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THE DEATH OF HOWARD ROLLINS
THE DEATH OF HOWARD ROLLINS
Published: 2015/09/01
Channel: THE REAPER FILES
Howard Rollins Jr.
Howard Rollins Jr.
Published: 2009/03/12
Channel: evemag13
SPOTLIGHT Howard Rollins Tribute
SPOTLIGHT Howard Rollins Tribute
Published: 2012/09/21
Channel: Hanburycross
The Neighborhood (1982) Howard E. Rollins, Jr., Sheryl Lee Ralph, Christine Belford, Michael Gross
The Neighborhood (1982) Howard E. Rollins, Jr., Sheryl Lee Ralph, Christine Belford, Michael Gross
Published: 2016/01/20
Channel: manfocused
THE DEATH OF MICHAEL EVANS
THE DEATH OF MICHAEL EVANS
Published: 2015/09/01
Channel: THE REAPER FILES
Johnnie Gibson: F.B.I. (1986) Lynn Whitfield, Howard E. Rollins, Jr., Richard Lawson
Johnnie Gibson: F.B.I. (1986) Lynn Whitfield, Howard E. Rollins, Jr., Richard Lawson
Published: 2017/08/12
Channel: manfocused
In the Heat of the Night NBC Ident Bumper Howard Rollins
In the Heat of the Night NBC Ident Bumper Howard Rollins
Published: 2016/09/22
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In the Heat of the Night 1st episode, Mr. Tibbs setting the record straight
In the Heat of the Night 1st episode, Mr. Tibbs setting the record straight
Published: 2016/10/06
Channel: Johanna Thatsall
A Doctor
A Doctor's Story (1984) Howard E. Rollins, Jr., Art Carney, Anna Maria Horsford
Published: 2016/01/20
Channel: manfocused
AT&T Ad 3 (1986)
AT&T Ad 3 (1986)
Published: 2011/07/25
Channel: RetroBlackMedia
howard Rollins T Graham Brown and Alan Autry   on FOCUS
howard Rollins T Graham Brown and Alan Autry on FOCUS
Published: 2012/12/18
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Raiders of the Lost Ark Wins Art Direction: 1982 Oscars
Raiders of the Lost Ark Wins Art Direction: 1982 Oscars
Published: 2015/06/22
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A Soldier
A Soldier's Story
Published: 2015/08/21
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Howard Rollins
Howard Rollins
Published: 2013/12/10
Channel: Darryl Edric Pugh, Sr.
Pay The Toll - Ragtime (3/10) Movie CLIP (1981) HD
Pay The Toll - Ragtime (3/10) Movie CLIP (1981) HD
Published: 2012/03/03
Channel: Movieclips
Harambee! -- 1996 (TV Movie About Kwanzaa) Howard E. Rollins, Jr., Merlin Santana
Harambee! -- 1996 (TV Movie About Kwanzaa) Howard E. Rollins, Jr., Merlin Santana
Published: 2016/01/18
Channel: manfocused
Howard Rollins - Early life
Howard Rollins - Early life
Published: 2017/01/29
Channel: ai.pictures
Henry Rollins Doesn
Henry Rollins Doesn't Hold Back About His Thoughts Of Howard Stern's Show
Published: 2015/12/17
Channel: Rock Entertainment TV
1991 WTVZ Promo (For Us, The Living).wmv
1991 WTVZ Promo (For Us, The Living).wmv
Published: 2011/02/15
Channel: HamptonRoadsTVFan
Ragtime-Howard E. Rollins Rest in Power
Ragtime-Howard E. Rollins Rest in Power
Published: 2015/01/18
Channel: Peter Brown
Christmas Music - Randall Franks interview about Howard Rollins - In the Heat of the Night.wmv
Christmas Music - Randall Franks interview about Howard Rollins - In the Heat of the Night.wmv
Published: 2012/12/11
Channel: Randall Franks
Henry Rollins Makes Fun Of Marilyn Manson
Henry Rollins Makes Fun Of Marilyn Manson
Published: 2015/12/17
Channel: Rock Entertainment TV
Preview Clip: House of Dies Drear (1984, starring Howard E. Rollins)
Preview Clip: House of Dies Drear (1984, starring Howard E. Rollins)
Published: 2016/11/13
Channel: Department of Afro-American Research Arts Culture
Howard Rollins Jr. (www.mortenahistoria.blogspot.com)
Howard Rollins Jr. (www.mortenahistoria.blogspot.com)
Published: 2013/01/25
Channel: Luciano J. A. Urpia
Henry Rollins Tells The Whole Story In Detail About When His Friend Got Murdered
Henry Rollins Tells The Whole Story In Detail About When His Friend Got Murdered
Published: 2015/12/17
Channel: Rock Entertainment TV
Howard Stern Confronts Henry Rollins About Dennis Cole
Howard Stern Confronts Henry Rollins About Dennis Cole's Murder Conspiracy Allegations
Published: 2016/08/12
Channel: StephenAndrew777
2006 - Henry Rollins on Sex, and why he wasn
