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Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Place of Death
New York, New York, USA
Cause of Death
AIDS related lymphoma
Claim to Fame
Ragtime, In the Heat of the Night
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Howard Ellsworth Rollins, Jr. (October 17, 1950 – December 8, 1996) was an American television, film, and stage actor. The youngest of four children, Rollins was born in Baltimore, Maryland where he studied theater at Towson State College nearby. In 1970, he dropped out of college to play the role of "Slick" in the PBS soap opera Our Street. In 1974, moved to New York where he would go on to appear on Broadway and in television films including Roots: The Next Generations. In 1982, Rollins was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in the Dino De Laurentiis/Miloš Forman motion picture, Ragtime (1981). The following year, he was nominated for an Daytime Emmy for his role on Another World. In 1984, Rollins starred in director Norman Jewison`s film, A Soldier`s Story which led to his role as Virgil Tibbs on the In the Heat of the Night television series based on Jewison`s acclaimed film In the Heat of the Night. In 1988, Rollins was arrested and plead guilty to cocaine possession in Louisiana. In 1993, he served a month in jail for reckless driving and driving under the influence. Because of continued legal problems, Rollins was ultimately dropped from In the Heat of the Night and was replaced by Carl Weathers. After attending drug rehab, he returned to In the Heat of the Night as a guest star. In the last years of his life, appeared on the TV shows New York Undercover and Remember WENN, his final acting role. in the PBS film Harambee!, and in the theatrical film Drunks.
Rollins died on December 8, 1996 from complications from lymphoma. He had been diagnosed with the disease approximately six weeks earlier. On October 25, 2006, a wax statue of Rollins was unveiled at the Senator Theatre in Baltimore. The statue is now at Baltimore`s Great Blacks in Wax Museum.
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Townson State College, MD
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Howard Ellsworth Rollins, Jr
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Howard Ellsworth Rollins, Jr. (October 17, 1950 – December 8, 1996) was an American stage, film and television actor. He was perhaps best known for his portrayal of Coalhouse Walker, Jr. in the 1981 film Ragtime, for which he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor and two Golden Globe Awards. Rollins also had a successful career on television as Virgil Tibbs on the NBC/CBS television series In the Heat of the Night.
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Howard E. Rollins Jr. passed away on 8th Dec 1996 aged 46.
Howard E. Rollins Jr. is a 46 year old American Actor. Born Howard Ellsworth Rollins, Jr on 17th October, 1950 in Baltimore, Maryland, USA, he is famous for Ragtime, In the Heat of the Night in a career that spans 1970–1996. His zodiac sign is Libra.
Howard E. Rollins Jr. was in 2 on-screen matchups, notably with Debbie Allen in Ragtime (1981) and Anne-Marie Johnson in In the Heat of the Night (1988).
Howard E. Rollins Jr. is a member of the following lists:
Male actors from Baltimore, Maryland,
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Male actors from Maryland.
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