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Paul Edward Winfield (May 22, 1939[1] – March 7, 2004) was an American television, film and stage actor. He was known for his portrayal of a Louisiana
sharecropper who struggles to support his family during the Great Depression
Great Depression
in the landmark film Sounder, which earned him an Academy Award
Academy Award
nomination. He portrayed Martin Luther King, Jr. in the 1978 television miniseries King, for which he was nominated for an Emmy Award. Winfield was also known for his roles in The Terminator, Star Trek
Star Trek
II: The Wrath of Khan, and Star Trek: The Next Generation. He received five Emmy nominations overall, winning for his 1994 guest role in Picket Fences.


1 Early years 2 Career 3 Personal life and death 4 Selected filmography 5 Awards and nominations 6 References 7 External links

Early years[edit] Winfield was born in Los Angeles, California, to Lois Beatrice Edwards, a union organizer in the garment industry. His stepfather from the age of eight was Clarence Winfield, a city trash collector and construction worker.[2][3] He graduated from Manual Arts High School in Los Angeles. From there, he attended the University of Portland, 1957–59; Stanford University, 1959; Los Angeles
Los Angeles
City College, 1959–63; University of California, Los Angeles, 1962–64; University of Hawaii, 1965 and the University of California, Santa Barbara, 1970-71.[4] Career[edit] A life member of The Actors Studio,[5] Winfield carved out a diverse career in film, television, theater and voiceovers by taking groundbreaking roles at a time when black actors were rarely cast. He first appeared in the 1965 Perry Mason
Perry Mason
episode, "The Case of the Runaway Racer," as Mitch, a race car mechanic. His first major feature film role was in the 1969 film The Lost Man
The Lost Man
starring Sidney Poitier. Winfield first became well-known to television audiences when he appeared for several years opposite Diahann Carroll
Diahann Carroll
on the groundbreaking television series Julia. Filmed during a high point of racial tensions in the United States, the show was unique in featuring a black female as the central character. He also starred as Martin Luther King, Jr. in the 1978 miniseries King. In 1973, Winfield was nominated for the Academy Award
Academy Award
for Best Actor for the 1972 film Sounder,[6] and his co-star in that film, Cicely Tyson, was nominated for Best Actress. Prior to their nominations, and Diana Ross
Diana Ross
for Lady Sings the Blues the same year with Winfield and Tyson, only three other black Americans – Dorothy Dandridge, Sidney Poitier and James Earl Jones
James Earl Jones
– had ever been nominated for a leading role. He also appeared, in a different role, in the 2003 Disney-produced television remake of Sounder, which was directed by Kevin Hooks, his co-star from the original. Winfield played the part of “Jim the Slave” in Huckleberry Finn (1974) which was a musical based on the novel by Mark Twain. Winfield would recall late in his career that as a young actor he had played one of the two leads in Of Mice and Men in local repertory, made up in whiteface, since a black actor playing it would have been unthinkable. Winfield also starred in miniseries, including Scarlett, and two based on the works of novelist Alex Haley: Roots: The Next Generations and Queen: The Story of an American Family. Winfield gained a new segment of fans for his brief but memorable roles in several science fiction television series and movies. He portrayed Starfleet Captain Clark Terrell of the USS Reliant, an unwilling minion of Khan Noonien Singh, in Star Trek
Star Trek
II: The Wrath of Khan and Lieutenant Ed Traxler, a friendly but crusty cop partnered with Lance Henriksen
Lance Henriksen
in The Terminator
The Terminator
starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. In 1996, he was part of the 'name' ensemble cast in Tim Burton's comic homage to 1950s science fiction Mars Attacks!, playing the complacently self-satisfied Lt. General Casey. On the small screen Star Trek
Star Trek
franchise, he appeared as an alien captain who communicates in metaphor in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "Darmok". He also appeared in the second season Babylon 5 episode "Gropos" as General Richard Franklin, the father of regular character Dr. Stephen Franklin, and on the fairy tale sitcom The Charmings as The Evil Queen's wise-cracking Magic Mirror. He also portrayed the character of Julian Barlow in the television series 227 during its last two seasons. Winfield also took on roles as homosexual characters in the films Mike's Murder
Mike's Murder
in 1984 and again in 1998 in the film Relax...It's Just Sex. He found success off-camera due to his unique voice. He provided voices on the cartoons Spider-Man, The Magic School Bus, Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child, Batman Beyond, Gargoyles, K10C, and The Simpsons, on the latter voicing the Don King parody Lucius Sweet. In his voiceover career, he is perhaps best known as the narrator for the A&E true crime series City Confidential, a role he began in 1998 and continued with until his death in 2004. Throughout his career, Winfield frequently managed to perform in the theater. His only Broadway production, Checkmates, in 1988, co-starring Ruby Dee, was also the Broadway debut of Denzel Washington. He also appeared in productions at the Mark Taper Forum
Mark Taper Forum
in Los Angeles, and The Shakespeare Theatre
The Shakespeare Theatre
in Washington, D.C.
Washington, D.C.
Winfield was nominated for an Emmy Award
Emmy Award
for his performances in King and Roots: The Next Generations. He won an Emmy Award, in 1995, for Outstanding Guest Actor
in a Drama Series, for his appearance as Judge Harold Nance in an episode of the CBS
drama Picket Fences. Personal life and death[edit] Winfield was gay, but remained discreet about it in the public eye.[7] His partner of 30 years, architect Charles Gillan Jr., died on March 5, 2002, of bone cancer. Winfield long battled obesity and diabetes. He died of a heart attack in 2004 at age 64, at Queen
of Angels – Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center
Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center
in Los Angeles.[1] Winfield and Gillan are interred together at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Los Angeles.[8] Selected filmography[edit]


