Woody Strode

Football Player and Actor
Born Jul 28, 1914

Woodrow Wilson Woolwine "Woody" Strode was a decathlete and football star who went on to become a pioneering black American film actor. He was nominated for a Golden Globe award for best supporting actor for his role in Spartacus in 1960. He served in the US Army during World War II.… Read More

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1914 Birth Born on July 25, 1914.


1936 21 Years Old Strode posed for a nude portrait, part of Hubert Stowitts's acclaimed exhibition of athletic portraits shown at the 1936 Berlin Olympics (although the inclusion of black and Jewish athletes caused the Nazis to close the exhibit).
1939 24 Years Old Strode, Kenny Washington and Jackie Robinson starred on the 1939 UCLA Bruins football team, in which they made up three of the four backfield players. Along with Ray Bartlett, there were four African-Americans playing for the Bruins, when only a few dozen at all played on other college football teams. They played eventual conference and national champion Southern Cal to a 0–0 tie with the 1940 Rose Bowl on the line. … Read More


1946 31 Years Old Strode and fellow UCLA alumnus Kenny Washington were two of the first African-Americans to play in major college programs and later the modern National Football League, along with Marion Motley and Bill Willis, playing for the Los Angeles Rams in 1946. … Read More
1948 33 Years Old He played for two seasons with the Calgary Stampeders of the Western Interprovincial Football Union in Canada, where he was a member of Calgary's 1948 Grey Cup Championship team before retiring due to injury in 1949. … Read More
1949 34 Years Old Following the end of his football career in 1949, he returned to wrestling part-time between acting jobs until 1962, wrestling the likes of Gorgeous George. … Read More
1951 36 Years Old …  He played an African warrior in The Lion Hunters in Monogram's Bomba the Jungle Boy series in 1951.
1952 37 Years Old Also, he appeared in several episodes of the 1952–1954 television series "Ramar of the Jungle", where he portrayed an African warrior. … Read More


1955 40 Years Old He appeared once on Johnny Weismuller's 1955–1956 syndicated television series Jungle Jim. … Read More
1958 43 Years Old Strode played memorable villains opposite three screen Tarzans. In 1958, he appeared as Ramo opposite Gordon Scott in Tarzan's Fight for Life. … Read More
1960 45 Years Old Strode played a heroic sailor on a sinking ship in the 1960 film The Last Voyage.
1962 47 Years Old He was billed as the Pacific Coast Heavyweight Wrestling Champion and the Pacific Coast Negro Heavyweight Wrestling Champion in 1962.


1966 51 Years Old In 1966, he landed a major starring role as a soldier of fortune and expert archer in The Professionals, a major box-office success that established him as a recognizable star. … Read More


1980 65 Years Old …  They were married until her death in 1980.
1982 67 Years Old In 1982, he wed Tina Tompson, and they remained married until his death. … Read More
1994 80 Years Old Strode died of lung cancer on December 31, 1994, in Glendora, California, aged 80. … Read More
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