Robert Hooks

ROBERT HOOKS

by Dale Ricardo Shields

Favorite

Quote:
What’s Up?
Favorite Color:
Gray, Green
Favorite Food:
Fruit, Vegetables, Fish
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:

Laguna

Beach,

California

Born: April 18, 1937 (age 78), Foggy Bottom, Washington, D.C.
Spouse: Lorrie Marlow (m. 2008)
Children: Kevin Hooks, Eric Hooks, Christopher Carter
Parents: Edward Hooks, Bertha Hooks
Nominations: Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical

 

Robert Dean (Bobby) Hooks is an African-American actor of films, television, and stage. With a career as a producer and political activist to his credit, he is most recognizable to the public for his over 100 roles in films and television.

Biography
Early life

Youngest of five children, Hooks was born in Foggy Bottom, Washington, D.C., the son of Bertha (née Ward), a seamstress, and Edward Hooks, who worked on the railroad tracks, where he died.
Career
Hooks has been regarded, variously, as a gifted artist who broke the color barriers in stage, film, and television before the term “colorblind casting” even existed, and a leading man when there were no African American matinee idols. He originated roles on the New York stage in such classics as Dutchman, A Taste of Honey and Where’s Daddy? for which he won the Theatre World Award. He was the first African American lead on a television drama, the original N.Y.P.D.
In 1968 Hooks was the host of the new public affairs television program, Like It Is.
Most famously, Hooks, along with Douglas Turner Ward, founded The Negro Ensemble Company (NEC). He then brought Gerald Krone in as Production Manager. The NEC is credited with the launch of the careers of many major Black artists of all disciplines, while creating a body of performance literature over the last thirty years, providing the backbone of African-American theatrical classics. This important theater company has gone on to produce plays by Charles Fuller, Wole Soyinka, Peter Weiss, Derek Walcott, and many other playwrights.
Additionally, Hooks is the sole founder of two significant Black theatre companies: the DC Black Repertory Company, and New York’s Group Theatre Workshop, built to mentor the talents of New York’s disadvantaged youth. He soon brought in Dr. Barbara Ann Teer to teach classes and develop the workshop.
Hooks was nominated for a Tony for his lead role in the musical, Hallelujah, Baby!, has received both the Pioneer Award and the NAACP Image Award for Lifetime Achievement, and has been inducted into the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame. He also won an Emmy for his PBS special Voices of Our People.
Hooks passed down his passion for acting to his sons, Kevin Hooks and Eric Hooks. Kevin Hooks is also a film director, and cast his father in two of his films: Passenger 57 (1992) and Fled (1996).
Significant roles for which Hooks is known for include Reeve Scott in Hurry Sundown (1967), Mr. T. in the blaxploitation film Trouble Man (1972), grandpa Gene Donovan in the comedy Seventeen Again (2000), and Fleet Admiral Morrow in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984). He also appeared on television in an episode of the NBC crime drama series The Eddie Capra Mysteries in 1978 and portrayed Doctor Walcott in the 1980s television series Dynasty.

Here’s a Throwback photo of the momentous Honorary Degree Ceremony at Maryland’s Bowie State University in May of 2000, where I was ‘Class of 2000’ keynote speaker. On that occasion, my son Kevin Hooks and I received our Doctor of Humane Letters Degrees (Honoris Causa.) It was the first time in the University’s history to bestow Honorary Degrees on both father and son. Important family history indeed!

 

BLACK THEATRE AFRICAN AMERICAN VOICES ~ Birthday Tribute 2019 

 

My Smilebox Creation

Robert Hooks

Production credits:

Ceremonies in Dark Old Men
Negro Ensemble Company
Ford’s Theatre
Washington, DC
February 5 – March 3, 1985

Here’s a throwback to one of my favorite friends and colleagues in life Glynn Turman. This was a classic (and fun) scene from the great playwright Lonne Elder III’s “Ceremonies in Dark Old Men“. Glynn’s “Theo” and my “Blue Haven”.