2006 - Henry Rollins on Sex, and why he wasn't interested in marrying or having a girlfriend
Published: 2016/01/07
Channel: JPMcFly1985Two #FeelTheBern
ASoldiersStory.m4v
ASoldiersStory.m4v
Published: 2012/06/06
Channel: Roy Horan
A Soldier
A Soldier's Story 1984 Movie
Published: 2014/02/23
Channel: Video Detective
HTVOD   Henry Rollins Visits   03 15 01 WDM
HTVOD Henry Rollins Visits 03 15 01 WDM
Published: 2016/05/18
Channel: high quality howard HTVOD
Classic HTVOD Henry Rollins Visits & KC Can
Classic HTVOD Henry Rollins Visits & KC Can't Help Himself 03 15 01
Published: 2017/01/09
Channel: Maria Ernesto
Howard, Rollins lead Phillies past slumping Mets Philadelphia Phillies vs  New York Mets
Howard, Rollins lead Phillies past slumping Mets Philadelphia Phillies vs New York Mets
Published: 2014/05/11
Channel: MLB HD
Clean This Up - Ragtime (4/10) Movie CLIP (1981) HD
Clean This Up - Ragtime (4/10) Movie CLIP (1981) HD
Published: 2012/03/03
Channel: Movieclips
Henry Rollins
Henry Rollins' Thoughts About Howard Stern
Published: 2015/12/17
Channel: Rock Entertainment TV
Howard E. Rollins Jr.
Howard E. Rollins Jr.
Published: 2016/08/20
Channel: The Wild Watch
Howard Stern On Demand Henry Rollins And Robins Rarty !
Howard Stern On Demand Henry Rollins And Robins Rarty !
Published: 2016/04/29
Channel: Averil Lyssa
Ragtime (10/10) Movie CLIP - Such a Rage In My Heart (1981) HD
Ragtime (10/10) Movie CLIP - Such a Rage In My Heart (1981) HD
Published: 2012/03/03
Channel: Movieclips
Henry Rollins Gives Great Tips On Weight Lifting And Dieting
Henry Rollins Gives Great Tips On Weight Lifting And Dieting
Published: 2015/12/17
Channel: Rock Entertainment TV
Ragtime (5/10) Movie CLIP - I Spent My Whole Life Forgetting (1981) HD
Ragtime (5/10) Movie CLIP - I Spent My Whole Life Forgetting (1981) HD
Published: 2012/03/03
Channel: Movieclips
Angry Guy Calls And Lashes Out At Henry Rollins
Angry Guy Calls And Lashes Out At Henry Rollins
Published: 2015/12/17
Channel: Rock Entertainment TV
In The Heat of the Night,Grapevine and Play To Win_Charles_Reese
In The Heat of the Night,Grapevine and Play To Win_Charles_Reese
Published: 2013/09/05
Channel: Charles Reese
Henry Rollins on Bono, Sting and the Spice Girls
Henry Rollins on Bono, Sting and the Spice Girls
Published: 2016/04/21
Channel: snupcho
Ragtime (7/10) Movie CLIP - Taking Over Morgan Library (1981) HD
Ragtime (7/10) Movie CLIP - Taking Over Morgan Library (1981) HD
Published: 2012/03/03
Channel: Movieclips
Paul Benjamin "In The Heat Of The Night"
Paul Benjamin "In The Heat Of The Night"
Published: 2009/09/18
Channel: Harold Pritchett
HIMSS 2012 - Shareable Ink, Stephen S. Hau, Howard Rollins
HIMSS 2012 - Shareable Ink, Stephen S. Hau, Howard Rollins
Published: 2012/03/20
Channel: EHRtv
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L'ispettore Tibbs 1987 Sigla (In the Heat of the Night)
Published: 2016/09/24
Channel: La biblioteca dei ricordi
Henry Rollins Explains Why He Hates Bono And Sting So Much
Henry Rollins Explains Why He Hates Bono And Sting So Much
Published: 2015/12/17
Channel: Rock Entertainment TV
Henry Rollins About His Controversy With Jay Leno
Henry Rollins About His Controversy With Jay Leno
Published: 2015/12/17
Channel: Rock Entertainment TV
Henry Rollins - Liar - Higher Quality
Henry Rollins - Liar - Higher Quality
Published: 2013/07/31
Channel: Kyle Kennedy
ALL-TIME PHILLIES SQUAD! 99 SCHMIDT, 97 UTLEY, 96 ROLLINS, 95 HAMELS, 94 HOWARD!
ALL-TIME PHILLIES SQUAD! 99 SCHMIDT, 97 UTLEY, 96 ROLLINS, 95 HAMELS, 94 HOWARD!
Published: 2016/08/25
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Howard Rollins
Howardrollinspiano.jpg
Rollins in Ragtime, 1981.
Born Howard Ellsworth Rollins, Jr.
(1950-10-17)October 17, 1950
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
Died December 8, 1996(1996-12-08) (aged 46)
New York, New York, U.S.
Cause of death Complications from lymphoma
Resting place Woodlawn Cemetery, Baltimore
Nationality American
Other names Howard Rollins, Jr.
Howard E. Rollins
Howard E. Rollins, Jr.
Alma mater Towson State University
Occupation Actor
Years active 1970–1996

