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Been watching reruns of ironside recently .wondered about links with soul singers .producers. Musicians etc etc don't know if this has been done before but would be interesting if you good people had any stories to tell .Pam Grier springs to mind in Jackie brown?????

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Joey Heatherton was better known as an actress than a singer.  Her TV series include The Virginian, I-Spy, It Takes A Thief, Love American Style and Laverne & Shirley.

 

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Lesley Uggams famously was a main character in the original version of Roots.

 

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24 minutes ago, Gene-R said:

Joey Heatherton was better known as an actress than a singer.  Her appearances in various TV series include The Virginian, I-Spy, It Takes A Thief, Love American Style and Laverne & Shirley.

 

 

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James McEachin who was involved with the Furys as a writer/producer, and early Otis Redding, had a long running career as an actor and turned up in many TV series.  If you watch a lot of daytime TV you could probably see him quite often.    

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Barbara McNair in too many to mention.

 

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Dean Parrish had acting roles including the sopranos.

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11 minutes ago, bbrich said:

Dean Parrish had acting roles including the sopranos.

Frankie Vallie also in sopranos

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Sonny Craver . . ..in white men can't jump. ..

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Darlene Love of The Blossoms was in the Lethal Weapon movies. 

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Always wondered about the actor Morris Chestnut Jnr. Searches on the net have failed to confirm his father is the Morris Chestnut of Too Darn Soulful fame, but stands a chance as it's gotta be an unusual name Morris (Lamont) Chestnut. 
He was born in California in 1969, so kinda lines up as the right age for a child of a 60's singer.
btw I'm thoroughly enjoying the series Rosewood starring Morris Chestnut Jnr, it's kinda like a re-imagining of Quincy :yes:

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Type toni basil in to Google and you will need 3 hours with the things she's been involved in tv and movie choreography producing writing apperacences list is endless.

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One on a British tip .Kenny lynch appeared in numerous things but the one l remember him for was till death us do part ,as Alf's son in law a very funny scene.  love his take on moving away???

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1 hour ago, purist said:

Always wondered about the actor Morris Chestnut Jnr. Searches on the net have failed to confirm his father is the Morris Chestnut of Too Darn Soulful fame, but stands a chance as it's gotta be an unusual name Morris (Lamont) Chestnut. 
He was born in California in 19I thought I'd rea 69, so kinda lines up as the right age for a child of a 60's singer.
btw I'm thoroughly enjoying the series Rosewood starring Morris Chestnut Jnr, it's kinda like a re-imagining of Quincy :yes:

I thought it was confirmed at some point that it is his son?  May have been a previous topic or elsewhere?

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6 hours ago, Spain pete said:

Been watching reruns of ironside recently .wondered about links with soul singers .producers. Musicians etc etc don't know if this has been done before but would be interesting if you good people had any stories to tell .Pam Grier springs to mind in Jackie brown?????

Well.........................not sure what version of Ironside you're watching but in the original series the black actor Don Mitchell used date Shawn Robinson of My dear heart fame.

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Gene Woodbury in the pilot T.V. movie for Kojak

 

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An obvious one is Tina Turner in Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome. 

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The Supremes appeared on the television show Tarzan. 

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4 hours ago, purist said:

Always wondered about the actor Morris Chestnut Jnr. Searches on the net have failed to confirm his father is the Morris Chestnut of Too Darn Soulful fame, but stands a chance as it's gotta be an unusual name Morris (Lamont) Chestnut. 
He was born in California in 1969, so kinda lines up as the right age for a child of a 60's singer.
btw I'm thoroughly enjoying the series Rosewood starring Morris Chestnut Jnr, it's kinda like a re-imagining of Quincy :yes:

 

3 hours ago, chalky said:

I thought it was confirmed at some point that it is his son?  May have been a previous topic or elsewhere?

Spoke to him a few years back and he confirmed his son was an actor and he was in Boyz In The Hood. 

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the three degrees appear in the French Connection..

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isaac Hayes..

 

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Ray Pollard appeared as an extra in a tv series. He played the part of a hobo / drifter 

Lennis Guess also appeared in a film 

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Rosey Grier was in the movie 'The Thing With Two Heads' and others...

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On 01/09/2016 at 11:14, Paul r said:

Lesley Uggams famously was a main character in the original version of Roots.

 

Paul

 

She even gets a mention in The Simpsons!

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22 hours ago, jamesh said:

She even gets a mention in The Simpsons!

And she was recently in Deadpool.

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Curtis Mayfield singing 'Pusherman' in the 'Superfly' movie.

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No one mentioned the Blues Brothers yet ? Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin + her sister Carolyn Franklin, James Brown, John Lee Hooker, Chakka Khan, Steve Cropper, Cab Calloway,  

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On 1 September 2016 at 23:37, SHEFFSOUL said:

isaac Hayes..

