Actor Albert Freeman Jr. Dies

The Malcolm X star was 78.

Posted: 08/13/2012 09:00 AM EDT
Albert Freeman, Jr.

Albert Freeman Jr., Emmy-winning actor and Howard University professor, died on Friday. He was 78. The veteran actor was best known for his portrayal of Elijah Muhammad in Spike Lee's Malcolm X, and a recurring stint on One Life to Live.

After retiring from acting in 1998, Freeman took a post as an acting professor at Washington, D.C.'s Howard University, where he eventually became the artistic director and chairman of its theater arts program.

Freeman won a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor for his portrayal of police captain Ed Hall on the soap opera One Life to Live and became the first African-American to win the award. He won a 1995 NAACP Image Award for his role in Malcolm X.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Sevara Clemon

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