Al Freeman Jr. (1931–2012)


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Al Freeman, Jr. was an actor and director who was the first African American to win a Daytime Emmy Award for acting. His most famous role was that of Police Captain Ed Hall in the soap opera One Life to Live (1968), which brought him the Emmy in 1979. He was a regular on the soap from 1972 through 1987, and appeared off and on as Captain Hall from... See full bio »

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Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 2 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Malcolm X Elijah Muhammad
(1992)
One Life to Live Capt. Ed Hall
(1972-1988)
Castle Keep Pvt. Allistair Piersall Benjamin
(1969)

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 1990-2004 Law & Order (TV Series)
Stan Wallace / Reverend Thayer
- Evil Breeds (2004) ... Stan Wallace
- Poison Ivy (1990) ... Reverend Thayer
 1998 Down in the Delta
Earl Sinclair
 1995-1996 Homicide: Life on the Street (TV Series)
Deputy Commissioner James Harris
- Blood Wedding (1996) ... Deputy Commissioner James Harris
- Partners (1995) ... Deputy Commissioner James Harris
- Cradle to Grave (1995) ... Deputy Commissioner James Harris
 1994 Assault at West Point: The Court-Martial of Johnson Whittaker (TV Movie)
Old Johnson Whittaker
 1993 Boy Meets Girl (TV Movie)
 1992 Malcolm X
Elijah Muhammad
 1988 Seven Hours to Judgment
Danny Larwin
 1972-1988 One Life to Live (TV Series)
Capt. Ed Hall
- Episode #1.5154 (1988) ... Capt. Ed Hall
- Episode #1.4786 (1987) ... Capt. Ed Hall
- Episode dated 17 February 1987 (1987) ... Capt. Ed Hall
- Episode #1.4591 (1986) ... Capt. Ed Hall
- Episode dated 23 October 1985 (1985) ... Capt. Ed Hall
 1985 Perry Mason Returns (TV Movie)
Lt. Cooper
 1985 The Cosby Show (TV Series)
Coach Ernie Scott
- Back to the Track, Jack (1985) ... Coach Ernie Scott
 1979 Roots: The Next Generations (TV Mini-Series)
Malcolm X
- Part VII (1960-1967) (1979) ... Malcolm X
 1978 King (TV Mini-Series)
Damon Lockwood
- Episode #1.3 (1978) ... Damon Lockwood
- Episode #1.2 (1978) ... Damon Lockwood
- Episode #1.1 (1978) ... Damon Lockwood
 1977 NBC Special Treat (TV Series)
Jerry Hudson
- A Piece of Cake (1977) ... Jerry Hudson
 1976 Kojak (TV Series)
Donald Mosher
- A Need to Know (1976) ... Donald Mosher
 1975 Hot l Baltimore (TV Series)
Charles Bingham
- Ainsley's Secret (1975) ... Charles Bingham
- Suzy's Problem (1975) ... Charles Bingham
- Ainsley Loves April (1975) ... Charles Bingham
- Historic L Baltimore (1975) ... Charles Bingham
- Bingham's Con (1975) ... Charles Bingham
 1974 Maude (TV Series)
Roy
- Speed Trap (1974) ... Roy
 1972 To Be Young, Gifted, and Black (TV Movie)
 1972 Mod Squad (TV Series)
Jessie Cook
- Kill Gently, Sweet Jessie (1972) ... Jessie Cook
 1971 A Fable
The Leader
 1970 The Chicago Conspiracy Trial (TV Movie)
Bobby Seale
 1970 My Sweet Charlie (TV Movie)
Charles Roberts
 1969 Castle Keep
Pvt. Allistair Piersall Benjamin
 1969 The Lost Man
Dennis Lawrence
 1969 Judd for the Defense (TV Series)
Jeff Jones
- The View from the Ivy Tower (1969) ... Jeff Jones
 1968 The F.B.I. (TV Series)
Alan Harmon
- The Enemies (1968) ... Alan Harmon
 1968 Finian's Rainbow
Howard
 1968 The Detective
Robbie
 1966 Dutchman
Clay
 1966 For Pete's Sake
Harvey
 1966 The Trials of O'Brien (TV Series)
 1965 Slattery's People (TV Series)
Arthur Courtney
- Question: What's a Swan Song for a Sparrow? (1965) ... Arthur Courtney
 1965 Mr. Novak (TV Series)
Rider
- There's a Penguin in My Garden (1965) ... Rider
 1965 For the People (TV Series)
Johnson
- The Right to Kill (1965) ... Johnson
 1965 The Defenders (TV Series)
Charlton White
- Nobody Asks What Side You're On (1965) ... Charlton White
 1964 Ensign Pulver
Taru
 1964 The Troublemaker
Intern
 1964 Black Like Me
Thomas Newcomb
 1963 Quest (TV Series) ('The Living Premise')
- A New Year's Revue (1963) ... ('The Living Premise')
 1961 Sniper's Ridge
Medic Gwathney (as Albert C. Freeman Jr.)
 1961 Adventures in Paradise (TV Series)
Para
- The Good Killing (1961) ... Para
 1960 The DuPont Show with June Allyson (TV Series)
Porter / Taxi Man
- Love on Credit (1960) ... Porter
- Dark Fear (1960) ... Taxi Man
 1960 This Rebel Breed
Satchel (as Al Freeman)
 1959 Bourbon Street Beat (TV Series)
Elevator Operator
- Mrs. Viner Vanishes (1959) ... Elevator Operator (uncredited)
 1958 The Broken Mask (Short)
George
 1958 Torpedo Run
Sam Baker (uncredited)
 1958 The Millionaire (TV Series)
Houseboy
- The Rafe Peterson Story (1958) ... Houseboy
 1958 Suspicion (TV Series)
Dock Worker
- A Touch of Evil (1958) ... Dock Worker
 1956 The Edge of Night (TV Series)
Asst. Dist. Atty. Ben Lee (1967)
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Freeman Jr. is likely best-known to daytime-drama fans for his lengthy stint as "Lt. Ed Hall" on One Life to Live (1968) - a role that won him a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series in 1979, and setting his place in history as the first African-American actor to win that specific award. See more »

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