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Carl Lee (actor)

Carl Lee (actor)

American actor
Carl Lee (actor)
The basics

Quick Facts

Intro American actor
Was Actor Television actor
From United States of America
Type Film, TV, Stage & Radio
Gender male
Birth 22 November 1926, New York City
Death 17 April 1986, New York City (aged 59 years)
Father: Canada Lee
The details (from wikipedia)


Carl Lee (November 22, 1926 – April 17, 1986), born Carl Vincent Canegata, was an American actor. He was also the son of actor/professional boxer Canada Lee (1907–1952).
In a 2000 interview, filmmaker James Toback stated, "In the sort of hip world of New York, Carl Lee was the hip-black-actor icon. He was for hip people what Sidney Poitier was for mainstream people."
Lee played a heroin dealer, the title role in the Obie Award-winning play The Connection. He later appeared in the film version.
Lee, who made his first film appearance in the 1954 film Human Desire, went on to appear in such films as A Man Called Adam in 1966 opposite Sammy Davis, Jr. and Cicely Tyson, and the now classic blaxploitation film Superfly (with the late Ron O'Neal) in 1972. He also appeared in various television roles in such shows as The Defenders, Mannix, and Good Times ("Willona's Surprise", 1977) in a memorable performance in which he portrayed Willona Woods's ex-husband Ray, who makes sexual advances towards Thelma (Bernadette Stanis).
Lee suffered a heroin addiction which led to his death.

Acting filmography

  • Keeping On (1981)...as Davis
  • Good Times (1977)...as Ray Woods in "Willona's Surprise" (1 episode)
  • Serpico (1976)...as Carothers in "The Deadly Game" (1 episode)
  • Barbary Coast (1975)...as Currier in "Jesse Who?" (1 episode)
  • Mannix (1975)...as Ginger in "Hardball" (1 episode)
  • Caribe(1975)...as Haines in "The Mercenary" (1 episode)
  • The Defenders (1965)...as Philip Dunning in "Eyewitness" (1 episode)
  • The Nurses (1963)...as Lonnie Hill in "Express Stop from Lenox Avenue" (1 episode)
  • Exposed (1983) ...as Duke
  • Gordon's War (1973)...as Bee Bishop
  • Super Fly (1972)...as Eddie
  • Werewolves on Wheels (1971)
  • Pound (1970)...Thief
  • The Landlord (1970)...as Carl
  • Portrait of Jason (1967) as off-screen voice; director Shirley Clarke
  • A Man Called Adam (1966)
  • The Cool World (1964)...as Priest
  • The Connection (1962)...Cowboy
  • Human Desire (1954) (uncredited)...as John Thurston

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