Adolph Caesar

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Adolph Caesar
Born (1933-12-05)5 December 1933
New York City, New York, USA
Died 6 March 1986(1986-03-06) (aged 52)
Los Angeles, California, USA
Occupation Actor, Voice-over artist, Theatre director, dancer, choreographer
Spouse(s) Diane (1986†)

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


Caesar was born in Harlem, Manhattan, New York City, New York, as the youngest of three sons born to a Dominican mother.[1]


He appeared 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 and appeared in Fist of Fear, Touch of Death.

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 blaxploitation films such as Cleopatra Jones, Superfly, Truck Turner and The Spook Who Sat by the Door. Caesar also lent his voice to the popular 80s cartoon Silverhawks. He played Hotwing, a magician and skilled illusionist.

Caesar's last completed film was Club Paradise released posthumously. Caesar was working on the Los Angeles set of the 1986 film, Tough Guys (with Burt Lancaster and Kirk Douglas) 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 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
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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  • "Adolph Caesar Biography". filmreference. 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-01.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

External links

Adolph Caesar's Entry at the Grindhouse Database