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Howard E. Rollins, Jr.
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    (October 17, 1950-December 8, 1996)
    Played Virgil Tibbs opposite Carroll O'Connor in the TV series 'In The Heat Of The Night' (1988-1993, 1994)
    Acted in soaps 'All My Children' and 'Another World'
    Acted in 'Ragtime (1981),' 'The House of God (1984),' 'A Soldier's Story (1984),' 'On the Block (1990)' and 'Drunks (1995)'
    Died of complications from lymphomas at age 46
    He has been credited under the names Howard E. Rollins, Jr., Howard Rollins, Jr., Howard E. Rollins and Howard Rollins (make up your mind).
    He struggled with substance abuse problems.
    His last movie, 'Drunks,' he talked of sobriety at an AA meeting while battling alcohol addiction in real life.
    He studied theater and graduated from Towson State College.
    He earned an Oscar and Golden Globe nomination for his Coalhouse Walker, Jr. role in 'Ragtime' (1982).
    He earned an Emmy nomination for Best Supporting Actor on the TV soap 'Another World' (1982).
    He died just 6 weeks after finding out he developed lymphomas (December 8, 1996).
    He was given a memorial tribute at the 69th Annual Academy Awards (1997).

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