Summary: comic actor best known for playing the Tin Man alongside Diana Ross and Michael Jackson in the 1978 movie musical The Wiz, who enjoyed a decades-long career on stage, TV, and film that began with a TV role as Officer Anderson in the 1961 series Car 54, Where Are You?, and who became a fixture on popular TV game and talk shows, where he was welcomed for his poetic delivery that won him the moniker "The Poet Laureate of Television."
Cause of Death: Cancer
Born: September 15, 1918
Died: October 2, 2005
Location: New York City, New York