Hallelujah, Baby!
Martin Beck Theatre
New York, NY
April 26, 1967 – January 13, 1968

 

 

Where’s Daddy?

Clem * (1966) Stage Play: Where’s Daddy? Comedy. Written by William Inge. Directed by Harold Clurman [final Broadway credit]. Billy Rose Theatre: 2 Mar 1966- 26 Mar 1966 (21 performances + 14 previews that began on 17 Feb 1966). Cast: Beau Bridges (as “Tom”) [Broadway debut], Barbara Dana (as “Teena”) [final Broadway role], Betty Field (as “Mrs. Bigelow”), Robert Hooks (as “Razz”), Hiram Sherman (as “Pinky”), Barbara Ann Teer (as “Helen”). Standby actor: Dortha Duckworth. Produced by Michael Wager. Produced by arrangement with Robert Whitehead.

THE NEGRO ENSEMBLE 

Founded: 1967
Headquarters: New York, NY
Artistic director(s): Robert Hooks, Gerald S. Krone, Douglas Turner Ward
Location: New York City, New York, United States

(1967) Co-founded the renowned theatrical troupe The Negro Ensemble Company.

Robert Hooks, Douglas Turner Ward, Gerald S. Krone,

 

 

Douglas Turner Ward and Robert Hooks.

 

Henry V

(1965) Stage: Appeared (as “Henry V”) in “Henry V” at the New York Shakespeare Festival.

Joseph Papp (right), founder, producer, and director of the New York Shakespeare Festival coaches Robert Hooks, Ellen Holly, and Lynn Hamilton (l. to r.) for a production at the Delacorte Theatre in Central Park. (Photo by Paul DeMaria/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)

 

Hallelujah, Baby!

(1967) Stage Play: Hallelujah, Baby! Musical. Music by Jule Styne. Lyrics by Adolph Green and Betty Comden. Book by Arthur Laurents. Musical Director: Buster Davis. Vocal arrangements by Buster Davis. Music orchestrated by Peter Matz. Dance arrangements by Luther Henderson. Choreographed by Kevin Carlisle. Scenic Design by William Eckart and Jean Eckart. Directed by Burt Shevelove. Martin Beck Theatre: 26 Apr 1967- 13 Jan 1968 (293 performances + 22 previews that began on 6 Apr 1967). Cast: Allen Case (as “Harvey”), Robert Hooks (as “Clem”), Leslie Uggams (as “Georgina”), Lou Angel (as “Calhoun”), Chad Dee Block (as “Bouncer”), Hope Clarke (as “Maid/Ensemble”), Marilyn Cooper (as “Mrs. Charles/Mistress/Ethel/Dorothy”), Carol Flemming (as “Princess”), Frank Hamilton (as “Mister Charles/Timmy”), Lillian Hayman (as “Momma”), Winston DeWitt (as “Hemsley Tip/G.I.”), Justin McDonough (as “Captain Yankee/Ensemble”), Saundra McPherson (as “Cutie”), Garrett Morris (as “Prover/Ensemble”) [Broadway debut], Michele Murray (as “Cutie”), Alan Peterson (as “Director”), Ann Rachel (as “Brenda”), Barbara Sharma (as “Mary”), Don Strong (as “Sugar Daddy/Master”), Bud Vest (as “Prince/Ensemble”), Alan Weeks (as “Prover/Tap/G.I.”), Standby: Norma Donaldson (as “Georgina”). Understudy: Justin McDonough (as “Harvey”). Replacement actors: Clifford Allen (as “Ensemble/G.I./Prover”), Lou Angel (as “Ensemble”), Judith Austin (as “Ensemble”), Michael Beirne (as “Captain Yankee/Ensemble”), Chad Dee Block (as “Ensemble/Official”), Carol Flemming (as “Ensemble”), Lee Hooper (as “Ensemble”), Bernard Johnson (as “Ensemble/G.I./Tip”), Louis Johnson (as “Ensemble”), Carolyn Kirsch (as “Ensemble”), Saundra McPherson (as “Ensemble/Maid”), Gerrianne Raphael (as “Dorothy/Ethel/Mistress/Mrs. Charles”), Larry Roquemore (as “Ensemble/Prince”), Kenneth Scott (as “Ensemble/G.I./Prover”), Don Strong (as “Ensemble”), Ella Thompson (as “Ensemble”), Billy Dee Williams (as “Clem”). Standbys: Lincoln Kilpatrick (as “Clem”), Lu Parks (as “Momma”), Freda Payne (as “Georgina”). Understudies: Michael Beirne (as “Harvey”), Carol Flemming (as “Ethel”), Louis Johnson (as “Tap/Tip”), Suzanne Rogers (as “Mary”). Produced by Albert W. Selden, Hal James, Jane C. Nussbaum, and Harry Rigby. Note: Mr. Hooks was nominated for Tony Award as Best Actor (Musical).