Year Film Role Notes

1967 The Perils of Pauline African Servant Uncredited

1967 Who's Minding the Mint? Garbage man Uncredited

1969 The Lost Man Orville Turner

1970 R. P. M. Steve Dempsey

1971 Brother John Henry Birkart

1972 Sounder Nathan Lee Morgan

1972 Trouble Man Chalky Price

1973 Gordon's War Gordon Hudson

1974 Conrack Mad Billy

1974 Huckleberry Finn Jim

1975 Hustle Sergeant Louis Belgrave

1976 High Velocity Watson

1977 Green Eyes Lloyd Dubeck

1977 Twilight's Last Gleaming Willis Powell

1977 The Greatest Lawyer

1977 Damnation Alley Keegan

1978 A Hero Ain't Nothin' but a Sandwich Butler

1981 Carbon Copy Bob Garvey

1982 Star Trek
Star Trek
II: The Wrath of Khan Captain Clark Terrell

1982 White Dog Keys

1983 On the Run Harry

1984 Mike's Murder Philip

1984 The Terminator Lt. Ed Traxler

1986 Blue City Luther Reynolds

1987 Death Before Dishonor Ambassador

1987 Big Shots Johnnie Red

1988 The Serpent and the Rainbow Lucien Celine

1990 Presumed Innocent Judge Larren Lyttle

1993 Cliffhanger Walter Wright

1993 Dennis the Menace Chief of Police

1994 The Killing Jar Judge Alternative title: Trapped

1995 In the Kingdom of the Blind, the Man with One Eye Is King Papa Joe

1995 In the Flesh William Stone

1996 Original Gangstas Reverend Dorsey Alternative title: Hot City

1996 Mars Attacks! Lt. General Casey

1996 Dead of Night Vernon

1996 The Legend of Gator Face Bob

1997 Strategic Command Rowan

1998 Relax...It's Just Sex Auntie Mahalia

1998 Assignment Berlin Al Spector

1999 Catfish in Black Bean Sauce Harold Williams

2000 Knockout Ron Regent

2001 Vegas, City of Dreams Edgar Jones

2002 Second to Die Detective Grady


Year Title Role Notes

1965 Perry Mason Mitch 1 episode

1966 The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Military M.P. Episode: "The Minus x Affair"

1966 Daktari Roy Kimba 2 episodes

1967 Cowboy in Africa Kabutu 1 episode

1968 Death Valley Days Bart 1 episode

1968 Mission: Impossible Klaus 1 episode

1969 Mannix Walter Lucas 1 episode 1969

High Chaparral Graham Jessup 1 episode 1969 1969–1970

Julia Paul Cameron 4 episodes

1970 The Young Rebels Pompey 1 episode

1973 The Horror at 37,000 Feet Dr. Enkalla Television movie

1974 It's Good to Be Alive Roy Campanella Television movie

1977 Green Eyes Lloyd Dubeck Television movie

1978 King Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Miniseries

1979 Backstairs at the White House Emmett Rogers Sr. Miniseries

1979 Roots: The Next Generations Dr. Horace Huguley Episode #1.5

1980 Angel City Cy Television movie

1981 The Sophisticated Gents Richard "Bubbles" Wiggins Television movie

1982 The Blue and the Gray Jonathan Henry Miniseries

1983 For Us the Living: The Medgar Evers Story

Television movie

1984 Go Tell It on the Mountain Gabriel Grimes Television movie

1984 The Fall Guy Bert Perkins 1 episode

1985 Murder, She Wrote Det. Lieutenant Starkey 1 episode

1986 Under Siege Andrew Simon Television movie

1987 Mighty Pawns Mr. Wright Television movie

1987–1988 The Charmings The Magic Mirror 19 episodes

1988–1990 227 Julian C. Barlow 24 episodes

1989 The Women of Brewster Place Sam Michael Miniseries

1989 Wiseguy Isaac Twine 6 episodes

1990 L.A. Law Derron Holloway 4 episodes

1991 Family Matters Jimmy Baines 1 episode

1991 Star Trek: The Next Generation Captain Dathon 1 episode, "Darmok"

1993 Irresistible Force Commander Toole Television movie

1994 Scarlett Big Sam Miniseries

1994 Picket Fences Judge Harold Nance 2 episodes

1995 Tyson Don King Television movie

1995 Babylon 5 General Richard Franklin 1 episode

1995 White Dwarf Dr. Akada Television movie

1995–1996 Gargoyles Jeffrey Robbins (voice) 3 episodes

1995–2003 Touched by an Angel Sam 13 episodes, (final television appearance)

1996 Second Noah Ramses 1 episode

1996–1997 The Magic School Bus Mr. Ruhle (voice) 4 episodes

1996–1998 The Simpsons Lucius Sweet
Lucius Sweet
