He studied with Bill Esper. He went on to do several regional productions: the Arena Stage, Baltimore’s Center Stage, Shakespeare and Company, The Cleveland Playhouse, The Long Wharf, The Walnut Street Theater, Utah, Shakespeare, Williamstown, The Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center and eventually on Broadway in A Few Good Men. He has played a repertoire of characters, such as Othello, Macbeth, Brutus, Caliban, and more than twenty other classical roles.
He was playing the role of Othello at the Cleveland Playhouse when he got the news that he was going to portray Bigger Thomas in the star-studded film version of Richard Wright’s Native Son, which featured Matt Dillion, Elizabeth McGovern, Geraldine Page, and Oprah Winfrey.
Othello – Victor Love
Desdemona – Jennifer Alice Acker
(The New American Shakespeare Tavern)
The Return of Desperado
HEAVEN IS A PLAYGROUND
A DIFFERENT WORLD
Victor LOVE (Bigger Thomas),
Matt DILLON (Jan), Elizabeth MCGOVERN (Mary Dalton), Geraldine PAGE (Peggy), Oprah WINFREY (Mrs. Thomas), Akosua BUSIA (Bessie), Carroll BAKER (Mrs. Dalton), John McMARTIN (Mr. Dalton), Art EVANS (Doc), John KARLEN (Max), Willard E.PUGH (Gus), David RASCHE (Buckley), Ving RHAMES (Jack), Walter Rivers (G.H.),
Shavar ROSS (Buddy), Lane SMITH (Britton), Richard WESLEY (Bartender), Adrienne Cook
(Vera), Adriane Love, George WALLACE, Avers
Wexler, Edna Phillios, Sarah Silver, John OTRIN, Adam Gregor,
William BOYETT, Robert Alan Browns, Jim
Boyett, Arell Blanton, Chuck HICKS
“Previously filmed in Argentina in 1951, black author Richard Wright‘s powerful race-conscious novel Native Son was remade in this barely released 1986 version. The story involves Bigger Thomas (Victor Love), an angry Depression-era Chicago black who hopes to elevate himself through his chauffeur’s job with a prosperous white Gold Coast family. The family’s daughter (Elizabeth McGovern) takes advantage of Bigger’s servile status by ordering him to drive her to a rendezvous with her communist-activist lover (Matt Dillon). Their “parlor liberal” attitude both pleases and confuses Bigger, as do the girl’s apparent sexual advances toward him. One evening, Bigger drives the girl home after she’s gotten herself drunk. She flirts harmlessly with him in her bedroom; when her blind mother (Carroll Baker) stumbles onto the scene, the terrified Bigger, certain that he’ll be accused of rape, tries to muffle the girl so she can’t talk. He accidentally kills her, whereupon the panicky Bigger hides the body and tries to pin the girl’s “kidnapping” on her lover. Tragedy piles upon tragedy before Bigger’s climactic murder trial and execution; throughout, we are given the impression that this sorry state of affairs would never have taken place without the black-white tensions and divisiveness that existed in 1930s, and which still exist to this day. During the trial scene, TV talk host Oprah Winfrey makes a heavily-made-up cameo appearance as Bigger’s mother. The whole scene has the earmarks of an “Oscar clip,” but Oprah‘s excessive histrionics pale in comparison to her brilliant, well-modulated performance in the earlier The Color Purple. The 1986 version of Native Son was co-produced by PBS’ American Playhouse.” ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
The film Native Son allowed Victor to meet Oprah Winfrey, James Baldwin, Andy Warhol, Nell Carter and other people who are or have since become legends.