Friday, February 24, 2012

"White Man's Town...Black Man's Law!"

My final sketch for Black Action Hero week is the great Fred Williamson in his role as...uh...the only more offensively named character "The Hammer" played after Capt. Oliver "Spearchucker" Jones in Robert Altman's M*A*S*H (1970).

Fred Williamson started his career in the spotlight playing professional football for both the NFL & AFL until 1967. One of Fred's first roles was as an alien in an episode of Star Trek (which in an interview, I recall him saying that he only agreed to it because he got to "kick Capt. Kirk's @$$").  Fred became a staple of the blaxploitation genre starring in huge hits like Black Caesar (1973) and Bucktown (1975) before becoming a staple in european exploitation films like the original Inglorious Bastards (1977) and 1990: Bronx Warriors (1982).  During the 70's, Fred also formed his own production company and began producing and directing his own films.  Fred continues to make appearances in major movies like From Dusk Til Dawn (1996) and the remake of Starsky and Hutch (2004).

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