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Adolph Caesar
Born 5 December 1933(1933-12-05)
New York City, New York, USA
Died 6 March 1986 (aged 52)
Los Angeles, California, USA
Occupation Theatre director, dancer, choreographer
Spouse(s) Diane (1986†)

Adolph Caesar (December 5, 1933 – March 6, 1986) was an American actor.



Born in Harlem, Manhattan, New York City, New York, he is best remembered for his role in director Norman Jewison's film, A Soldier's Story for which he received a nomination for "Best Actor in a Supporting Role" from both the Academy Awards and the Golden Globes. He also played the role of "Old Mister" in the Steven Spielberg film, The Color Purple.

In addition to his film career, Caesar did much voice-over work for television and radio commercials, including theatrical previews and radio commercials for many so-called Blaxploitation films such as Cleopatra Jones and The Spook Who Sat by the Door, as well the 1978 zombie classic Dawn of the Dead, according to the Internet Movie Database.

Caesar was working on the Los Angeles set of the 1986 film, Tough Guys when he suffered a heart attack and died a short time later. He was interred in the Ferncliff Cemetery in Hartsdale, New York. Caesar was survived by his wife, two daughters, and a son.


Year Film Role Notes
1969 Che! Juan Almeida
1979 The Hitter Nathan
1980 Fist of Fear, Touch of Death TV Anchorman
1984 A Soldier's Story Sergeant Waters Nominated - Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated - Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor - Motion Picture
1985 The Color Purple Old Mister
1986 Club Paradise Solomon Gundy


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