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      Ron O'Neal

      Ron O'Neal

      Highest Rated: 93% Superfly (1972)

      Lowest Rated: Not Available

      Birthday: Sep 1, 1937

      Birthplace: Utica, New York, USA

      A tall, handsome and light-complected African-American player of stage and screen, Ron O'Neal first gained some measure of prominence with his portrayal of Youngblood Priest, the cool, resourceful and stylishly dressed cocaine dealer protagonist of "Superfly" (1972). Dismissed by some as just more "blaxploitation" fodder and damned by others for its supposed glorification of criminal behavior, "Superfly" was embraced by audiences and became a surprise hit. The success of this story of an outlaw's last big score generated the inevitable sequel, "Super Fly T.N.T." (1973), but surprisingly, O'Neal now occupied the director's chair and provided the politically-themed story. The film was generally deemed a disaster. The promising actor's nascent film career never recovered from this early setback.

      Highest rated movies

      Superfly
      Original Gangstas
      The Final Countdown
      When a Stranger Calls
      The Organization
      Hero and the Terror

      Photos

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      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet 55% On the Edge Frank Harris (Character) - 2002
      53% 48% Original Gangstas Bubba (Character) $3.3M 1996
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Up Against the Wall George Wilkes (Character),
      Director
      - 1991
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Trained to Kill George "Cotton" Shorter (Character) - 1989
      No Score Yet 14% Mercenary Fighters Cliff Taylor (Character) - 1988
      0% 38% Hero and the Terror Mayor (Character) $4.5M 1988
      No Score Yet 50% As Summers Die Daniel Backus (Character) - 1986
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Playing With Fire Steve Phillips (Character) - 1985
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hyperspace Unknown (Character) - 1985
      No Score Yet 59% St. Helens Otis Kaylor (Character) - 1981
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Sophisticated Gents Clarence "Claire" Henderson (Character) - 1981
      52% 60% The Final Countdown Cdr. Dan Thurman (Character) - 1980
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Brave New World Mustapha Mond (Character) - 1980
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Freedom Road Francis Cardoza (Character) - 1979
      38% 49% When a Stranger Calls Lt. Charlie Garber (Character) - 1979
      No Score Yet 28% A Force of One Rollins (Character) - 1979
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Hitter Otis (Character) - 1978
      No Score Yet 38% Brothers Walter Nance (Character) - 1977
      No Score Yet 50% The Master Gunfighter Paulo (Character) - 1975
      No Score Yet 18% Superfly T.N.T. Priest (Character),
      Director,
      Writer
      - 1973
      93% 70% Superfly Priest (Character) - 1972
      25% 29% The Organization Joe Peralez (Character) - 1971

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet A Different World Unknown (Guest Star) 1988 1990 1992
      No Score Yet No Score Yet 1st & Ten Mr. Byron (Guest Star) 1989
      No Score Yet 89% Murder, She Wrote Sgt. Joe Santiago (Guest Star) 1988
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Frank's Place Unknown (Guest Star) 1987
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Equalizer Isadore Smalls (Character),
      Lt. Isadore Smalls (Guest Star)
      1986-1987
      97% No Score Yet Hill Street Blues Stan Williams (Guest Star) 1985-1986
      No Score Yet 82% Knight Rider Charles Zurich (Guest Star) 1985
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Interns Unknown (Guest Star) 1971