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    • Woody Strode


      Information From IMDb

      Date of Birth
      25 July 1914, Los Angeles, California, USA

      Date of Death
      31 December 1994, Glendora, California, USA (lung cancer)

      Birth Name
      Woodrow Wilson Woolwine Strode

      6' 4" (1.93 m)

      Tina (10 May 1982 - 31 December 1994) (his death)
      Luana Strode (1940 - 1980) (her death) 2 children

      Strode was one of the first four blacks who integrated major league pro football in 1946. The others were Bill Willis, Marion Motley of the Browns and fellow Ram Kenny Washington.

      The Rams gave Kenny Washington a tryout when they moved to L.A., and hired lineman Strode to be his roommate.

      Prior to 1946, Strode played semi-pro ball.

      Strode played several seasons for the Calgary Stampeders in the Canadian Football League before moving back to the United States and beginning his film career.

      Former pro football player.

      Strode posed for one of two paintings commissioned by Adolf Hitler for the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin.

      Reportedly, his favorite film from his career is Sergeant Rutledge (1960).

      Was a close friend of John Ford from the early 1960s until Ford's death, with Ford having preferred Strode's company over most other actors when the director became ill from cancer. Somewhat controversially, Ford usually waved off claims his films were racist by saying things like, "But my best friend Woody Strode is black."

      According to John Capouya's biography of Gorgeous George, Woody paid him a visit late in 1963, and was shocked and saddened to see the extent of his old friend's decline.

      Personal Quotes
      "Simply one of the most ridiculously perfect human specimens to ever walk the Earth." - Todd von Hoffman

      "If you're a nice guy, you can walk into a room anywhere in the world."

      La collina degli stivali (1969) $75,000 for 10 weeks

      Mini Biography
      An athlete turned actor, Strode was a top-notch decathlete and a football star at UCLA. He became part of Hollywood lore after meeting director John Ford and becoming a part of the Ford "family," appearing in four Ford motion pictures. Strode also played the powerful gladiator who does battle with Kirk Douglas in Spartacus (1960)."
      IMDb Mini Biography By: Ray Hamel

      Mini Biography-2
      Played college football and broke color barrier at the same time as Kenny Washington. Met his wife, a Hawaiian princess and stand-in for the swim sequences for Dorothy Lamour. Woody played for the Los Angeles Rams after their move from Cleveland. He was also a professional wrestler, wrestling the likes of Gorgeous George. Woody lived in a modest home overlooking Glendora and the San Gabriel Valley, north east of Los Angeles about 25 miles.
      IMDb Mini Biography By: Bob Rea

