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Born in Gary, Indiana, on March 5, 1937 (some sources cite 1938 as his date of birth), Fred 'Hammer' Williamson grew up in Gary and graduated from Froebel High School in 1955. He enrolled at Northwestern University, where he played college football while studying architecture. He was drafted by San Francisco 49ers in 1959, where he picked up the nickname 'Hammer.' He later played football for the Pittsburgh Steelers (1960-1961), Oakland Raiders (1961-64), and Kansas City Chiefs (1964-1968), for whom he played in Superbowl I. Williamson's arm was broken during an exhibition game in August 1967, and he sat out the majority of the 1967-1968 season. Afterward, Williamson signed with the Canadian Football League's Montreal Alouettes for the 1968 season, but quickly gave up his career as a football player.

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Fred Williamson in his Oakland Raiders uniform in 1962

Williamson briefly worked as an architect before deciding to give acting a try. His first appearance as an actor was on a December 1968 episode of Ironside. During the following year, he was cast on the ABC sit-com Julia as Diahann Carroll's love interest. And from there, Williamson's film career took off; his first film appearances came in the blockbuster comedy MASH (1970; with Donald Sutherland and Elliott Gould) and in the comedy/drama Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon (1970; with Liza Minnelli, Ken Howard, and Robert Moore).

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MASH (1970) Get It Here at Movies Unlimited

Fred Williamson and the cast of MASH

Williamson's first film role was in Robert Altman's all-star Korean war comedy MASH. Williamson portrayed Dr. Oliver Jones in a role that did not translate to the TV series of the same name

Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon (1970)

Robert Moore and Fred Williamson

Williamson's second film role came in the oddball Liza Minnelli vehicle Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon, directed by Otto Preminger and released by Paramount. Also pictured is Robert Moore

Hammer (1972) Get It Here at Movies Unlimited

Fred Williamson and William SmithFred Williamson and Vonetta McGee

LEFT: With William Smith in the blaxploitation thriller Hammer. RIGHT: With Vonetta McGee

That Man Bolt (1973) Get It Here at Movies Unlimited

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From Williamson's blaxploitation action flick That Man Bolt

Three the Hard Way (1974) Get It Here at Movies Unlimited

Sheila Frazier and Fred WilliamsonFred Williamson, Jim Kelly, and Jim Brown

LEFT: With Sheila Frazier in the blaxploitation action flick Three the Hard Way. RIGHT: With costars Jim Kelly and Jim Brown

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As Stone, the private eye, in the Warner Bros. blaxploitation action flick Black Eye

Bucktown (1975)

Fred Williamson

From the American International blaxploitation feature Bucktown

Take a Hard Ride (1975)

Fred WilliamsonJim Brown and Fred Williamson

LEFT: Williamson portrays Tyree in the 20th Century Fox spaghetti western Take a Hard Ride. RIGHT: With Jim Brown

1990: The Bronx Warriors (1982)

Fred Williamson

Williamson as The Ogre fights the Zombie gang in the low-budget sci-fi actioner 1990: The Bronx Warriors

Original Gangstas (1996)

Fred Williamson

The MGM action flick Original Gangstas reunited Williamson with other blaxploitation actors, such as Pam Grier, Jim Kelly, Ron O'Neal, Jim Brown, and Richard Roundtree

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Williamson starred in some of the best 1970s blaxploitation films and was one of the few actors who kept his career going after the genre waned in the late 1970s. He continued his acting career in the 1980s on television and in films, acting in a number of Italian productions including Warrior of the Lost World (1983; with Robert Ginty and Donald Pleasence) and Deadly Impact (1984; with Bo Svenson). In the late 1980s, he also starred in the successful Black Cobra series of films in Italy.

In addition to his career as an actor, Fred Williamson has also served as director, producer, and writer for a number of films. His first film as a producer was Boss (1975; William Smith), and he began his directing career with Mean Johnny Barrows (1976; with Roddy McDowall and Stuart Whitman), a film which Williamson produced and starred in. Since 1975, Williamson has directed about twenty films. His production company which he runs with his wife, Linda, Po’ Boy Productions, continues to turn out films. And he continues to act in films today and, as of January 2013, has six films in production.

