Summary: stage and film actor best known as star of the surprise hit 1972 movie Superfly who played badass cocaine dealer Youngblood Priest, a role which made him an overnight star and for which he spent much of the rest of his career distancing himself from, and whose post-Superfly credits include movies The Master Gunfighter, When a Stranger Calls and A Force of One, and TV roles like The Equalizer and Bring 'Em Back Alive.
Cause of Death: Pancreatic cancer
Born: September 1, 1937
Died: January 14, 2004
Location: Los Angeles, California