      1. The Quick and the Dead (1995) .... Charlie Moonlight
      ... aka "Quick & Dead" - Japan (English title)
      2. Posse (1993) .... Storyteller
      3. Storyville (1992) .... Charlie Sumpter
      4. A Gathering of Old Men (1987) (TV) .... Yank
      5. On Fire (1987) (TV) .... Woody
      6. Lust in the Dust (1985) .... Blackman, Hard Case Gang
      7. The Cotton Club (1984) .... Holmes
      8. Euer Weg führt durch die Hölle (1984) .... Luther
      ... aka "Jungle Warriors" - USA, West Germany (video title)
      9. L'ultimo guerriero (1984) .... Sam
      ... aka "The Final Executioner" - International (English title)
      ... aka "The Final Executioner" - Japan (English title)
      10. Razza violenta (1984) .... Polo
      ... aka "The Violent Breed" - International (English title), Philippines (English title)
      ... aka "Real Soulja" - USA (video title)
      11. The Black Stallion Returns (1983) .... Meslar
      12. Vigilante (1983) .... Rake
      ... aka "Street Fighters" - Belgium (English title) (video title)
      13. Horror Safari (1982) .... Cal
      ... aka "Safari of No Return" - International (English title)
      14. Angkor: Cambodia Express (1982) .... Woody
      ... aka "Kampuchea Express" - USA (video title)
      15. "Fantasy Island" .... Makalo (1 episode, 1981)
      - The Proxy Billionaire/The Experiment (1981) TV episode .... Makalo
      16. Scream (1981) .... Charlie Winters
      17. "The Dukes of Hazzard" .... Willie (1 episode, 1980)
      - The Great Santa Claus Chase (1980) TV episode .... Willie
      18. Cuba Crossing (1980) .... Titi
      19. "Buck Rogers in the 25th Century" .... Sergeant 'Big Red' MacMurthy (1 episode, 1979)
      - Return of the Fighting 69th (1979) TV episode .... Sergeant 'Big Red' MacMurthy
      20. Jaguar Lives! (1979) .... Sensei
      21. Ravagers (1979) .... Brown
      22. Kingdom of the Spiders (1977) .... Walter Colby
      23. Martinelli, Outside Man (1977) (TV) .... Shaker Thompson
      24. "How the West Was Won" (1977) TV mini-series .... Arapaho Chief
      25. Cowboysan (1977) .... Buddy
      ... aka "Cowboy-San!" - USA (alternative title)
      26. "The Quest" .... Tucker (2 episodes, 1976)
      - The Longest Drive: Part 2 (1976) TV episode .... Tucker
      - The Longest Drive: Part 1 (1976) TV episode .... Tucker
      27. Keoma (1976) .... George
      ... aka "Desperado" - USA (cut version)
      ... aka "Django Rides Again" - USA
      ... aka "Django's Great Return" - USA
      ... aka "Keoma: The Avenger" - USA (dubbed version)
      28. The Quest: The Longest Drive (1976) (TV) .... Tucker
      29. Cuibul salamandrelor (1976) .... Ben
      ... aka "The Billion Dollar Fire" - USA (video title)
      ... aka "The Million Dollar Fire" - International (English title) (literal title)
      ... aka "Oil" - Japan (English title) (TV title)
      30. Winterhawk (1975) .... Big Rude
      31. "The Manhunter" .... Ernie Sutton (1 episode, 1975)
      - Trial by Terror (1975) TV episode .... Ernie Sutton
      32. Colpo in canna (1975) .... Silvera
      ... aka "Loaded Guns" - Philippines (English title)
      33. Noi non siamo angeli (1975) .... Black Bill
      ... aka "We Are No Angels" - Philippines (English title)
      34. Key West (1973) (TV) .... Candy Rhodes
      35. The Gatling Gun (1973) .... Runner the Scout
      36. La mala ordina (1972) .... Frank Webster
      ... aka "Black Kingpin" - USA (video title)
      ... aka "Hired to Kill" - International (English title)
      ... aka "Hit Men" - USA (video title)
      ... aka "Hitmen" - USA (video title)
      ... aka "Man Hunt" - USA (video title)
      ... aka "Manhunt" - USA (video title)
      ... aka "Manhunt in the City" - International (English title)
      ... aka "The Italian Connection" - USA
      37. The Revengers (1972) .... Job
      38. The Last Rebel (1971) .... Duncan
      39. The Deserter (1971) .... Jackson
      ... aka "Ride to Glory" - USA (video title)
      ... aka "The Devil's Backbone" - USA
      40. Scipione detto anche l'africano (1971) .... Massinissa - re di Numidia
      ... aka "Scipio the African" - International (English title)
      41. Breakout (1970) (TV) .... Skip Manion
      42. Ciakmull - L'uomo della vendetta (1970) .... Woody
      ... aka "Chuck Moll" - USA
      43. La collina degli stivali (1969) (as Woody Stroode) .... Thomas
      ... aka "Boot Hill" - USA
      ... aka "Boot Hill: Trinity Rides Again" - USA (video box title)