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M*A*S*H [Blu-ray](1970)
Elliott Gould, Donald Sutherland, Sally Kellerman, Tom Skerritt, and Robert Duvall star in director Robert Altman's innovative dark comedy about the everyday escapades of an Army medical unit during the Korean War. The landmark anti-war film, which was seen as an allegory for America's involvement in Vietnam, garnered an Oscar for Ring Lardner, Jr. for his adaptation of Richard Hooker's novel. 116 min. Widescreen; Soundtracks: English DTS HD 5.1 Master Audio, Dolby Digital mono, French Dolby Digital mono, Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1; Subtitles: English (SDH), Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin, Thai; audio commentary by Altman; featurettes; theatrical trailer; photo gallery.

M*A*S*H (Special Edition) [DVD](1970) DVD
Elliott Gould, Donald Sutherland, Sally Kellerman, Tom Skerritt, and Robert Duvall star in director Robert Altman's innovative dark comedy about the everyday escapades of an Army medical unit during the Korean War. The landmark anti-war film, which was seen as an allegory for America's involvement in Vietnam, garnered an Oscar for Ring Lardner, Jr. for his adaptation of Richard Hooker's novel. 116 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital stereo, Dolby Digital mono, French Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English, Spanish; audio commentary by Altman; featurette; documentaries; photo gallery; thearical trailer. Two-disc set.

M*A*S*H [DVD](1970) DVD
Elliott Gould, Donald Sutherland, Sally Kellerman, Tom Skerritt, and Robert Duvall star in director Robert Altman's innovative dark comedy about the everyday escapades of an Army medical unit during the Korean War. The landmark anti-war film, which was seen as an allegory for America's involvement in Vietnam, garnered an Oscar for Ring Lardner, Jr. for his adaptation of Richard Hooker's novel. 116 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital stereo, Dolby Digital mono, French Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English, Spanish; audio commentary by Altman; featurette; photo gallery; theatrical trailer.

Truck Turner (1974)/Hammer [DVD](1972) DVD
Isaac Hayes stars as two-fisted bounty hunter "Truck Turner," tracking down bail jumpers in the inner city. When his latest quarry is murdered, a contract is taken out on his life, and the hunter becomes the hunted! Explosive urban actioner, directed by Jonathan Kaplan, also stars Yaphet Kotto, Nichelle Nichols; look for cameos by the great Dick Miller and "Our Gang" alumnus Stymie Beard. And, "Hammer" is a hard-hitting actioner starring Fred Williamson as a professional boxer who must put his career, and his life, on the line when his Mafia backers threaten the woman he loves. Bernie Hamilton, Vonetta McGee, D'Urville Martin co-star. 185 min. total. Widescreen/Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono.

That Man Bolt [DVD](1973) DVD
Fred Williamson chop-sockeys his way through this popular blaxploitation adventure as Jefferson Bolt, a Kung Fu expert assigned to deliver a cool $1 million to Mexico City from Hong Kong with a stop in Los Angeles. When Bolt discovers the cash is dirty mob money and his gal has been killed, he heads back to the Far East to get even. Byron Webster, Teresa Graves also star. 104 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: Spanish, French.

The Best Of Soul Cinema [DVD] DVD
Five-disc set includes "Coffy," "Foxy Brown," "Cooley High," "Hell Up in Harlem," and "I'm Gonna Git You Sucka."

Black Eye [DVD](1974) DVD
That's what ex-cop-turned-private investigator Fred Williamson is, and what he's ready to give a drug ring that may be connected to his sister's overdose death and the murder of his neighbor, in this gritty crime drama. Rosemary Forsyth, Teresa Graves, and Richard Anderson also star. 97 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono.

4 Film Favorites: Urban Action [DVD] DVD
First, in "Three the Hard Way" (1974), Jim Brown, Jim Kelly, and Fred Williamson take on some white supremacists who are planning to poison the water supply. With Sheila Frazier, Alex Rocco. Then, in "Black Belt Jones" (1974), Kelly stars as a karate master who attempts to get revenge against the mobsters responsible for the death of his mentor--leading to a slam-bang showdown in a car wash. Gloria Hendry, Scatman Crothers co-star. Then, Kelly returns as Black Belt Jones in "Hot Potato" (1976), this time leading a squad of kung fu commandos on a mission to rescue a senator's daughter from some foreign terrorists. With George Memmoli, Geoffrey Binney. Lastly, in "Black Samson" (1977), a community leader squares off against a mob boss and some dope pushers who are causing problems in his neighborhood. Rockne Tarkington, William Smith, Connie Strickland star. 5 3/4 hrs. total on two discs. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English (SDH).

