Woody Strode
American football player and actor
Woody Strode
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.
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'Jackson County Jail,' 'Caged/Chained/Red Heat,' 'Jungle Warriors' - Linda ... - Memphis Commercial Appeal (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
The cast includes the great Woody Strode, who shoots people through the neck with a bow and arrow, and Nina Van Pallandt, once a famous name as the mistress of Howard Hughes hoax biographer Clifford Irving. Although the models are captured and confined
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Passi di morte perduti nel buio (aka: Death Steps In The Dark) - Paperblog
Google News - over 5 years
... basterebbe citare "Il Pistolero dell'Ave Maria" (1969) di Ferdinando Baldi oppure "Ciakmull" (1970) di Enzo Barboni "Clucher" con il grande Woody Strode, ma che fu anche Gesù nel Lacrima di co-produzione spagnola-messicana "Luca, Bambino mio" ("El
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Even Sports Do Not Escape The Scourge Of Racism - usariseup
Google News - over 5 years
In 1946, professional football finally opened up when the Los Angeles Rams signed Woody Strode and Kenny Washington, and the Cleveland Browns signed Marion Motley and Bill Willis, all of whom were the first African-American players
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Nether Regions 08.23.11: 7 Women - 411mania.com
Google News - over 5 years
Granted, these depictions should be viewed according to when it was released, but Mike Mazurki as Tunga Khan and Woody Strode as his right hand man (an Austrian actor and a black actor) playing these villains borders on cartoonish
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Blu-ray Review: Posse (1993) - Blogcritics.org (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
... Big Daddy Kane, Tiny Lister, Jr. and boasting a number of guest appearances by the likes of Pam Grier, Isaac Hayes, Paul Bartel, Stephen J. Cannell, Melvin Van Peebles and Woody Strode, there really isn't much to make Posse a memorable film
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Supporting actor Ralph Bellamy featured Aug. 14 on TCM's Summer Under The Stars - Examiner.com
Google News - over 5 years
Lee Marvin, Burt Lancaster, Robert Ryan and Woody Strode make up the rescue team. Based on a novel by Frank O'Rourke (The Bravados and The Great Train Robbery), the film received three Oscar nods including: Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay and
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DVD Review: Women in Prison Triple Feature - Inside Pulse
Google News - over 5 years
Eventually the models get taken hostage by Woody Strode (Spartacus) and locked up in the drug kingpin's torture chamber. This is what makes it count as a women's prison location.The ladies must escape to freedom or end up dating Vernon
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Kingdom of the Spiders - FANGORIA
Google News - over 5 years
... no anger. beautiful. and despite her quivering hand, tiffany bolling sells the scene completely. woody strode, college football teammate of jackie robinson's and also a barrier-breaking professional athlete in the 40's, is awesome as farmer walter
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Tarantino In Franco Nero's Western? - Empire Online
Google News - over 5 years
Sounds like a nice little nod to Once Upon a Time in the West, where Charles Bronson guns down classic Western veterans Jack Elam, Woody Strode and Al Mulock in the film's opening minutes (legend has it that it was supposed to be Clint Eastwood,
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Americans compile CFL encyclopedia - Calgary Herald
Google News - over 5 years
Does anyone remember that Woody Strode broke the NFL's colour barrier with the Los Angeles Rams before finishing his football career with the Calgary Stampeders? Strode played for three seasons -1948-50 -for
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Film polizieschi italiani anni '70: classifica dei più belli - Cinema Tuttogratis
Google News - over 5 years
Mario Adorf, Henry Silva, Woody Strode, Adolfo Celi, tra gli attori del cast. Franco Nero, Fernando Rey, Delia Boccardo, Silvano Tranquilli, sono alcuni dei protagonisti de La polizia incrimina, la legge assolve, film del 1973 di Enzo G. Castellari
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The Name Game: Team nicknames gone wrong - New York Daily News
Google News - over 5 years
As a stipulation of the move to LA, the Rams sign UCLA's Kenny Washington and Woody Strode, the first African Americans to play in the NFL. In 1995, after a disute of plots of land near Anaheim, owner Georgia Frontiere tried to move the franchise to
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Once Upon a Time in the West - DVD Talk
