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Malcolm X actor Albert Freeman Jr. dies at 78




Albert Freeman Jr., the Emmy-winning actor best known for playing Elijah Muhammad in Spike Lee's epic film, Malcolm X, has died. He was 78.
Howard University in Washington, D.C., confirmed his death on Friday night but details weren't immediately available. 
Freeman taught acting there for years and served as chairman and artistic director of its theater arts department.
Rest in peace: Albert Freeman Jr., the Emmy-winning actor best known for playing Elijah Muhammad in Spike Lee's epic film, Malcolm X, died on Friday
Rest in peace: Albert Freeman Jr., the Emmy-winning actor best known for playing Elijah Muhammad in Spike Lee's epic film, Malcolm X, died on Friday
'He was a brilliant professor, a renowned actor and a master director who made his mark in the classroom as well as on stage, screen and television...He has mentored and taught scores of outstanding actors. He was a resounding voice of Howard and will be missed,' universityspokeswoman Kerry-Ann Hamilton said in a statement.
The renowned thespian also appeared in films such as My Sweet Charlie and Finian's Rainbow, and television series such as The Cosby Show, Law & Order, Homicide: Life on the Street, and The Edge of Night.
Renowned thespian: The 78-year-old appeared in films My Sweet Charlie and Finian's Rainbow, and TV series such as The Cosby Show and Law & Order
Renowned thespian: The 78-year-old appeared in films My Sweet Charlie and Finian's Rainbow, and TV series such as The Cosby Show and Law & Order
Freeman earned an NAACP Image Award for playing Malcolm X's mentor in Lee's 1992 biography.
He also received an Emmy nomination for his role as Malcolm X in the 1979 miniseries Roots: The Next Generations. He won a best-actor Daytime Emmy that year for his work as Capt. Ed Hall, a role he played for over 15 years on the ABC soap opera One Life to Live.
Freeman was the first African-American actor to earn the award as well as the first to direct a soap opera.
He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Sevara Clemon.
Our condolences: Freeman, seen here with Alfre Woodard in Down in the Delta, worked on the ABC soap opera One Life to Live for over 15 years
Our condolences: Freeman, seen here with Alfre Woodard in Down in the Delta, worked on the ABC soap opera One Life to Live for over 15 years

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