Boss [DVD](1975) DVD
Fred Williamson wrote and stars in this blaxploitation western about an embittered bounty hunter who becomes sheriff of a frightened frontier town. After pinning on the star, Williamson clashes with the local crooks and the white townsfolk while tracking down a notorious outlaw fugitive. D'Urville Martin, William Smith, Barbara Leigh, R.G. Armstrong, and Don "Red" Barry also star. AKA: "Boss Nigger." 87 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; featurette; interview; theatrical trailer.

Death Journey (1976)/Mean Johnny Barrows [DVD](1975) DVD
Fred Williamson is one cool cat as detective Jesse Crowder, hired to bring a Mob informer from New York to L.A. in 48 hours. Hit men gunning for the duo turn the trip into a "Death Journey." D'Urville Martin, Bernard Kirby co-star. Next, he's lean, he's tough, he's mean. Williamson is "Mean Johnny Barrows," a macho hero quick with a gun and Hell with his fists. And when he goes up against the Mob, it's anyone's game! Roddy McDowall, Stuart Whitman, Elliott Gould co-star. 167 min. total. Soundtrack: English; biographies; photo gallery; trivia.

Joshua The Black Rider (1976)/Kid Vengeance [DVD](1977) DVD
First, Fred Williamson stars as "Joshua the Black Rider," a Civil War veteran who returns home to find his family massacred by outlaws and no one willing to help him, sending him on a one-man vengeance mission, in this exciting frontier thriller. Cal Bartlett, Brenda Venus co-star. AKA: "Joshua." Next, Leif Garrett stars in "Kid Vengeance," playing a young pioneer who hits the trail in search of revenge upon Lee Van Cleef and his murderous outlaw band, who killed Garrett's parents. Jim Brown, Glynnis O'Connor, John Marley co-star. AKA: "Take Another Hard Ride." 174 min. total. Soundtrack: English; biographies; photo gallery; trivia.

The Inglorious Bastards [Blu-ray](1978)
Ripsnorting battle action highlights this Italian World War II thriller, as an American soldier (Bo Svenson) leads a ragtag group of condemned criminals against the Nazis. Traveling in a convoy bound for a military prison, Svenson and his new comrades escape and make for the Swiss border, but are soon recruited to take on a suicide mission for the French underground...and do these bastards ever fight dirty! Fred Williamson, Peter Hooten co-star. 99 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital 5.1; audio commentary; documentary; featurettes; interviews; theatrical trailer; more.

The Inglorious Bastards [DVD](1978) DVD
Ripsnorting battle action highlights this Italian World War II thriller, as an American soldier (Bo Svenson) leads a ragtag group of condemned criminals against the Nazis. Traveling in a convoy bound for a military prison, Svenson and his new comrades escape and make for the Swiss border, but are soon recruited to take on a suicide mission for the French underground...and do these bastards ever fight dirty! Fred Williamson, Peter Hooten co-star. 99 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; interview; theatrical trailer.

The Inglorious Bastards (3-Disc Explosive Edition) [DVD](1978) DVD
Ripsnorting battle action highlights this Italian World War II thriller in which an American soldier (Bo Svenson) leads a ragtag group of condemned criminals against the Nazis. Traveling in a convoy bound for a military prison, Svenson and his new comrades escape and make for the Swiss border, but are soon recruited to take on a suicide mission for the French underground...and do these bastards ever fight dirty! Fred Williamson, Peter Hooten co-star. 99 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; audio commentary; bonus CD soundtrack; featurette; "making of" documentary; theatrical trailer. Three-disc set.

Fist Of Fear, Touch Of Death [DVD](1980) DVD
Madison Square Garden is the setting for an international martial arts competition whose winner will be "the successor to Bruce Lee's title. " Along with exciting contest footage featuring Bill Louie, Richard Barathy and others, this mix of documentary and action scenes also features footage with Fred Williamson and Ron Van Clief, and rare film clips of Lee himself. Adolph Caesar hosts. AKA: "The Dragon and the Cobra." 90 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English.

