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Howard E Rollins Jr

Virgil Tibbs in In the heat of the night

Photos Howard E Rollins Jr Birth name: Howard Ellsworth Rollins Jr
Birth date: 1950/10/17
Date of death : 1996/12/08 (46 years old)
Birth place : Baltimore Maryland
Height: 1.83 m

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Biography for Howard E Rollins Jr

Howard E. Rollins Jr. was born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1950. He was the youngest of four children born to Howard E. Rollins Sr. (steelworker) and Ruth R. Rollins (domestic worker). Rollins graduated from Towson State College, where he studied theater. His first break into acting came when a friend convinced him to try out for a role in "Of Mice and Men" at a local Baltimore theater. He surprised himself with his acting talent.

He left for New York City in 1974 to further his acting career. Rollins earned an Oscar nomination for the role of Coalhouse Walker Jr. in Ragtime (1981) and an Emmy nomination for Best Supporting Actor on the ABC daytime drama "Another World" (1964). He is also known for his brilliant portrayal of Virgil Tibbs on the long running hit TV series "In the Heat of the Night" (1988), based on the 1967 movie of the same name. In 1995, he made his final feature film appearance in Drunks (1995).

Rollins was diagnosed with lymphoma in late 1996. Six weeks later, he died of complications from the disease at the age of 46.


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Title Role
Harambee! (1996) (TV) (as Howard Rollins) Chimbuko
Drunks (1995) (as Howard Rollins) Joseph
In the Heat of the Night: Who Was Geli Bendl? (1994) (TV) Virgil Tibbs
With Murder in Mind (1992/I) (TV) (as Howard Rollins) Samuel Carver
On the Block (1990) Clay Beasley
In the Heat of the Night (1988) TV Series Chief of Detectives/Attorney Virgil Tibbs (1988-1993, 1994)
The Children of Times Square (1986) (TV) Otis Travis
The Boy King (1986) (TV) Martin Luther King Sr.
Johnnie Mae Gibson: FBI (1986) (TV) (as Howard Rollins) T.C. Russell
Wildside (1985) TV Series Bannister Sparks (1985)
He's Fired, She's Hired (1984) (TV) Raoul
A Soldier's Story (1984) Capt. Davenport
A Doctor's Story (1984) (TV) Dr. Zack Williams
House of Dies Drear (1984) (TV) Walter Small
The House of God (1984) Chuck Johnston
For Us the Living: The Medgar Evers Story (1983) (TV) Medgar Evers
Another World (1964) TV Series Ed Harding (1982)
The Neighborhood (1982) (TV) Allen Campbell
The Member of the Wedding (1982) (TV) Honey Brown
Ragtime (1981) Coalhouse Walker Jr.
Thornwell (1981) (TV) Carson
My Old Man (1979) (TV) Doctor
Roots: The Next Generations (1979) (mini) TV Series George Haley
King (1978) (mini) TV Series (as Howard Rollins) Andrew Young
The Trial of the Moke (1978) (TV)
All My Children (1970) TV Series F. B. I. Agent (early 1980s)


Listed as one of twelve "Promising New Actors of 1981" in John Willis' Screen World, Vol. 33.

Battled substance abuse problems for many years before his untimely death.


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