Marlon Riggs

Marlon Riggs
1957 - 1994

Marlon Riggs  American Director


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American Director Marlon Riggs was born Marlon Troy Riggs on 3rd February, 1957 in Fort Worth, Texas, USA and passed away on 5th Apr 1994 Oakland, California, United States aged 37. He is most remembered for Tongues Untied (1989), Ethnic Notions (1987), Black Is... Black Ain't (1994). His zodiac sign is Aquarius.

Marlon Riggs is a member of the following lists: 20th-century African-American people, UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism alumni and Filmmakers from California.


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First Name Marlon
Last Name Riggs
Full Name at Birth Marlon Troy Riggs
Alternative Name Marlon T. Riggs
Age 37 (age at death) years
Birthday 3rd February, 1957
Birthplace Fort Worth, Texas, USA
Died 5th April, 1994
Place of Death Oakland, California, United States
Cause of Death AIDS (-related complications)
Build Average
Eye Color Black
Hair Color Black
Zodiac Sign Aquarius
Sexuality Gay
Ethnicity Black
Nationality American
Occupation Text Filmmaker, educator, poet, and gay rights activist
Occupation Director
Claim to Fame Tongues Untied (1989), Ethnic Notions (1987), Black Is... Black Ain't (1994)

Marlon Troy Riggs (February 3, 1957 – April 5, 1994) was a gay African-American filmmaker, educator, poet, and gay rights activist. He produced, wrote, and directed several television documentaries, including Ethnic Notions, Tongues Untied, Color Adjustment, and Black is... Black Ain't. Riggs' aesthetically innovative and socially provocative films examine past and present representations of race and sexuality in America. The Marlon Riggs Collection is now housed at Stanford University Libraries.

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