Ji-Tu Cumbuka, an actor recognized for the unique “Roots,” in addition to “Sure for Glory” and “Harlem Nights,” has died. He was seventy seven.

Cumbuka died on July four in Atlanta after an extended sickness, in response to a Fb publish by his niece Amber Holifield. The web site for his group, Assist Any person Basis Ministries, famous that the actor had had at the very least 10 years of well being problems associated to vascular illness.

“My uncle has taught me a lot over the previous few weeks alone about power and coping with issues,” Holifield wrote. “After having each his legs amputated… I can not keep in mind him complaining as soon as.”

Born in Montgomery County, Ala., on March four, 1940, Cumbuka noticed his first film, “Shane,” when he was 12. The ’50s flick starring Alan Ladd and Jean Arthur impressed him to turn out to be an actor, regardless of his Baptist minister father believing appearing was “the satan’s work.” He ultimately moved to New York to pursue this dream. However after a variety of troublesome years, he enlisted within the Military, the place he performed soccer and ran monitor. He then attended the traditionally black Texas Southern College in Houston. After commencement, he moved to Los Angeles.

After three years of appearing courses and performing in group performs and workshops, Cumbuka landed his first main position within the 1968 film “Uptight,” directed by the late Jules Dassin. The 6-foot-5 actor would go on to star in “Roots,” “Harlem Nights,” “Brewster’s Hundreds of thousands,” “Mandingo” and “Sure for Glory.” His tv roles included gigs on “Knots Touchdown,” “Sanford and Son,” “The Dukes of Hazard,” “Walker Texas Ranger” and “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” which might be his final in 2004.

Cumbuka revealed his memoir, “A Big to Keep in mind: The Black Actor in Hollywood,” in 2011.

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