Legendary Actor Al Freeman Jr., Dead At 78

Pioneering actor played Elijah Muhammad in Spike Lee's 1992 film "Malcolm X"

al freeman jr deadFrom Reuters

Actor Al Freeman Jr., perhaps best known for his portrayal of Nation of Islam leader Elijah Muhammad in Spike Lee’s 1992 film “Malcolm X,” has died, Howard University said on Friday.

“It is with tremendous sadness that the passing of our beloved Professor Al Freeman, Jr. is confirmed,” Kim James Bey, chair of the university’s theater department said in a statement. Freeman was a faculty member at the university.

She gave no details about the death of Freeman, who was 78 and taught acting at the Washington-based university, but said a statement would be issued later.

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