A formidable Obie-winning stage player, he co-founded the Negro Ensemble Company in the 1960s. His 1962 Broadway debut was in Jean Genet's The Blacks. He was nominated for a 1976 Tony Award as Best Actor (Play) for The Poison Tree.
Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Gunn is best-remembered for his portrayal of mobster Bumpy Jonas in the first two Shaft movies, and for his brief role of Booker T. Washington in the 1981 movie Ragtime, a performance which won him an NAACP Image award. He was nominated for an Emmy Award in 1977 for his role in the TV mini-series Roots. He also costarred with Avery Brooks on the TV series A Man Called Hawk. Gunn also appeared in a multi-episode story arc as atheist shop owner Carl Dixon on the sitcom Good Times.
He died from the complications of asthma in Guilford, Connecticut in 1993.
Moses Gunn Facts
|Birthday||October 2, 1929|
|Birthplace||St. Louis, Missouri, USA|
|Date of death||December 16, 1993 (Guilford, Connecticut, USA, age 64)|
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