 

Together with Dionne Warwick in at least one episode of the Rockford Files

And together with Al Matthews along with Taurean Blacque (Hill St Blues) and Antonio Fargas (the original Huggy Bear) in Ian McShane's excellent tv comedy drama from 1995 "Soul Survivors"

And together with Antonio Fargas again along with Bernie Casey, Jim Brown and the Wayans family in "I'm Gonna Git You Sucka"

 

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On 1 September 2016 at 13:14, Paul r said:

Lesley Uggams famously was a main character in the original version of Roots.

 

Paul

 

Add to that "Chicken George" actor Ben Vereen

Dorian Harewood who played Alex Haley's father Simon in the second series of Roots recorded an album for Ichiban

Meanwhile Harry Belafonte in "Uptown Saturday Night" starring Sidney Poitier and Bill Cosby - theme written and produced by Van McCoy and sung by Bill Harris

Lou Rawls in, er, Baywatch/Baywatch Nights

Philip Michael Thomas in Miami Vice

Is former Motown recording artist Bruce Willis allowed?

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On 02/09/2016 at 16:45, jamesh said:

(Leslie Uggams) She even gets a mention in The Simpsons!

and.....she guested in The Muppet Show. I can remember sitting there having my tea one night around the Cleethorpes Pier era - my local venue - and the Muppets came on. I wasn't taking much notice when Kermit said "welcome to theMuppet Show, with our special guest star, Leslie Uggams!" I spluttered on my tea as my Mum and Dad chorused in with the usual "Who? Nobody's ever heard of any of these American guests" etc...........

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Toussaint McCall singing Nothing takes... in Hairspray (the proper one).

Has anybody mentioned Ray Pollard being an extra in Ghostbuster.

Stevie Wonder singing Little Ole Man to Bill on the Cosby Show.

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Stevie appeared in 2 movies- "Muscle Beach Party" and "Bikini Beach".

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Nickolas Ashford as a dodgy reverend and Christopher Williams as a dodgy lawyer in New Jack City. Keith Sweat also appears as a wedding singer

 

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King Errisson 

Thunderball, night club scene.

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Y'all missing an obvious one Mr hatcher in blue juice a 1995 surfing film starring as singer Ossie sands .oh and keb darge bless em both 

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Mel Carter (of "The Love Test" - wink, wink, nudge, nudge -say no more!)  had a long career as an actor in films and TV.

Cuba Gooding Jr. a long-time actor.  His father being a Soul singer.

 

Adam Wade (perhaps marginal as a Soul singer) was a lng time actor in TV series, and host of a couple TV game shows.

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Hiya, remember watching a beach/ hot rod movie on c4 very early nineties featuring  jimmy Radcliffe and  his music  plus in the late seventies saw a fair few lowrider/ drag racing low budget movies featuring various artists but can't remember who.  Not much help there then.  Ps the jimmy Radcliffe film was black and white early/mid sixties.  Cheers

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The Toys performed "Attack" in the movie "It's A Bikini World" .

James Brown sang "I Got You (I Feel Good) " in the movie "Ski Party".

 

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Not sure if this counts but Berry Gordy was on "What's My Line." Also The Supremes.

 

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On ‎04‎/‎09‎/‎2016 at 11:04, Missing Link said:

Curtis Mayfield singing 'Pusherman' in the 'Superfly' movie.

Curtis Mayfield is in Dirty Harry, the nut who is doing all the killing is being followed by Clint, so he goes to some derelict building and pays Curtis Mayfield to fill him in therefore making it look like police harassment and brutality on Clints part, hilarious bit is where the freak calls Curtis a black mutha f-----, so Curtis gives him another good hiding and says "this ones on the house"

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It's not Curtis Mayfield in that scene ... the uncredited "big black man" was played by a Raymond Johnson.

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Raymond Johnson . was he not the same guy that that played piano on some of Bobby womacks albums ???

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Probably falls under of 'actor who put out a soul record' rather than 'soul person in a movie' but Carl Weathers AKA Apollo Creed from Rocky fame (& Predator)  put out the one-off mushy ballad/stepper 'You know you ought to be with me' on Mirage in the 80's.  

 

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Ketty Lester in "Blacula"

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On 9/1/2016 at 20:45, the yank said:

The Supremes appeared on the television show Tarzan. 

They also appeared in a dreadful teen flick "Dr Goldfoot and the Bikini machine"

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Bobby Diamond aka Robert Miano who sang "Stop"

Was in the film Donnie Brasco

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4 hours ago, Chris L said:

They also appeared in a dreadful teen flick "Dr Goldfoot and the Bikini machine"

Sounds like it was another American International movie. They specialized in low budget movies aimed at teenagers- "The Ghost In The 

Invisible Bikini", "Muscle Beach Party", "Bleach Blanket Bingo", "Bikini Beach", "It's A Bikini World", "Ski Party" etc. etc.

  But... on the plus side they usually featured at least one Soul act in their movies (The Supremes, James Brown, The Toys, Stevie Wonder) .

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Of course Dobie Gray singing "Out on the floor" one of the ultimate appearances. "Out of sight" the movie.

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Bernie Hamilton, played Capt. Dobey in Starsky & Hutch.....owned and appeared on the Inculcation record label......also the brother of Chico Hamilton.

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