LOS ANGELES (AP) — Albert Freeman Jr., the veteran actor who played Elijah Muhammad in Spike Lee's epic film, Malcolm X, has died. He was 78.
Howard University in Washington, D.C., confirmed his death Friday night but details weren't immediately available. Freeman taught acting there for years and served as chairman and artistic director of its theater arts department.
“He was a brilliant professor, a renowned actor and a master director who made his mark in the classroom as well as on stage, screen and television,” university spokeswoman Kerry-Ann Hamilton said in a statement. “He has mentored and taught scores of outstanding actors. He was a resounding voice of Howard and will be missed.”
Freeman earned an NAACP Image Award for playing Malcolm X’s mentor in Lee’s 1992 biography.