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James Wheaton

Actor
Died June 9, 2002 (78 years)
James Wheaton first made a name for himself on the stage. First, as a member of the Bishop's Company, a repertory theatre group which toured the United States, and later with the Ebony Showcase which was based in Los Angeles. After NBC aired an adaptation of "Carnival Island," an Ebony Showcase production, on their affiliate KNBC in Los Angeles, Wheaton began to find work in television and film. He made his major film debut as OMM, the narrator in "THX 1138" (1971), the debut feature of director George Lucas. Throughout the 1970s, he appeared in some of the most popular series of the period including "Sanford and Son," "Good Times," "Kojak," and "Ironside." In 1999, "Masks Before the Altar," a memoir about his experiences with the Bishop's Company was published. He was working on a one man show based on the poetry of Langston Hughes at the time of his death.

Filmography

1996
L.A. Heat (TV Series)
1992
Guncrazy · as Parole Officer #2
1980
B.A.D. Cats (TV Series) · as Cemetery Attendant
1977
A Piece of the Action · as Voisin Waiter
1976
What's Happening!! (TV Series)
1974
Black Belt Jones · as Eulogizing Minister
1974
Good Times (TV Series)
1973
Kojak (TV Series) · as Mr. Scott
1972
Sanford and Son (TV Series)
1971
THX 1138 · as Omm (voice)
1969
Room 222 (TV Series) · as Parent
1969
The Bill Cosby Show (TV Series) · as Dr. Libby
1967
Ironside (TV Series)
1963
General Hospital (TV Series) · as Stahlman

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