Google News - over 5 years
Leone cast recognizable American stars Woody Strode and Jack Elam to get gunned down, and for bad luck gave them a third henchman, Al Mulock, the fool that Eli Wallach blasts from his bathtub in The Good, The Bad and The Ugly (GBU)
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Yön kuumuudessa - Iltalehti
Google News - over 5 years
Tänään ehkä Poitier on hiukan liian sileä mies, mutta 60-luvulla ei juuri Hollywoodissa ollut valinnan varaa: Woody Strode olisi ollut toinen mahdollisuus, mutta ilmeisesti liian "afrikkalainen"... (105 min)
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A decade of Ad Noiseam - Eclectro - eclectische elektronica
Google News - almost 6 years
Wormskull “Woody Strode”, taken from “Sound of Hell” (Ad Noiseam adn144) 2. Mobthrow “Rainwolf”, taken from “Mobthrow” (Ad Noiseam adn141) 3. Funckarma “Nays Of Dight”, taken from “Dubstoned vol. 2″ (Ad Noiseam adn99) 4. Hecq “Sura”, taken from “Sura”
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Bob Dylan zum Siebzigsten - FAZ - Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
Google News - almost 6 years
November 1961, als Dylan seine allererste Platte einspielte, eine Szene wie aus dem John-Ford-Western „Der Mann, der Liberty Valance erschoss“ aus dem folgenden Jahr: Schwarz (in Gestalt von Woody Strode) und Weiß (in Gestalt von John Wayne und James
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Tarantino's Inspiration? Fernando Di Leo Crime Collection - Technorati
Google News - almost 6 years
The international cast includes Henry Silva and Woody Strode as cold-blooded American hit men, Cyril Cusack, Sylva Koscina, and Jessica Dublin. Also known as Wipeout!, 1973's The Boss is Di Leo's most blatant commentary on corruption
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Obama sí es «El sargento negro» - La Nueva España
Google News - almost 6 years
Las espadas están en alto, pero de momento Obama ha sacado pecho como el mítico sargento negro que interpretara en el celuloide Woody Strode en «Sergeant Rutledge» (1960). La película de Ford que construyó por primera vez hace cincuenta años un héroe
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USC Fooball: The 20 Greatest Coliseum Sporting Events - Bleacher Report
Google News - almost 6 years
Former UCLA Bruins Kenny Washington and Woody Strode would play for the Rams in 1946 but who would go on to lose to Philadelphia 25-14 in this game. Strode would go on to a Hollywood career in film while Washington would make his mark on the gridiron
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Joe Perry, Hall of Fame Back, Dies at 84
NYTimes - almost 6 years
Joe Perry, the San Francisco 49ers' Hall of Fame fullback who was one of the first black stars in modern professional football, died Monday in Tempe, Ariz. He was 84. The cause was complications of dementia, which he had had for about 10 years, said his wife, Donna. She said that Perry's physician believed the dementia was caused by football
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Woody Strode
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1994
    Age 79
    Strode died of lung cancer on December 31, 1994, in Glendora, California, aged 80.
    More Details Hide Details He is buried at Riverside National Cemetery in Riverside, California. Main character Sheriff Woody of the Toy Story animated movies by Pixar is named after Strode.
  • 1982
    Age 67
    In 1982, he wed Tina Tompson, and they remained married until his death.
    More Details Hide Details Strode was a dedicated martial artist under the direction of Frank Landers in the art of SeishinDo Kenpo. His son Kalai aka Kalaeloa Strode was a candidate in the 2010 special election for the 1st congressional district of Hawaii. Kalai died of cancer on November 27, 2014 at the age of 67.
  • 1980
    Age 65
    They were married until her death in 1980.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1966
    Age 51
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Another notable part was as a gunslinger in the opening sequence of Sergio Leone's Once Upon a Time in the West (1968); after this, he appeared in several other spaghetti Westerns of lesser quality. His starring role as a thinly-disguised Patrice Lumumba in Seduto alla sua destra (released in the U.S. as Black Jesus) garnered Strode a great deal of press at the time, but the film is largely forgotten now. He remained a visible character actor throughout the 1970s and 1980s in such films as Scream (1981), and has become widely regarded (along with Sidney Poitier and Brock Peters) as one of the most important black film actors of his time. His last film was The Quick and the Dead (1995), which starred Gene Hackman, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Russell Crowe. The closing credits dedicate the film to Strode.
