Born in Los Angeles, California, he first became well-known to audiences when he appeared for several years opposite Diahann Carroll on the groundbreaking television series Julia. He also starred as Martin Luther King Jr. in the miniseries King. In 1972, he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor for Sounder, being only the third African-American to ever earn a nomination for this award.
Winfield also starred in more recent miniseries, including Roots: The Next Generation, Alex Haley's Queen and Scarlett.
Winfield gained many fans for several of his brief but memorable roles in science fiction TV programs and movies. He was Captain Terrell, an unwitting minion of Khan Noonian Singh, in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and a friendly but crusty cop partnered with Lance Henriksen in The Terminator. On the small screen, he appeared as General Richard Franklin, father of regular character Dr. Stephen Franklin, on Babylon 5 and as an alien captain who communicates in metaphor in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode Darmok. He also provided voices on the cartoons Spider-Man, Batman Beyond and The Simpsons.
Winfield died of a heart attack in 2004. At the time of his death, he was a narrator for the A&E show City Confidential. His long-term partner, architect Charles Gillan Jr., predeceased him.
Paul Winfield Facts
|Birth Name||Paul Edward Winfield|
|Birthday||May 22, 1941|
|Birthplace||Los Angeles, California, USA|
|Date of death||March 7, 2004 (age 62)|