Hallelujah, Baby!: Watch My Dust

Leslie Uggams ` Lillian Hayman ~ Robert Hooks

Robert Hooks ~ Leslie Uggams ~ Allen Case

 

THE DC BLACK REPERTORY COMPANY 

In 1971, the DC Black Repertory Company became Washington’s premier Black cultural institution. In those days of infancy, the company, popularly known as “the Rep” struggled to institutionalize Black theater in the nation’s capital. It would meet the success in its efforts to create a theatre-going population among Washington’s Black residents.

 

Here’s a Throwback photo image of two brilliant actresses and me from Jean Genet’s classic play “The Blacks“, a DC Black Repertory Company production at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. It was the first (and only) time I actually performed with my young theatre company. On the left is the amazingly talented Janifer Baker, who played “Virtue”, and to the right is the classy and beautiful Dee Porter as the “White Queen”. We were the first Black theatre company to ever perform at- and co-produce with the legendary Kennedy Center. It was a memorable run and a fabulous experience for our young theatre company. Bravo DCBRC! 

 

 

 

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his extraordinary First Lady Coretta Scott King visiting backstage after an inspired (because THEY were in attendance) performance of Jean Genet’s “The Blacks” (circa 1963). It was at dinner that night that Martin encouraged me to continue to create Black theatre for our communities and the larger world because it was a political act as much as any march or demonstration was. BTW, Coretta demonstrated her innate acting chops (as she had also been a singer earlier in her life) during one on my character’s provocative and flirtatious monologues. Normally addressed to a random female in the audience, it took all my impulsive courage to address it to her in the first row and she was magnificent in her theatricality, and Martin was encouraging, smiling and fascinated.

Filmography

 

2016 The Actor’s Choice (TV Series)
– Robert Hooks (2016)
2011 Reed Between the Lines (TV Series)
Monroe Reed
Let’s Talk About Dating Advice (2011) … Monroe Reed
2007 Lincoln Heights (TV Series)
Det. Chase
Obsession (2007) … Det. Chase (uncredited)
2003 Dragnet (TV Series)
Captain
– The Big Ruckus (2003) … Captain
2000 Seventeen Again (TV Movie)
Grandpa Gene


1999-2000 The Hoop Life (TV Series)
Willis Barry
– The Second Chance (2000) … Willis Barry
– The Talented Tenth (2000) … Willis Barry
– The Back Stretch (2000) … Willis Barry
– A Little Yen (2000) … Willis Barry
– Rock, Salt, and Nails (2000) … Willis Barry
Show all 22 episodes
1999 Clueless (TV Series)
Benjamin Davenport
– A Test of Character (1999) … Benjamin Davenport
1998 Free of Eden (TV Movie)
Joe Sherman
1998 Glory & Honor (TV Movie)
Thomas
1997 The Parent ‘Hood (TV Series)
Lawrence
– Mother and Law (1997) … Lawrence
1996 Diagnosis Murder (TV Series)
City Attorney Andrew Chivers
– Murder by Friendly Fire (1996) … City Attorney Andrew Chivers
1996 Fled
Lt. Clark