One Down, Two To Go [DVD](1982) DVD
Jim Brown, Jim Kelly, Richard Roundtree, and Fred Williamson--four of the biggest black screen action stars--team up to bring down the mob boss who fixed a karate tournament and cheated them out of their winnings. Joe Spinell co-stars; written and directed by Williamson. 89 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; audio commentary by Williamson; biography; theatrical trailer.

1990: The Bronx Warriors [DVD](1982) DVD
In the not-too-distant future (well, it was the future when the film was made!), New York's toughest borough has become a "No Man's Land" where gangs of marauding warriors battle each other and corrupt businessmen exploit the violence. Vic Morrow, Fred Williamson, Stefania Girolami, and Mark Gregory as gang leader Trash star. 92 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo; interviews; audio commentary; photo gallery; theatrical trailers.

Warriors Of The Wasteland (1983)/Cosmos: War Of The Planets [DVD](1977) DVD
First, the post-apocalyptic "Warriors of the Wasteland" stars Fred Williamson as a fearless nomad who utilizes ancient weapons in his unending (and lethal) battles for food, shelter, and women. With Timothy Brent, George Eastman. AKA: "Metropolis 2000," "The New Barbarians." Then, "Cosmos: War of the Planets" concerns a maverick space pilot whose ship is drawn towards an alien craft inhabited by a strange robot and a computer that possesses the power to control civilization. John Richardson, Yanti Somer, West Buchanan star. AKA: "Cosmo 2000: Planet Without a Name." 162 min. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English. Plays All Regions.

Warriors Of The Wasteland [DVD](1983) DVD
Fred Williamson stars in this post-nuclear action film of roaming tribes, armed with ancient weapons, competing to the death for food, shelter and women. Harrowing sci-fi thriller co-stars Timothy Brent, George Eastman, and Anna Kanakis. AKA: "The New Barbarians." 92 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English; biographies; filmographies; photo gallery.

Vigilante [Blu-ray](1983)
Intense urban action film stars Robert Forster as an ex-cop whose family is attacked by a street gang. When the courts let the hoods go free, a frustrated Forster joins with Fred Williamson's neighborhood vigilante group, dedicated to enforcing the law--their own way. With Rutanya Alda, Woody Strode, Joe Spinell. 89 min. Widescreen; Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS HD 7.1, French Dolby Digital Surround stereo, German Dolby Digital Surround stereo, Italian Dolby Digital Surround stereo; Subtitles: English (SDH), French, Portuguese, Spanish; audio commentary; theatrical trailers; TV spots; radio spots.

Vigilante [DVD](1983) DVD
Intense urban action film stars Robert Forster as an ex-cop whose family is attacked by a street gang. When the courts let the hoods go free, a frustrated Forster joins with Fred Williamson's neighborhood vigilante group, dedicated to enforcing the law--their own way. With Rutanya Alda, Woody Strode, Joe Spinell. 89 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 6.1, Dolby Digital Surround stereo, French Dolby Digital Surround stereo, German Dolby Digital Surround stereo, Italian Dolby Digital Surround stereo; Subtitles: Spanish; audio commentary; photo gallery; theatrical trailers; TV spots; radio spots.

The Big Score [DVD](1983) DVD
Chicago narcotics detective Fred "the Hammer" Williamson is out to even the score with the creeps who framed him for stealing a fortune in a botched drug bust. And when Fred "the Hammer" Williamson has a score to settle--a BIG score--you'd better watch out! Richard Roundtree, John Saxon, Joe Spinell, and Nancy Wilson also star in this wild thriller. 85 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo.

Mystery Science Theater 3000 Collection, Vol. 16 [DVD] DVD
Mumble-mouthed, motorcycle-riding Robert Ginty is the "Warrior of the Lost World" (1983), romancing Persis Khambatta and battling future dictator Donald Pleasence in a sci-fi snoozefest that has Joel and the Bots rooting for the monstrous "Megaweapon." This four-disc set also includes "The Corpse Vanishes," "Night of the Blood Beast," and the Mexican-made classic "Santa Claus." 6 hrs. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English; featurettes; interviews; TV spots; more.

Deadly Impact [DVD](1984) DVD
When an electronics whiz comes up with a plan to break the bank in Las Vegas, the Mob forces him to pay with his life. One lone cop sets out on a vengeance mission in this action-packed tale, starring Fred Williamson and Bo Svenson. 90 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo; biographies; filmographies; photo gallery.