Howard Ellsworth Rollins, Jr. (October 17, 1950 – December 8, 1996) was an American stage, film and television actor. Howard Rollins was best known for his role as Andrew Young in 1978's King, George Haley in the 1979 miniseries Roots:The Next Generations, Coalhouse Walker, Jr. in the 1981 film Ragtime, Captain Davenport in the 1984 film A Soldier's Story, and as Virgil Tibbs on the crime drama for NBC/CBS, In the Heat of the Night.

Early life[edit]

Rollins was the youngest of four children born to Ruth and Howard Ellsworth Rollins, Sr. in Baltimore, Maryland. His mother was a domestic worker while his father was a steelworker. Rollins, Sr. died of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis in 1980. Upon his high school graduation, Rollins studied theater at Towson University.[1][2]

Career[edit]

In 1970, Rollins left college early to play the role of "Slick" in the PBS soap opera Our Street. In 1974, he moved to New York City where he went on to appear in the Broadway productions of We Interrupt This Program..., in 1975, The Mighty Gents in 1978, and G. R. Point in 1979. He also appeared in the miniseries King and Roots: The Next Generations.[1]

In 1981, Rollins made his film debut in the Dino De Laurentiis/Miloš Forman motion picture, Ragtime. His performance in the film earned him an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor nomination. He also earned a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture and New Star of the Year in a Motion Picture. The following year, he was nominated for a Daytime Emmy for his role on Another World. In 1984, Rollins starred in director Norman Jewison's film, A Soldier's Story which led to his role as Virgil Tibbs on In the Heat of the Night, the television series based on Jewison's acclaimed film 1967 film of the same name.