  • FORTIES
  • 1962
    Age 47
    He was billed as the Pacific Coast Heavyweight Wrestling Champion and the Pacific Coast Negro Heavyweight Wrestling Champion in 1962.
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  • 1960
    Age 45
    Strode played a heroic sailor on a sinking ship in the 1960 film The Last Voyage.
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  • 1958
    Age 43
    Strode played memorable villains opposite three screen Tarzans. In 1958, he appeared as Ramo opposite Gordon Scott in Tarzan's Fight for Life.
    More Details Hide Details 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. In the late 1960s, he appeared in several episodes of the Ron Ely Tarzan television series. Strode played the part of Binnaburra in "Incident of the Boomerang" on Rawhide in 1961. Strode's other television work included a role as the Grand Mogul in the Batman episodes "Marsha, Queen of Diamonds" and "Marsha's Scheme of Diamonds," appearing also in the third season of the Daniel Boone television series as the slave/wrestler Goliath in the episode of the same name.
  • 1955
    Age 40
    He appeared once on Johnny Weismuller's 1955–1956 syndicated television series Jungle Jim.
    More Details Hide Details He became a close friend of director John Ford, who gave him the title role in Sergeant Rutledge (1960) as a member of the Ninth Cavalry falsely accused of rape and murder; he appeared in smaller roles in Ford's later films Two Rode Together (1961), The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962), and 7 Women (1966). Strode was very close to the director. During Ford's declining years, Strode once spent four months sleeping on the director's floor as his caretaker, and he was later present at Ford's death.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1952
    Age 37
    Also, he appeared in several episodes of the 1952–1954 television series "Ramar of the Jungle", where he portrayed an African warrior.
    More Details Hide Details He played dual roles (billed as "Woodrow Strode") in The Ten Commandments (1956) as an Ethiopian king as well as a slave, and in 1959 portrayed the cowardly Private Franklin in Pork Chop Hill.
  • 1951
    Age 36
    He played an African warrior in The Lion Hunters in Monogram's Bomba the Jungle Boy series in 1951.
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  • 1949
    Age 34
    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.
    More Details Hide Details In 1952, Strode wrestled almost every week from August 12, 1952 to December 10, 1952 in different cities in California.
  • 1948
    Age 33
    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.
    More Details Hide Details In 1941, Strode had dabbled for several months in professional wrestling.
  • 1946
    Age 31
    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.
    More Details Hide Details No black men had played in the NFL from 1933 to 1946. UCLA teammate Jackie Robinson would go on to break the color barrier in Major League baseball (in fact, all three had played in the semi-professional Pacific Coast Professional Football League earlier in the decade).
  • TWENTIES
  • 1939
    Age 24
    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.
    More Details Hide Details It was the first UCLA–USC rivalry football game with national implications. When World War II broke out, Strode was playing for the Hollywood Bears Football team but soon joined the United States Army Air Corps and spent the war unloading bombs in Guam and the Marianas, as well as playing on the Army football team at March Field in Riverside, California. After the war, he worked at serving subpoenas and escorting prisoners for the LA County District Attorney's Office before being signed, briefly, to the Los Angeles Rams along with Kenny Washington. They were the first African-American players to play in the NFL for many years. When out on the road with the team, Strode had his first experience with racism, something he wasn't aware of growing up in Los Angeles. "We were unconscious of color. We used to sit in the best seats at the Cocoanut Grove listening to Donald Novis sing. If someone said, "there's a Negro over there,' I was just as apt as anyone to turn around and say 'Where?' I had a black principal in my grammar school when I was a kid. On the Pacific Coast there wasn't anything we couldn't do. As we got out of the L.A. area we found these racial tensions. Hell, we thought we were white."
  • 1936
    Age 21
    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).
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1914
    Born
    Born on July 25, 1914.
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