A great actor who's been nominated for an Oscar three times. I first remember seeing him in Lean On Me, where he portrayed Joe Clark, a fiery principal of an inner city school. He followed this with a stirring performance in Glory, the story of the first Black regiment to fight for the North in the Civil War.

My favorite performance was his portrayal of Red in The Shawshank Redemption, which starred Tim Robbins.

Some of you may, or may not, remember him from The Electric Company. It was a bit before my time, but reruns were shown on PBS in the 80's (when I was a kid), so I do remember him, vaguely, though I could be implanting him in that memory.

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