In the Heat of the Night began airing on NBC in 1988. During the show's run, Rollins struggled with an addiction to drugs and alcohol. He was arrested four times for drug and alcohol-related crimes and spent one month in jail for reckless driving and driving under the influence. Due to his ongoing personal and legal issues, Rollins was let go from the series in 1994 and replaced by Carl Weathers.[2]

After being let go from In the Heat of the Night, Rollins got sober and worked on rebuilding his career and reputation.[2] In 1995, he appeared in a guest role on New York Undercover, followed by a role in the theatrical film, Drunks. In 1996, he appeared in a guest role on Remember WENN. His final acting role was in the 1996 PBS television movie Harambee!.

Personal life[edit]

Legal issues[edit]

In 1988, Rollins was arrested and pled guilty to cocaine possession in Louisiana. In 1992 and 1993, he was arrested on three separate occasions for driving under the influence. In 1994, he served a month in jail for reckless driving and driving under the influence. Because of continued legal problems, Rollins was ultimately dropped from In the Heat of the Night.[3] After attending drug rehab, he returned to In the Heat of the Night as a guest star.[4]

Death[edit]

On December 8, 1996, Rollins died at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center in New York City of complications of AIDS-related lymphoma. He had been diagnosed with the disease approximately six weeks earlier. His funeral was held on December 13 in Baltimore.[5] He was entombed in Woodlawn Cemetery Mausoleum in Baltimore County, Maryland. He was cremated.

Legacy[edit]

On October 25, 2006, a wax statue of Rollins was unveiled at the Senator Theatre in Baltimore. The statue is now at Baltimore's Great Blacks in Wax Museum.[6]

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Title Role Notes
1981 Ragtime Coalhouse Walker Jr. Nominated—Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor - Motion Picture
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year - Actor
Nominated—New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor (4th place)
1984 A Soldier's Story Captain Davenport
1984 The House of God Chuck Johnston
1990 On the Block Clay Beasley
1995 Drunks Joseph
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1978 The Trial of the Moke Television movie
1978 King Andrew Young Miniseries
Credited as Howard Rollins
1979 Roots: The Next Generations George Haley Miniseries
1979 My Old Man Doctor Television movie
1981 Thornwell Carson Television movie
1982 The Neighborhood Allen Campbell Television movie
1982 The Member of the Wedding Honey Brown Television movie
1982 Another World Ed Harding Unknown episodes
Nominated - Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
1983 For Us the Living: The Medgar Evers Story Medgar Evers Television movie
1983 Moving Right Along Unknown episodes
1984 House of Dies Drear Walter Small Television movie
1984 A Doctor's Story Dr. Zack Williams Television movie
1984 He's Fired, She's Hired Raoul Television movie
1985 Wildside Bannister Sparks 6 episodes
1986 The Boy King Martin Luther King, Sr. Television movie
1986 The Children of Times Square Otis Travis Television movie
1986 Johnnie Mae Gibson: FBI T.C. Russell Television movie
1988-1995 In the Heat of the Night Chief of Detectives Virgil Tibbs 121 episodes
1992 With Murder in Mind Samuel Carver Television movie
1994 In the Heat of the Night: Who Was Geli Bendl? Virgil Tibbs Television movie
1995 New York Undercover Reverend Hundley Episode: "The Smoking Section"
1996 Remember WENN George Smith Episode: "The Emperor Smith"
1996 Harambee! Chimbuko Television movie, (Last appearance)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Eady, Brenda (1984-10-01). "Howard Rollins' Stalled Career Marches on with a Soldier's Story". People. Retrieved 2008-06-06. 
  2. ^ a b c Cerio, Gregory (December 23, 1996). "Requiem for Mister Tibbs". people.com. Retrieved January 30, 2013. 
  3. ^ Blumenthal, Ralph (1996-12-10). "Howard Rollins Is Dead at 50 Star in TV's 'Heat of the Night'". New York Times. Retrieved June 6, 2008. 
  4. ^ "Actor Howard Rollins, 46, succumbs in New York". Jet. December 23, 1996. Retrieved 2008-06-06. 
  5. ^ "'Heat of the Night' actor dies". The Robesonian. December 10, 1996. p. 5A. Retrieved January 30, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Howard Rollins Unveiling at Senator Theater". National Great Blacks In Wax Museum. Retrieved October 8, 2007. 

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