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Overview (2)

Born in St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Died in Guilford, Connecticut, USA  (complications from asthma)

Mini Bio (1)

Moses Gunn was born on October 2, 1929 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA. He was an actor, known for Shaft (1971), Ragtime (1981) and Heartbreak Ridge (1986). He was married to Gwendolyn Mumma Landes. He died on December 16, 1993 in Guilford, Connecticut, USA.

Spouse (1)

Gwendolyn Mumma Landes (1966 - 16 December 1993) ( his death) ( 1 child)

Trivia (11)

Was to play Judge Richard Farris in The Stand (1994), but was replaced by Ossie Davis when he died.
A formidable Obie-winning stage player, he co-founded "The Negro Ensemble Company" in the 1960s.
Father of Justin Moses Gunn, guitarist in the band Reverend Shine Snakeoil Co. (2016).
Studied in the speech and drama graduate program at The University of Kansas from 1959 to 1961, though did not receive his M.A. from KU until returning in 1989 to complete his graduate degree work. In 2008, his widow, Gwen, donated much of his career memorabilia to KU, where it is now displayed.
Was a graduate of Tennessee State University.
Did not start acting until he was 32 years old.
The eldest of seven children of a laborer.
At one time he taught speech and drama at Grambling College in Louisiana in order to save money to be able to go to New York and act on stage.
He died from complications of asthma in Guilford, Connecticut on December 16, 1993.
Was friends with Esther Rolle, and Carl Gordon.
Appeared in two separate series with John Amos, Good Times and Roots. However, he never shared a scene with Amos in either of them.

Personal Quotes (1)

"When you talk about actors in film who are black, for a long time, the only one out there at the box office was Sidney Poitier. Now there are three or four, but not many more".

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