1995 The Commish (TV Series)
Capt. M. A. Daniels
– Off-Broadway: Part 2 (1995) … Capt. M. A. Daniels
– Off-Broadway: Part 1 (1995) … Capt. M. A. Daniels
1994-1995 Seinfeld (TV Series)
Joe / Joe Temple
– The Diplomat’s Club (1995) … Joe
– The Couch (1994) … Joe Temple
1995 Abandoned and Deceived (TV Movie)
Doctor Peck
1994-1995 M.A.N.T.I.S. (TV Series)
Mayor Lew Mitchell
– Spider in the Tower (1995) … Mayor Lew Mitchell
– Revelation (1994) … Mayor Lew Mitchell
– Thou Shalt Not Kill (1994) … Mayor Lew Mitchell


1986-1995 Murder, She Wrote (TV Series)
Kendall Ames / Everett Charles Jensen
– The Scent of Murder (1995) … Kendall Ames
– Christopher Bundy – Died on Sunday (1986) … Everett Charles Jensen
1994 Family Matters (TV Series)
Dr. Smiley
– Good Cop, Bad Cop (1994) … Dr. Smiley
1993 The Sinbad Show (TV Series)
Mr. Winters
– My Daughter’s Keeper (1993) … Mr. Winters
1993 The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (TV Series)
Dean Morgan
– It’s Better to Have Loved and Lost It… (1993) … Dean Morgan
1993 Posse
King David
1993 Reasonable Doubts (TV Series)
Kane
– Trust Me on This: Part 2 (1993) … Kane
– Trust Me on This: Part 1 (1993) … Kane
1993 L.A. Law (TV Series)
Judge Earl Gregory
– Parent Trap (1993) … Judge Earl Gregory
– Bare Witness (1993) … Judge Earl Gregory
1993 Out All Night (TV Series)
Cliff Emory
A Date with a Diva (1993) … Cliff Emory
1992 Passenger 57
Dwight Henderson
1991 The Royal Family (TV Series)
Langston White
A Mid-Summer’s Night Barbeque (1991) … Langston White
1990 The Flash (TV Series)
Chief Arthur Cooper
– Pilot (1990) … Chief Arthur Cooper
1990 Heat Wave (TV Movie)
Reverend Brooks
1990 Appearances (TV Movie)
Wesley

A Different World (TV Series)
Phillip Dalton
– Risky Business (1989) … Phillip Dalton
1983-1988 Hotel (TV Series)
Joe Durran / Frank ‘Squire’ Vance
– Aftershocks (1988) … Joe Durran
– Choices (1983) … Frank ‘Squire’ Vance
1988 Supercarrier (TV Series)
Commander Jim Coleman
– Deadly Enemies (Pilot) (1988) … Commander Jim Coleman
1987 J.J. Starbuck (TV Series)
Lt. Lavelle Caspersons
– The 6 % Solution (1987) … Lt. Lavelle Caspersons
1987 21 Jump Street (TV Series)
Dr. Tony Hoffs
– In the Custody of a Clown (1987) … Dr. Tony Hoffs
1987 Head of the Class (TV Series)
Mr. Nevins
– Crimes of the Heart (1987) … Mr. Nevins
1986 227 (TV Series)
Congressman Rivers
– Washington Affair (1986) … Congressman Rivers
1986 D.C. Cops (TV Movie)
Nathan Jackson
1986 Blacke’s Magic (TV Series)
– Last Flight from Moscow (1986)
1985 Words by Heart (TV Movie)
Ben Sills


