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      John Hancock

      John Hancock

      Highest Rated: 74% Foul Play (1978)

      Lowest Rated: 15% The Bonfire of the Vanities (1990)

      Birthday: Mar 4, 1941

      Birthplace: Hazen, Arkansas, USA

      Thickset, affable African-American character player, who died just as he was reaching the top rung, but during whose career he displayed a wide versatility -- easily adaptable to playing judge or thug, military man or executive. Hancock is best recalled as the Coast Guard cook who teaches teen-age Alex Haley how to be a man in the ABC miniseries "Roots: The Next Generations" (ABC), and in his final role, opposite Susan Dey in the CBS sitcom "Love and War" (CBS). He was oft recognized by the public for his frequent appearances as a judge on the NBC series "L.A. Law" in the 80s, including the award-winning episode in which animal activists were on trial and clips of animals gnawing off legs caught in traps were shown. Hancock got his first break appearing in the TV movie "The Monk" (1969), after which he began landing supporting roles in such films as "The In-Laws" (1979), "All the Marbles" (1981), Norman Jewison's faithful adaptation of Charles Fuller's "A Soldier's Story" (1984), as a mess sergeant proud of his peach cobbler in "Tank" (1984), and as a figure loosely modeled on Al Sharpton in Brian De Palma's disastrous "Bonfire of the Vanities" (1990). Hancock first had a regular series with the short-lived NBC cliffhanger serial "Stop Susan Williams" (1979), in which he was Gold Tooth, the henchman. In 1980, he was a regular on CBS' "Palmerstown USA," then had a recurring role on "Duck Man" (CBS, 1984), as father to Clarence Gilyard, and appeared as Lt. Delaney on ABC's "Hardcastle & McCormick" series for one season, 1984-85. He played Chicken, the rib joint owner, on "Houston Knights" (CBS, 1987-88) and a very full-of-himself deputy police commissioner on NBC's "Pacific Station" (1991-92).

      Highest rated movies

      Foul Play
      Big Business
      The Black Marble
      City Heat
      First Family
      The Bonfire of the Vanities

      Photos

      ALL THE MARBLES, Laurene Landon, Peter Falk, Vicki Frederick, Richard Jaeckel, Ursaline Bryant-King, Tracy Reed, John Hancock, 1981, (c)MGM BONFIRE OF THE VANITIES, John Hancock, Mary Alice, Patrick Malone, 1990. ©Warner Bros ALL THE MARBLES, Tracy Reed, John Hancock, Ursaline Bryant, 1981, (c) MGM ALL THE MARBLES, (aka DEUX FILLES AU TAPIS), John Hancock (back to camera), Peter Falk (arms outstretched), rear from left: Vicki Frederick, Laurene Landon, Ursaline Bryant, Tracy Reed, 1981, © MGM

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Criminal Behavior Lt. Wills (Character) - 1992
      No Score Yet 39% Why Me? Tiny (Character) $49.9K 1990
      15% 26% The Bonfire of the Vanities Reverend Bacon (Character) - 1990
      No Score Yet 33% Collision Course Lieutenant Ryerson (Character) - 1989
      50% 69% Big Business Older Harlan (Character) $39.6M 1988
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mace Talbot (Character) - 1987
      No Score Yet 0% Feel the Heat Ike (Character) - 1987
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Houston Knights Clarence (Character) - 1987
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Streets of Justice Henry Brewer (Character) - 1985
      22% 24% City Heat Fat Freddy (Character) - 1984
      No Score Yet 33% Death Ride to Osaka Sergeant Kelly (Character) - 1983
      No Score Yet No Score Yet M.A.D.D.: The Candy Lightner Story Judge Daugherty (Character) - 1983
      No Score Yet 48% In the Custody of Strangers Judge Bennett (Character) - 1982
      No Score Yet 67% ...All the Marbles Big John' Stanley (Character) - 1981
      20% 11% First Family President Mazai Kalundra (Character) - 1980
      33% 56% The Black Marble Clarence Cromwell (Character) - 1980
      No Score Yet 100% White Mama Tall Black Man (Character) - 1980
      74% 68% Foul Play Coleman (Character) - 1978
      No Score Yet 53% Brother John Henry's Friend (Character) - 1971

      TV

      Credit
      0% No Score Yet Dellaventura Director 1997
      92% 89% Star Trek: The Next Generation Adm. Haden (Guest Star) 1990-1991
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Matlock Unknown (Guest Star) 1990
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Tour of Duty Arthur Johnson (Guest Star) 1989
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hogan Family Unknown (Guest Star) 1989
      No Score Yet 88% Family Ties Unknown (Guest Star) 1983 1987 1989
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Houston Knights Unknown (Character) 1987
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hunter Sam Pruitt (Guest Star) 1987
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Twilight Zone Unknown (Character) 1986
      97% No Score Yet Hill Street Blues Nolan (Guest Star) 1982 1984 1986
      No Score Yet 64% The A-Team 'Fats' Styles (Guest Star) 1986
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Who's the Boss? Unknown (Guest Star) 1985
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Diff'rent Strokes Unknown (Guest Star) 1984
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Trauma Center Ellis Carter (Guest Star) 1983
      No Score Yet 76% Incredible Hulk Unknown (Guest Star) 1982
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Greatest American Hero Louis Davout (Guest Star) 1982
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Dukes of Hazzard Handley (Guest Star) 1981