      44. Che! (1969) .... Guillermo
      45. C'era una volta il West (1968) .... Stony - Member of Frank's Gang
      ... aka "Once Upon a Time in the West" - International (English title), UK, USA
      ... aka "There Was Once the West" - USA (literal English title)
      46. Shalako (1968) .... Chato (Apache chief)
      47. Seduto alla sua destra (1968) .... Maurice Lalubi
      ... aka "Black Jesus" - USA
      ... aka "Seated at His Right" - USA (literal English title)
      ... aka "Super Brother" - USA (unauthorized video title)
      48. "Tarzan" .... Chaka / ... (7 episodes, 1966-1968)
      - End of a Challenge (1968) TV episode .... Bangu
      - The Perils of Charity Jones: Part 2 (1967) TV episode .... Chaka
      - The Perils of Charity Jones: Part 1 (1967) TV episode .... Chaka
      - The Deadly Silence: Part 2 (1966) TV episode .... Sgt. Marshak
      - The Deadly Silence: Part 1 (1966) TV episode .... Sgt. Marshak
      (2 more)
      49. "Batman" .... Grand Mogul (2 episodes, 1966)
      - Marsha's Scheme of Diamonds (1966) TV episode .... Grand Mogul
      - Marsha, Queen of Diamonds (1966) TV episode .... Grand Mogul
      50. The Professionals (1966) .... Jake Sharp
      51. "Daniel Boone" .... Goliath (1 episode, 1966)
      - Goliath (1966) TV episode .... Goliath
      52. 7 Women (1966) .... Lean Warrior
      53. Genghis Khan (1965) .... Sengal
      54. "The Farmer's Daughter" (1 episode, 1964)
      - My Son, the Athlete (1964) TV episode
      55. "The Lieutenant" .... Holt (1 episode, 1964)
      - To Set It Right (1964) TV episode .... Holt
      56. Tarzan's Three Challenges (1963) .... Khan/Dying Leader
      57. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962) .... Pompey
      58. Two Rode Together (1961) .... Stone Calf
      59. "Rawhide" .... Binnaburra / ... (2 episodes, 1961)
      - Incident of the Boomerang (1961) TV episode .... Binnaburra
      - Incident of the Buffalo Soldier (1961) TV episode .... Corporal Gabe Washington
      60. The Sins of Rachel Cade (1961) .... Muwango
      61. Spartacus (1960) .... Draba
      ... aka "Spartacus: Rebel Against Rome" - USA (poster title)
      62. Sergeant Rutledge (1960) .... 1st Sgt. Braxton Rutledge
      ... aka "The Trial of Sergeant Rutledge" - USA
      63. The Last Voyage (1960) .... Hank Lawson
      64. "The Man from Blackhawk" .... Tego (1 episode, 1960)
      - The Savage (1960) TV episode .... Tego
      65. Pork Chop Hill (1959) .... Pvt. Franklin
      66. The Buccaneer (1958) (as Woodrow Strode) .... Toro
      67. Tarzan's Fight for Life (1958) .... Ramo
      68. The Ten Commandments (1956) (as Woodrow Strode) .... King of Ethiopia
      69. "Jungle Jim" .... Zangurna (1 episode, 1955)
      - The Leopard's Paw (1955) TV episode .... Zangurna
      70. Buruuba (1955) .... Native Chief
      71. "Soldiers of Fortune" .... Gulio (1 episode, 1955)
      - Drums of Far Island (1955) TV episode .... Gulio
      72. Son of Sinbad (1955) (uncredited) .... Guard
      73. Jungle Gents (1954) (uncredited) .... Malaka
      74. The Gambler from Natchez (1954) .... Josh
      75. Jungle Man-Eaters (1954) (uncredited) .... One of Native Escorts to Biplane
      76. Demetrius and the Gladiators (1954) (uncredited) .... Gladiator
      77. Mandrake the Magician (1954) (TV) .... Lothar
      78. "Ramar of the Jungle" .... Big Boy / ... (3 episodes, 1953)
      - King of the Watus (1953) TV episode (as Woodrow Strode) .... Chief Naruma
      - Thunder Over Sangoland (1953) TV episode (as Woodrow Strode) .... Big Boy
      - Voice of the Past (1953) TV episode (as Woodrow Strode) .... Na-Hoo
      79. City Beneath the Sea (1953) .... Djion
      80. Androcles and the Lion (1952) .... The Lion
      ... aka "Bernard Shaw's Androcles and the Lion" - UK (complete title), USA (complete title)
      81. Caribbean (1952) .... Esau, MacAllister Guard
      82. "Dangerous Assignment" .... Mongo (1 episode, 1952)
      - The Pat and Mike Story (1952) TV episode .... Mongo
      83. African Treasure (1952) (uncredited) .... Mailman
      84. Bride of the Gorilla (1951) .... Nedo - Policeman
      85. The Lion Hunters (1951) (as Woodrow Strode) .... Walu
      86. No Time for Love (1943) (uncredited) .... Black Sandhog
      87. Star Spangled Rhythm (1942) (uncredited) .... Rochester's motorcycle Chauffeur
      88. Sundown (1941) (uncredited) .... Tribal Policeman
      89. Stagecoach (1939) (uncredited) .... Man in saloon