1983-1985 T.J. Hooker (TV Series)
Police Detective Joe Fisher / Lt. Ellis
– Trackdown (1985) … Police Detective Joe Fisher
– The Trial (1983) … Lt. Ellis
1985 The Execution (TV Movie)
Alton Reese
1985 V (TV Series)
George Caniff
– The Hero (1985) … George Caniff
1984 Star Trek III: The Search for Spock
Admiral Morrow
1984 Dynasty (TV Series)
Dr. Walcott
– The Birthday (1984) … Dr. Walcott
– Steps (1984) … Dr. Walcott
– The Vigil (1984) … Dr. Walcott
1983 Feel the Heat (TV Series)
Captain Barney Hill
1983 Hardcastle and McCormick (TV Series)
Lieutenant Carlton
– Man in a Glass House (1983) … Lieutenant Carlton
1983 Hart to Hart (TV Series)
Inspector Jordan
– Bahama Bound Harts (1983) … Inspector Jordan
1982 The Devlin Connection (TV Series)
Gaylord
– Allison (1982) … Gaylord
1982 Sister, Sister (TV Movie)
Harry Burton
1982 Fast-Walking
William Galliot
1982 WKRP in Cincinnati (TV Series)
Prosecutor
– Circumstantial Evidence (1982) … Prosecutor
1982 Cassie & Co. (TV Series)
Matthews
The Golden Silence (1982) … Matthews
1982 Quincy M.E. (TV Series)
Sergeant LeBatt
– Bitter Pill (1982) … Sergeant LeBatt
1981 The Sophisticated Gents (TV Series)
Ezra ‘Chops’ Jackson
– Episode #1.3 (1981) … Ezra ‘Chops’ Jackson
– Episode #1.2 (1981) … Ezra ‘Chops’ Jackson
– Episode #1.1 (1981) … Ezra ‘Chops’ Jackson

The Sophisticated Gents was a TV miniseries that aired on three consecutive nights from September 29 to October 1, 1981, on NBC. The miniseries was based on the novel “The Junior Bachelor Society” by John A. Williams. Although production of the project ended in 1979, NBC did not air the miniseries until almost two years later.
Melvin Van Peebles, Robert Hooks, Ron O’Neal, Dick Anthony Williams, Thalmus Rasulala, Rosey Grier, Bernie Casey, Raymond St. Jacques and Paul Winfield.

Here’s a throw-‘waaaay’-back to the TV Movie “The Sophisticated Gents” (circa 1981). (How many do you recognize?) This is a photo assemblage of the “Gents” and their Wives at the ‘reunion’s formal black-tie evening! “Gents” was one of the most memorable films I ever worked on, with so many of my personal and brilliantly talented friends, several of whom have passed on to that other plain. What an ensemble of great actors, and what fun we all had together. — with Thalmus Rasualla, Dick Anthony Williams, Rosey Grier, Alfre Woodard, Bernie Casey., Raymond St. Jacques, Paul Winfield…, Bibi Besch, Ja’net Dubois, Sonny Jim Gaines, Rosalind Cash, Denise Nicholas, Beah Richards, and Melvin Van Peebles.

 

1981 Madame X (TV Movie)
Dist. Atty. Roerich
1981 The Oklahoma City Dolls (TV Movie)
John Miller
1980 The White Shadow (TV Series)
Dr. Luther Tucker
– Reunion: Part 2 (1980) … Dr. Luther Tucker
– Reunion: Part 1 (1980) … Dr. Luther Tucker
1980 The Facts of Life (TV Series)
Mr. Ramsey
– Overachieving (1980) … Mr. Ramsey
1980 Trapper John, M.D. (TV Series)
Sykes
– Boom! (1980) … Sykes

Hollow Image (TV Movie)
Paul Hendrix
1979 Time Express (TV Series)
John Slocum
– Rodeo/Cop (1979) … John Slocum
1979 Backstairs at the White House (TV Mini-Series)
Doorman and Presidential Barber John Mays / Chief Barber John Mays
– Episode #1.4 (1979) … Doorman and Presidential Barber John Mays
– Episode #1.3 (1979) … Doorman and Presidential Barber John Mays
– Episode #1.2 (1979) … Doorman and Presidential Barber John Mays
– Episode #1.1 (1979) … Chief Barber John Mays


