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Morty, please tell me if Cleavon Little ever appeared on Dynasty.  If not, what nighttime shows did he appear on? Thanks,
-Robert Giles



Hi Robert Giles,

Cleavon Little never appeared on "Dynasty." His TV credits include:

As a regular:
"Another World" (1966) as Capt. Hancock
"The David Frost Revue" (1971) 
"Temperatures Rising" (1972) as Dr. Jerry Noland 
"True Colors" (1992) as Ron Freeman 

As a Guest:
"All in the Family" (1971)
"Police Story" (1975) 
"Waltons, The" (1975) 
"Rockford Files, The" (1977) 
"Love Boat, The" (1980) 
"Fantasy Island" (1981) 
"Simon & Simon" (1983) 
"Fall Guy, The" (1983)
"Dear John" (1989)
"MacGyver" (1989) 
"MacGyver" (1991)
"Tales from the Crypt" (1992) 

He died on October 22, 1992 of colon cancer, he was 54 years old.

Since I first wrote this,  Bob Jackson adds this:

"It is probably worthy to note that Cleavon won a Toni Award for his performance (as Purlie, I believe) in the Off Broadway production of Purlie Victorious. Both Melba Moore and Ben Vereen were in the original cast of the production.  I Grew up with Cleavon in San Diego, CA. and we were 'next door neighbors' from 1951 through 1964. Cleavon was regarded as a "Great Young Orator" (San Diego.) Where in his young teens he traveled throughout the city, accepting engagements to recite (by memory) the entire collection of "God's Trombones", by the great James Weldon Johnson. After graduating from San Diego State College (now University) with a degree having to do with Childhood Learning Difficulties, Cleavon was awarded a full scholarship to The Juilliard Institute of the Arts in N.Y. Cleavon was a superior 'classical actor' who had to accept the role of a 'comedian type' because Black Actors (and actresses) were 'blackballed' from the serious roles or roles with content, certainly up through the 1960's. Which you may recall as the pinnacle of the Blaxploitation era. In acknowledgement of his talent and his passion for the classics, Cleavon performed "Shakespeare in the park" - pro-bono for 3 or 4 summers prior to succumbing to the stomach ailment which he died from. (Cleavon had had stomach problems (dating back to the late 50's) - from the demands he put on himself, striving for excellence. Thank you for your time."

And thank you Bob for that insight.  Laurie wrote me in 2003 to add these facts:

His "stomach aliment" was ulcerated colitis which bothered him only on occasion. I can say that he had many "dead beat" friends who had drinking problems, hit him up for money a lot, and, when he was terminally ill, tried to gain his possessions.
 
Thanks again for adding details I didn't know.

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