      1. The Gatling Gun (1973) (stunt archer) (uncredited)

      1. Star Spangled Rhythm (1942) (performer: "Sharp as a Tack")

      1. Black Rodeo (1972) (voice) .... Narrator

      Archive Footage
      1. Classified X (1998) (TV) .... Himself
      2. The 67th Annual Academy Awards (1995) (TV) .... Himself (Memorial Tribute)
      3. Il giustiziere del Bronx (1989) .... Sheriff Warren
      4. "Buck Rogers in the 25th Century"
      - A Blast for Buck (1980) TV episode (uncredited) .... Big Red
      5. Tarzan's Deadly Silence (1970) .... Marshak
      6. Tarzan and the Perils of Charity Jones (1967)
      Best Wishes
      London- England

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    • Re: Pals Of The Saddle- Woody Strode

      Woody Strode who was not only part of the
      The John Ford Stock Company
      but was also a personal friend, and made 4 movies with him.

      Was a close friend of John Ford from the early 1960s until Ford's death, with Ford having preferred Strode's company over most other actors when the director became ill from cancer.

      Woody made 3 films with Duke

      The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)...Pompey
      The Long Voyage Home (1940)... Hank Lawson
      Stagecoach (1939)..Un-credited..Man in saloon

      He was a fine athlete, and to many a perfect speciman of mankind,
      playing many creditable parts, including his fine role
      as Draba in Spartucus.

      His crowning achievement, in most fans eyes,
      his performance as 1st Sgt. Braxton Rutledge
      in Sergeant Rutledge (1960)

      Apparently during the filming of Liberty Valance,
      Ford constantly teased Duke that
      Woody served in the forces and also about his football achievments
      pointing at Woody,

      There's a real footballer
      probably causing tensions between Duke and Woody,
      as a result nearly resulting in a fight!

      A fight Ford could do without,
      and as everyone realised, Duke would probably have lost!
      Woody was 47, and Duke 55, but Strode still had the body
      of the UCLA footballer, he had been 25 years before!!
      An injured Duke, would cost the studio 100's of thousands of dollars,
      in lost shooting time.

      Knowing this Ford pleaded
      Woody, don't hit him!
      Ford, stopped production for a while,
      so the two men could cool off

      For continuity here are the previous posts relating to Woody.
      April 10th 2010
      The Ringo Kid
      Anyone here a fan of Woody Strode? I am.
      Just wondering if anyone else here is a Woody Strode fan? Reason I ask is because recently ive seen him in a couple of his best movies including: Spartacus, Pork Chop Hill, Sergeant Rutledge, The Professionals and of course, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, and found that he always did his best in movies and I think he is very underrated.

      Anyway, im trying for a complete set of Pork Chop Hill lobby cards and a few of them feature him in good scenes along with of course-Gregory Peck.

      What are your favorite films with Strode in them?
      April 12th 2010

      Yes, Carl, come to think of it, he only made one starring film with Duke,
      The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
      and apparently appearing, uncredited in Stagecoach
      and so I never got round to compiling
      a 'Pals Of The Saddle' profile on him!!
      April 12th, 2010

      Strode was also in The Last Voyage and was very good in that role. I thought he was at his very best in Sergeant Rutledge. He was the central character, it was about him and he made the most of it.
      April 12th, 2010

      Thank Jim
      Indeed he was, as Hank Lawson.
      Having not profiled him, I hadn't checked through it all.
      Best Wishes
      London- England

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    • Re: Anyone here a fan of Woody Strode? I am.