1978 The Eddie Capra Mysteries (TV Series)
– Dying Declaration (1978)
1978 A Woman Called Moses (TV Series)
William Still
– Episode #1.2 (1978) … William Still
– Episode #1.1 (1978) … William Still


1978 The Courage and the Passion (TV Movie)
Maj. Stanley Norton
1978 To Kill a Cop (TV Movie)
Captain Pete Rolfe
1977 Airport ’77
Eddie
1976 Just an Old Sweet Song (TV Movie)
Nate Simmons


1976 The Killer Who Wouldn’t Die (TV Movie)
Commissioner Frank Wharton
1975 Aaron Loves Angela
Beau.


1975 Petrocelli (TV Series)
Dave Hill
– Too Many Alibis (1975) … Dave Hill
1975 Police Story (TV Series)
Police Detective Ernie Tillis
– The Cut Man Caper (1975) … Police Detective Ernie Tillis
1975 Ceremonies in Dark Old Men (TV Movie)
Blue Haven


1969-1974 The F.B.I. (TV Series)
Wilcox / Steven Harber
– Deadly Ambition (1974) … Wilcox
– Silent Partner (1969) … Steven Harber
1974 The Streets of San Francisco (TV Series)
Joe Joplin
– Rampage (1974) … Joe Joplin
1973 Stone (TV Movie)
1973 Marcus Welby, M.D. (TV Series)
Joe Lucas


– Nguyen (1973) … Joe Lucas
1973 Trapped (TV Movie)
Sergeant Connaught
1973 McMillan & Wife (TV Series)
Sam
– The Devil You Say (1973) … Sam
1973 The Rookies (TV Series)
Barney Miller
– Deadly Cage (1973) … Barney Miller

1972 Trouble Man  Mr. T

 

 

 

1972 Two for the Money (TV Movie)
Larry Dean

1971 Crosscurrent (TV Movie)
Inspector Lou Van Alsdale
1971 The Man and the City (TV Series)
– Run for Daylight (1971)
1971 Vanished (TV Movie)
Larry Storm
1970 The Bold Ones: The New Doctors (TV Series)
Scott Dayton
– Killer on the Loose (1970) … Scott Dayton
1970 The Mike Douglas Show (TV Series)
– Episode #9.159 (1970)
1970 Carter’s Army (TV Movie)
Lt. Edward Wallace
1970 The Last of the Mobile Hot Shots
Chicken

Preview Clip: Last of the Mobile Hot Shots (1970, starring Robert Hooks)

 

1970 Black Brigade (TV)

1969 Then Came Bronson (TV Series)
Henry Tate
– A Long Trip to Yesterday (1969) … Henry Tate
1967-1969 N.Y.P.D. (TV Series)
Det. Jeff Ward
– No Day Trippers Need Apply (1969) … Det. Jeff Ward
– Everybody Loved Him (1969) … Det. Jeff Ward
– Boys Night Out (1969) … Det. Jeff Ward
– Face on the Dart Board (1969) … Det. Jeff Ward
– Who’s Got the Bundle? (1969) … Det. Jeff Ward
Show all 49 episodes

 

1969 Mannix (TV Series)
Floyd Brown
– Last Rites for Miss Emma (1969) … Floyd Brown
1967 Hurry Sundown
Reeve Scott

 

 


1967 Sweet Love, Bitter
Keel Robinson
1966 Preview Tonight (TV Series)
– The Cliff Dwellers (1966)
1965 Profiles in Courage (TV Series)
Frederick Douglass
– Frederick Douglass (1965) … Frederick Douglass
1963 East Side/West Side (TV Series)
Detective Stern
– Age of Consent (1963) … Detective Stern (as Bobby Dean Hooks)

Soundtrack (1 credit)
1968 The 22nd Annual Tony Awards (TV Special) (performer: “Smile, Smile”)

