first known by television audiences when he appeared for several years in front of Diahann Carroll on the television show Julia. Filmed during a high point of racial tensions in the United States, the show was unique and included an African-American as the main character. He was also Martin Luther King in 1978 in the King miniseries.

In 1973, Winfield was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor for the 1972 film Sounder and his co-star in that film, Cicely Tyson , was nominated for the Award of the Academy for the Best Actress. Prior to their nomination, only two other African-American actors Dorothy Dandridge and Sidney Poitier had been nominated for a major role. He appeared in 2003 in the Disney Sounder remake. Winfield played Jim the slave in Huckleberry Finn (1974) which is a musical based on Mark Twain’s novel. Winfield remembers that, when he was a young actor, he played Of Mice and Men in the local repertoire, composed for someone white, since a black actor was unthinkable to play it. Winfield also starred in miniseries, including Roots: The Next Generations, Queen: The Story of an American Family and Scarlett.

The actor won many fans for his brief but memorable role in several TV shows and science fiction movies. He portrayed Captain Clark Terrell, in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and Lieutenant Traxler in the sci-fi thriller The Terminator starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and directed by James Cameron. On the small screen, in Star Trek, he introduces himself as a foreign captain. He also acted in Babylon 5, as General Richard Franklin, the regular father of Dr. Stephen Franklin, in the second season.

Winfield also had roles of gay characters in the movie Mike’s Murder of 1984 and again in 1998 in the movie Relax … ‘s Just Sex.

Winfield found success outside the camera because of his unique voice. He was a voice actor in the Spider-Man cartoon series, The Magic School Bus, Batman Beyond, K10C, and The Simpsons. In his voice recording career, he was perhaps best known as the narrator of the City Confidential series, a role he began in 1998 and continued until his death in 2004.

Throughout his career, Winfield was frequently required by the theater. His only production on Broadway was Checkmates , in 1988, co-starring also Ruby Dee, it was also the Broadway debut of Denzel Washington. He also appeared in productions at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles, and The Shakespeare Theater in Washington DC.

He was nominated for an Emmy Award for his role in King and Roots: The Next Generations. He won an Emmy Award in 1995 for his appearance as Judge Harold Nance on an episode of CBS Picket Fences.

Private life

Winfield was born in Los Angeles, California, the son of Lois Beatrice. His stepfather was Clarence Winfield, a construction worker, who attended the University of Portland, Stanford University, Los Angeles City College and the University of California at Los Angeles. He was openly homosexual in his private life, but he remained discreet before public opinion.

Winfield died of a heart attack in 2004 at the age of 64. His partner for 30 years, the architect Charles Gillan, Jr., died on March 5, 2002 of bone cancer. They were buried in Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills).

More Facts about Paul Winfield

Whole Name Paul Edward Winfield
AKA(s) Paul Winfield, Winfield, Paul
Born/Where Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Born May 22, 1939
Died 2004-03-07
Lived 64 years, 9 month, 16 days
Astrological sign Gemini
What He/She Does Actor
Alma Mater Stanford University
His/Her Height 6′ 1�” (1.87 m)

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