      Hi Keith, Jim, thanks much for your input on him. I always liked what I saw him in. Speaking of Sergeant Rutledge, I do have one movie still from that movie but, it only shows Jeffrey Hunter and Constance Towers. Im looking for a couple with Woody in it and will get them soon as I do find some for sale. I know where I can get some with him and Kirk Douglas in: Spartacus-but just cant afford them at this time. Im hoping the seller does not sell them so I cna get them next month ;-))

      Keith, thank you for the profile on him, its a day maker ;-))
      Es Ist Verboten Mit Gefangenen In Einzelhaft Zu Sprechen..
    • Re: Anyone here a fan of Woody Strode? I am.

      ethanedwards wrote:

      Yes, Carl, come to think of it, he only made one starring film with Duke,
      The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
      and apparently appearing, uncredited in Stagecoach
      and so I never got round to compiling
      a 'Pals Of The Saddle' profile on him!!

      Great shot of him in The Professionals.
      Es Ist Verboten Mit Gefangenen In Einzelhaft Zu Sprechen..
    • Re: Anyone here a fan of Woody Strode?

      I have always been a fan of Woody Strode. The earliest movie I remember him in was "The Ten Commandments" - he was the Ethiopian king who pays his respects to the Pharaoh near the beginning of the movie. He also had a double role as one of the entourage of Pharaoh's sister that arrives at the Moses' home just before the first Passover!
      Cheers - Jay:beer:
      "Not hardly!!!"
    • Re: Pals Of The Saddle- Woody Strode

      After seeing "Spartacus", I sat through anything with Woody Strode in it.
      I thought that he was exceptional in "The Professionals". One scene that hit me was when the four are scouting Raza's camp, Lee Marvin tells Woody to quiet the horses - which made no sense since Robert Ryan was the horse master/wrangler. Then I realized that after the topless Si Si Chicquita was shown in the next scene that the film makers had to have the black guy out of the way.

      We deal in lead, friend.
    • Re: Anyone here a fan of Woody Strode? I am.

      Hi Keith, sorry its been so long since last visit and current reply but, thanks and im looking forward to seeing your work on Woody Strode. Oh and, a VERY nice, kind gent gave me one of his Movie Stills from Spartacus-which is a great shot of both Kirk Douglas and Woody Strode in the Gladiators Arena just befor ethey start fighting. I have this and about 80 other movie still images on a photo CD and I already have extra copies of it made. If you would like a copy? please send me your address and ill send you a copy of it. Also on it are many many more images of many movies you have profiled-both War and Western.

      Hi Jim, ive never heard of that movie? is it somkind of a sea adventure movie? A few favorite Strode movies of mine are: Pork Chop Hill, Spartacus, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, The Professionals and of course: Sergeant Rutledge ;-))
      Es Ist Verboten Mit Gefangenen In Einzelhaft Zu Sprechen..
    • Re: Pals Of The Saddle- Woody Strode

      Hi Ringo. I assume you are talking to me about The Last Voyage. It starred Robert Stack and Dorothy Malone and George Sanders and is about an ocean liner that runs into trouble when a boiler explodes and the ship begins sinking. The jist of the story is that when the explosion occurs, it blows right through the cabin of a couple, Stack and Malone, and traps Malone behind some wreckage. Stack tries everything to get her out before the ship goes under. Woody Strode is a crew member who gives Stack a huge hand in getting her out. It was a very good role for Strode. Oh and, Sanders is the ships captain. It was filmed aboard a retired liner, Ile de France, which they sank in the film for realism.
    • Re: Pals Of The Saddle- Woody Strode

      woody strode was a great actor.my favourite films are sgt rutledge.the man who shot liberty valance,the professionals and once upon a time in the west. he was such a strong actor.he always left a mark in his films that you would never forget the performances he done.
    • Re: Pals Of The Saddle- Woody Strode

      I think it needs to be pointed out that his "uncredited" role in Stagecoach is erroneous. The actor shown in that close-up is quite obviously not him. the nose and mouth are very different, and the actor in the close-up is a good deal older than Strode was at the time (23).

      He might very well HAVE been in Stagecoach as an extra, but he was NOT in that close-up in the bar...you can see for yourself at about 1:20:38
    • Re: Pals Of The Saddle- Woody Strode

      Also...Woody claimed at various times in his life that, as per Pappy's usual, that he (Pappy) made up that whole B.S. about the fight between himself and Duke. He also claimed that he and Duke got along famously.