2015 Tab Hunter Confidential (Documentary) (special thanks)
2010/I Salvation Road (Short) (special thanks)
Self (14 credits)
2011 Life After (TV Series)
Himself
– Antonio Fargas (2011) … Himself
2009 Jackson Five in Africa (Documentary)
Narrator
2009 Independent Lens (TV Series documentary)
– Adjust Your Color: The Truth of Petey Greene (2009)
2008 Adjust Your Color: The Truth of Petey Greene (Documentary)
Himself
2004 Macked, Hammered, Slaughtered and Shafted (Documentary)
Himself
2004 TV in Black: The First Fifty Years (Video documentary)
Himself
1986 Passion and Memory (TV Movie documentary)
Himself
1981 Ossie and Ruby! (TV Series)
Himself
– Episode dated 21 February 1981 (1981) … Himself
1974-1976 Black Journal (TV Series)
Himself / Himself – Guest Host
– Episode dated 22 February 1976 (1976) … Himself
– Episode dated 7 May 1974 (1974) … Himself – Guest Host
1969 The David Frost Show (TV Series)
Himself
– Episode #2.22 (1969) … Himself
1968-1969 The Mike Douglas Show (TV Series)
Himself – Actor / Himself
– Episode #8.195 (1969) … Himself – Actor
– Episode #7.102 (1968) … Himself
1969 The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (TV Series)
Himself – Guest
– Episode dated 19 March 1969 (1969) … Himself – Guest
1968 The 22nd Annual Tony Awards (TV Special)
Himself – Nominee & Performer
1968 The Joey Bishop Show (TV Series)
Himself
– Episode #2.91 (1968) … Himself
Archive footage (1 credit)
1991 Preminger: Anatomy of a Filmmaker (Documentary)
actor ‘Hurry Sundown’ (uncredited)

 

 

 

Robert Hooks

Robert Hooks (born Bobby Dean Hooks, April 18, 1937) is an American actor of films, television, and stage. With a career as a producer and political activist to his credit, he is most recognizable to the public for his over 100 roles in films and television.

Biography

Early life

Hooks, youngest of five children, was born in Foggy Bottom, Washington, D.C., the son of Bertha (née Ward), a seamstress, and Edward Hooks, who worked on the railroad track, where he died.

Career

Hooks has been regarded, variously, as a gifted artist who broke the color barriers in stage, film, and television before the term “colorblind casting” even existed, and a leading man when there were no African American matinee idols. He originated roles on the New York stage in such classics asDutchman, A Taste of Honey and Where’s Daddy? for which he won the Theatre World Award. He was the first African American lead on a television drama, the original N.Y.P.D.

In 1968 Hooks was the host of the new public affairs television program, Like It Is.

Most famously, Hooks, along with Douglas Turner Ward, founded The Negro Ensemble Company (NEC). He then brought Gerald Krone in as Production Manager. The NEC is credited with the launch of the careers of many major black artists of all disciplines, while creating a body of performance literature over the last thirty years, providing the backbone of African-American theatrical classics. Additionally, Hooks is the sole founder of two significant black theatre companies: the DC Black Repertory Company, and New York’s Group Theatre Workshop, built to mentor the talents of New York’s disadvantaged youth. He soon brought in Dr. Barbara Ann Teer to teach classes and develop the workshop.

Hooks was nominated for a Tony for his lead role in the musical, Hallelujah, Baby!, has received both the Pioneer Award and the NAACP Image Award for Lifetime Achievement, and has been inducted into the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame. He also won an Emmy for his PBS special Voices of Our People.

Significant roles for which Hooks is known include Reeve Scott in Hurry Sundown (1967), Mr. T. in the blaxploitation film Trouble Man(1972), grandpa Gene Donovan in the comedy Seventeen Again (2000), and Fleet Admiral Morrow in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984). He also portrayed Doctor Walcott in the 1980s television series Dynasty.

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