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Actor, Educator Al Freeman 1934-2012

WI Staff | 9/19/2012, 1:56 p.m.

Beloved actor and recently retired Howard University professor Al Freeman, Jr., died, Aug. 9 at age 78. Freeman was loved for the dignity and respect he brought to such characters as Spike Lee's Elijah Muhammad in the film Malcolm X, and police captain Ed Hall on the daytime soap opera One Life to Live, for which he won an Emmy Award in 1979. A long-time resident of Washington, D.C.'s Southwest marina, Freeman was born Albert Cornelius Freeman, Jr. on March 21, 1934, in San Antonio, Texas. Freeman's other TV credits include "The Cosby Show," "Law and Order," "Homicide: Life On the Street," and "The Edge of the Night."

Freeman was remembered by friends, family, fans, and Howard family, as a "gentleman among men" in a remembrance service held at Howard University's Cramton Auditorium, Monday, September 10, titled The Life and Legacy of Professor Albert C. Freeman, Jr.