White Fire [DVD](1984) DVD
"White Fire" is the name of the world's most valuable diamond, a 200-carat gem that becomes the bait in a death duel between some of the world's most cunning and ruthless jewel thieves. Fred Williamson and Robert Ginty star in an action-packed saga. 90 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English mono.

Black Cobra 2 [DVD](1989) DVD
Fred Williamson returns, coiled and ready to strike as Chicago cop Robert Malone. Here he must act quickly to save a school held hostage by terrorists who've already killed his friend. With Nicholas Hammond. 95 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; filmographies; biographies; photo gallery.

The Complete Black Cobra Series [DVD] DVD
First, in "Black Cobra" (1987), Fred Williamson stars as Robert Malone, a brave cop trying to protect a female photographer from a brutal biker bang terrorizing New York City. With Eva Grimaldi, Karl Landgren. Then, in "Black Cobra 2" (1988), the Hammer travels to the Philippines and is caught up in a conspiracy involving a nightclub singer. Co-stars Nicholas Hammond, Emma Hoagland. Lastly, "Black Cobra 3: The Manila Connection" (1990) has Williamson trying to help Interpol stop a group of hijackers who are blackmailing the U.S. government. Debra Ward, Forry Smith also star. 4 1/2 hrs. total. Standard/Widescreen; Soundtrack: English. Plays All Regions.

Deadly Intent [DVD](1989) DVD
Returning home from an expedition, an archeologist who is smuggling a priceless gem into America is murdered by crooks seeking his treasure. When the thieves are unable to find the valuable piece of jewelry, they begin to go after his widow believing that she is in possession of it. Intense thriller stars Lisa Eilbacher, Steve Railsback, Fred Williamson, Persis Khambatta, and Lance Henriksen. 86 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English.

State Of Mind [DVD](1992) DVD
After a devastating car crash, a husband and wife (Don Hannah and Troma regular Lisa Gaye) are killed in the fiery wreck. Or are they? Actually, they're taken in by a sadistic former nurse who holds them prisoner in a drug-fueled haze. Now, it's up to a streetwise detective (Fred Williamson) to find the couple before it's too late. Paul Naschy, Jill Schoelen co-star. 93 min. Soundtrack: English; audio commentary; interviews; featurettes; music videos; art gallery; theatrical trailers; more.

From Dusk Till Dawn [DVD](1996) DVD
Outrageous horror-action outing, courtesy of director Robert Rodriguez ("Desperado") and screenwriter Quentin Tarantino, stars George Clooney and Tarantino as unbalanced siblings on a Southwest crime spree who take preacher Harvey Keitel and his children hostage. Their odyssey becomes a fight for survival when the sleazy Mexican roadside bar they stop in turns out to be a hangout for vampires. With Salma Hayek, Juliette Lewis, Cheech Marin and Fred Williamson. 108 min. Widescreen; Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital 5.1, French Dolby Digital 5.1; Subtitles: Spanish; audio commentary by Rodriguez, Tarantino; outtakes; featurette; theatrical trailer; TV spots; music videos; photo gallery; "making of" documentary; deleted scenes; biographies.

Fast Track: Season One [DVD](1997) DVD
Keith Carradine starred in this 1997-98 Showtime series as a former race car driver-turned-doctor who returns to the break-neck world of racing when he takes a job as track physician at a troubled local speedway where he clashes with the shady owner (Duncan Regehr). With Fred Williamson, Brandy Ledford, Sebastian Spence, and Tristan Rogers. <> 23 episodes on 5 discs. 17 1/4 hrs.

Blackjack [DVD](1998) DVD
From screen action master John Woo ("Face/Off") comes a supercharged thriller starring Dolph Lundgren as an agent for the federal Witness Protection Program. His latest assignment, to guard a beautiful supermodel from an expert assassin, could well be his last! Kate Vernon, Philip MacKenzie and Fred Williamson also star. 113 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital Surround.

Children Of The Corn V: Fields Of Terror [DVD](1998) DVD
The corn--and the terror--is as high as an elephant's eye, as six college students' road trip takes a deadly detour and strands them in a remote rural town where the children are under the influence of a mysterious, malevolent force. Alexis Arquette, David Carradine, Stacy Galina, Fred Williamson, Eva Mendes, and Ahmet Zappa star. 84 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital Surround.

