Howard E. Rollins Jr.

Howard E. Rollins Jr.
1950 - 1996

Howard E. Rollins Jr.  American Actor


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American Actor Howard E. Rollins Jr. was born Howard Ellsworth Rollins Jr on 17th October, 1950 in Baltimore, Maryland, USA and passed away on 8th Dec 1996 New York, New York, USA aged 46. He is most remembered for Ragtime, In the Heat of the Night. His zodiac sign is Libra.

Howard E. Rollins Jr. was in 2 on-screen matchups, including Debbie Allen in Ragtime (1981) and Anne-Marie Johnson in In the Heat of the Night (1988).

Howard E. Rollins Jr. is a member of the following lists: Actors from New York, American film actors and American television actors.


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First Name Howard
Last Name Rollins
Full Name at Birth Howard Ellsworth Rollins Jr
Alternative Name Ho Ro, Howard Rollins, Howard Rollins Jr., Howard E. Rollins, Howard E. Rollins Jr.
Age 46 (age at death) years
Birthday 17th October, 1950
Birthplace Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Died 8th December, 1996
Place of Death New York, New York, USA
Cause of Death AIDS (-related lymphoma)
Buried Woodlawn Cemetery, Baltimore
Height 6' 0" (183 cm)
Build Average
Eye Color Brown - Dark
Hair Color Black
Zodiac Sign Libra
Sexuality Straight
Ethnicity Black
Nationality American
University Townson State College, MD
Occupation Text Actor
Occupation Actor
Claim to Fame Ragtime, In the Heat of the Night
Year(s) Active 1970–1996

Howard Ellsworth Rollins Jr. (October 17, 1950 – December 8, 1996) was an American stage, film and television actor. Howard Rollins was best known for his role as Andrew Young in 1978's King, George Haley in the 1979 miniseries Roots: The Next Generations, Coalhouse Walker Jr. in the 1981 film Ragtime, Captain Davenport in the 1984 film A Soldier's Story, and as Virgil Tibbs on the TV crime drama In the Heat of the Night . In the fall of 1996, Rollins was diagnosed with AIDS. Six weeks later, he died at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital in New York at the age of 46, from complications from AIDS-related lymphoma. As was typical at the time, his publicist issued a statement claiming he suffered from lymphatic cancer, but it was later revealed by his family that Rollins had been diagnosed with AIDS. He was interred at Woodlawn Cemetery in his native Baltimore.

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Remember WENN1996George SmithTV Show
Harambee!1996Chimbuko (as Howard Rollins)TV Movie
Drunks1995Joseph (as Howard Rollins)Movie
New York Undercover1994Reverend HundleyTV Show
With Murder in Mind1992Samuel Carver (as Howard Rollins)TV Movie
On the Block1990Clay Beasley (as Howard Rollins)Movie
In the Heat of the Night1988Attorney Virgil Tibbs, Chief of Detectives Virgil TibbsTV Show
The Children of Times Square1986Otis TravisTV Movie
Johnnie Mae Gibson: FBI1986T.C. Russell (as Howard Rollins)TV Movie
The Boy King1986Martin Luther King Sr.TV Movie
Wildside1985Bannister SparksTV Show
A Soldier's Story1984Captain DavenportMovie
The House of God1984Chuck JohnstonMovie
The House of Dies Drear1984Walter SmallTV Movie
A Doctor's Story1984Dr. Zack WilliamsTV Movie
He's Fired, She's Hired1984RaoulTV Movie
Moving Right Along1983TV Show
The Member of the Wedding1982Honey Camden BrownTV Movie
The Neighborhood1982Allen CampbellTV Movie
Ragtime1981Coalhouse Walker Jr.Movie
Thornwell1981CarsonTV Movie
American Playhouse1980Medgar EversTV Show
Roots: The Next Generations1979George HaleyTV Show
My Old Man1979DoctorTV Movie
King1978Andrew YoungTV Show
The Trial of the Moke1978James SmithTV Movie
Our Street1972SlickTV Show
All My Children1970F. B. I. Agent (early 1980s)TV Show
Another World1964Ed HardingTV Show
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marc yonossiMar 18, 2011

honorable and loving personnality in the heat of the night which remains one of my favorite TV dramas that I still watch and enjoy.

Evelyn G. MooreJun 18, 2010

I loved his character in The Heat of the Night. I still watch it today.

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