(voice) 2 episodes

1997 Spider-Man Omar Mosely / Black Marvel
Black Marvel
(voice) 3 episodes

1998 Walker, Texas Ranger Pastor Roscoe Jones 1 episode

1999–2000 Batman Beyond Sam Young (voice) 3 episodes

1999–2004 City Confidential Narrator 94 episodes

1999 Strange Justice Thurgood Marshall Television movie

2002 Crossing Jordan Dr. Phillip Sanders 1 episode

2003 Sounder The Teacher Television movie

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Result Category Film or series

1973 Academy Award Nominated Best Actor
in a Leading Role Sounder

1978 Primetime Emmy Award Nominated Outstanding Lead Actor
in a Limited Series or a Special King

1979 Roots: The Next Generations (For episode V)

1982 NAACP Image Awards Won Best Performance by an Actor
in a Dramatic Series or Miniseries
or Television Movie The Sophisticated Gents

1995 Primetime Emmy Award Won Outstanding Guest Actor
in a Drama Series Picket Fences (For episode "Enemy Lines")

1997 Daytime Emmy Award Nominated Outstanding Performer in a Children's Special The Legend of Gator Face

1999 St. Louis International Film Festival Won Lifetime Achievement Award

2004 Black Reel Awards Nominated Television: Best Supporting Actor Sounder


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Biography". filmreference. 2008. Retrieved 2007-06-23.  ^ " Paul Winfield
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Biography". yahoo! Movies. 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-28.  ^ "Paul Winfield". Contemporary Black Biography. The Gale Group, Inc. 2006. Retrieved 2008-01-22.  ^ Garfield, David (1980). "Appendix: Life Members of The Actors Studio as of January 1980". A Player's Place: The Story of The Actors Studio. New York: Macmillan Publishing Co., Inc. p. 280. ISBN 0-02-542650-8.  ^ Roger Greenspun (1972-09-25). "Sounder (1972) Screen: 'Sounder' Opens: Story of a Negro Boy in Louisiana
of 1930's". The New York Times.  ^ Linda Rapp (2005). "Winfield, Paul". glbtq encyclopedia. Archived from the original on 2007-02-05. Retrieved 2007-01-28.  ^ Wilson, Scott. Resting Places: The Burial Sites of More Than 14,000 Famous Persons, 3d ed.: 2 (Kindle Locations 51529-51530). McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers. Kindle Edition.

External links[edit]

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at the African American Registry (archived by the Wayback Machine) Paul Winfield
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at the Internet Broadway Database
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on IMDb Paul Winfield
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at the TCM Movie Database Paul Winfield
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at AllMovie Paul Winfield
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at Memory Alpha (a Star Trek
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wiki) Paul Winfield
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and Charles Gillan, Jr. at Find a Grave

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(1990) David Opatoshu
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(1991) Laurence Fishburne
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(1993) Richard Kiley
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(1994) Paul Winfield
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(1995) Peter Boyle
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(1996) Pruitt Taylor Vince (1997) John Larroquette
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(1998) Edward Herrmann
Edward Herrmann
(1999) James Whitmore
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(2000) Michael Emerson
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(2008) Michael J. Fox
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(2009) John Lithgow
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(2012) Dan Bucatinsky
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