Carmen: A Hip Hopera [DVD](2002) DVD
A triumphant rethinking of Bizet's "Carmen" for MTV, this dazzling film is set in present-day Philadelphia, where Carmen (Beyonce Knowles) is an aspiring actress whose seductive charms draw the interests of policeman detective Mekhi Phifer and famous rap star Casey Lee. Mos Def, Rah Digga, Lil' Bow Wow and Da Brat are also featured; directed by Robert Townsend ("Hollywood Shuffle"). 88 min. Standard and Widescreen; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo; "making of" documentary; song access.

Shadow Fury [DVD](2001) DVD
When he discovers a way to construct genetically-enhanced human clones that he can bend to his will, unethical scientist Pat Morita is shunned by the medical community. Vowing revenge against his former colleagues, Morita produces the ultimate killing machine: an unstoppable ninja called Takeru. Now it's up to down-and-out bounty hunter Sam Bottoms to stop Morita and his deadly creation. With Fred Williamson, Masakatsu Funaki. 92 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo; Subtitles: English, Spanish; theatrical trailers.

On The Edge [DVD](2002) DVD
After a young basketball player gets his friend killed over a debt, detective Dakota Smith (Fred Williamson) gets in the middle of the action, as the case finds him tangling with pimp Ice-T and hit man Gary Busey. With Jim Brown, Bernie Casey and Ron O'Neal. 90 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English stereo; Subtitles: Spanish; trailer.

BaadAsssss Cinema [DVD](2002) DVD
The early 1970s saw the rise of a new breed of screen hero: tough, anti-establishment, sexually raw...and black. Follow the evolution of "blaxploitation" action cinema with this funk-filled documentary that features clips from such seminal genre faves as "Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song," "Shaft," "Superfly," and "Coffy"; discussions with Pam Grier, Melvin Van Peebles, Richard Roundtree, Fred Williamson, Quentin Tarantino and others; and much more. 56 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo; extended interviews.

Vegas Vampires [DVD](2003) DVD
Directed by and co-starring Fred Williamson, this urban horror tale chronicles a string of bizarre killings in Las Vegas' hottest nightspots. Suspecting that a gang of vampires led by a wife-seeking bloodsucker is responsible for the deaths, a brave policeman tries to stop their evil plan. But when the nocturnal terrors kill his partner, his quest for justice becomes personal. Tommy "Tiny" Lister, Daniel Baldwin, Glenn Plummer star. 89 min. Soundtrack: English.

If Love Hadn't Left Me Lonely [DVD](2004) DVD
A recovering alcoholic and once-great record producer (Richard Brooks) who now works as a stockbroker sees a chance back into the music business in the form of a beautiful singer/dancer (En Vogue's Cindy Herron Braggs). Inspired by his new muse, Brooks will have to prove himself to the music world all over again while Braggs fights her ex-husband for custody of her daughter. With Ice-T, Gary Busey and Fred Williamson (who also directed). AKA: "Lexie." 95 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital Surround stereo.

Starsky & Hutch (2004)/The Big Bounce [DVD](2004) DVD
Includes "Starsky & Hutch" (2004) (Widescreen Version) and "The Big Bounce" (2004) (Widescreen Version).

Starsky & Hutch (Widescreen Version) [DVD](2004) DVD
Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson hop inside the red and white Ford Torino in this hilarious spoof of the hit '70s crime drama. For their first assignment, uptight detective Dave Starsky (Stiller) and his laid-back partner Ken "Hutch" Hutchinson (Wilson) enlist the aid of pimped-out informant Huggy Bear (an ideally-cast Snoop Dogg) to take out a slick, white-collar drug dealer (Vince Vaughn). With Juliette Lewis, Jason Bateman, Carmen Electra, and Fred Williamson. 100 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital 5.1, French Dolby Digital 5.1; Subtitles: English, French, Spanish; audio commentary; deleted scenes; featurettes; outtakes; theatrical trailer; more.

Crooked [DVD](2005) DVD
A pair of maverick cops (Don "the Dragon" Wilson and Olivier Gruner) become reluctant partners when they're assigned to guard a beautiful call girl, the sole survivor of a savage mob hit, from the armada of killers out to stop her from testifying. Intense, action-filled tale also stars Lorraine Farris, Fred Williamson and Gary Busey. AKA: "Soft Target." 93 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Digital stereo; Subtitles: English, Spanish.

