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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 African 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 USC to a 0–0 tie with the 1940 Rose Bowl on the line. … Read More
1941 26 Years Old Strode made his screen debut in 1941 in Sundown, but became more active in the 1950s, eventually in roles of increasing depth. … 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, playing for the Los Angeles Rams in 1946. … Read More
1948 33 Years Old He played 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.
In 1952, Strode wrestled almost every week from August 12, 1952-December 10, 1952 in different cities in California. … Read More


1956 41 Years Old In 1956, Strode scored impressive wins over Nick Nickovich on June 28, 1956 in Long Beach,California, and Felipe Mendoza on September 13, 1956 in Los Angeles.
In his 1962, debut in Buffalo, New York, Strode defeated Dominick Bravo in 37 seconds on February 16th.(source:Ring Magazine, May 1962, page 37).
1963 48 Years Old …  In 1963, he was cast opposite Jock Mahoney's Tarzan as both the dying leader of an unnamed Asian country and that leader's unsavory brother, Khan, in Tarzan's Three Challenges. … Read More


1966 51 Years Old In 1966, he landed a major starring role in The Professionals, a major box-office success which 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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