(Paul Vitello’s article appeared in the The New York Times, 2/22.)

Dick Anthony Williams, a prolific actor who created enduring roles in blaxploitation films during the 1970s while simultaneously securing his reputation on the New York stage with Tony-nominated performances and a Drama Desk Award, died on Thursday in Los Angeles. He was 77.

His death was confirmed by a family friend, Samantha Wheeler. No cause was given.


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