Spaced Out [DVD](2006) DVD
The Earth's survival is imperiled by alien terrorists fast approaching to wreak destruction upon the human race. Their mission begins when they beam back an investigative reporter (James Vallo)--a prisoner who's been brainwashed aboard the ship for two years--to carry out the first salvo against mankind. Will he carry out the alien probes, or turn traitor and save the world? Butch Patrick, Fred Williamson, Robert Z'Dar co-star. 100 min. Soundtrack: English.

Shoot The Hero [DVD](2010) DVD
While shopping for wedding rings, an engaged couple becomes caught up in a botched heist at a jewelry store. When the casino owner who planned the robbery decides to eliminate all traces of the crime, he hires two hit men to dispose of the witnesses. Will the lovebirds stay alive long enough to make it to their nuptials? Fun-packed action-comedy stars Jason Mewes, Samantha Lockwood, Danny Trejo. 80 min. Soundtrack: English; featurettes; photo gallery.

American Grindhouse [DVD](2010) DVD
Sex, gore, and violence may seem like recent movie innovations, but the history of exploitation cinema and the "grindhouse" theaters that played them reaches back to the silent era. This fun documentary looks at the B-studios, filmmakers, and actors who teased, titillated, and shocked audiences with such fare as "Freaks," "Mom and Dad," "Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song," "The Big Doll House," and more. Joe Dante, John Landis, Herschell Gordon Lewis, Fred Williamson, and others are interviewed; Robert Forster narrates. 82 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English.

Zombie Apocalypse: Redemption [DVD](2011) DVD
the war between the living and the undead that began in "Zombie Apocalypse" has left the Earth a nuclear-scorched wasteland. A member of a roving band of raiders, left to die, is rescued by another group of survivors, setting the stage for a showdown between the two. But first they'll have to battle legions of cannibalistic zombies! Johnny Gel, Alicia Clark, and Fred Williamson star. 101 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital 5.1; audio commentary; deleted scenes; featurette; photo gallery; theatrical trailers.

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Last Ounce of Courage (2012) with Marshall R. Teague and Jennifer O'Neill
The Voices from Beyond (2012) with Joe Estevez
Dropping Evil (2011) with Armin Shimerman
Zombie Apocalypse: Redemption (2011) with Johnny Gel
Hollywont (2010) with Robert Wagner, David Faustino, Dee Wallace, Shar Jackson, and Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs
Shoot the Hero (2010) with Danny Trejo and Taylor Negron
Dropping Evil (2009)
Revamped (2007) with Jeff Rector, Martin Kove, Billy Drago, Tane McClure, and Anne Lockhart
Fighting Words (2007) with C. Thomas Howell, Michael Parks, and Fred Willard
I Wanna Dance (2007) with James Avery
Crooked (2006) with Don 'The Dragon' Wilson, Gary Busey, and Martin Kove
Spaced Out (2006) with Butch Patrick, Robert Z'Dar, and Larry Thomas
Transformed (2005) with Jeremy Flynn
If Love Hadn't Left Me Lonely (2004) with Ice-T, Cindy Herron, Gary Busey, and David Alan Grier
Starsky & Hutch (2004) with Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Snoop Dogg, Vince Vaughn, Juliette Lewis, Jason Bateman, and Carmen Electra
Vegas Vampires (2003) with Daniel Baldwin and Bernie Casey
On the Edge (2002) with Gary Busey, Bernie Casey, Jim Brown, Ron O'Neal, and Ice-T
Shadow Fury (2001) with Sam Bottoms, Pat Morita, and Taylor Lautner
Carmen: A Hip Hopera (2001) with Mekhi Phifer, Beyonce Knowles, Wyclef Jean, and Bow Wow
Deadly Rhapsody (2001) with Freda Payne, Ice-T, M.C. Hammer, Cindy Herron, and Tone Loc
The Rage Within (2001)
Submerged (2000) with Coolio, Maxwell Caulfield, Nicole Eggert, and Dennis Weaver
Down 'n Dirty (2000) with Bubba Smith, Gary Busey, Tony Lo Bianco, Beverly Johnson, and David Carradine
Active Stealth (1999) with Daniel Baldwin and Andrew Stevens
Children of the Corn V: Fields of Terror (1998) with Alexis Arquette, Eva Mendes, Ahmet Zappa, and David Carradine
Whatever It Takes (1998) with Don 'The Dragon' Wilson and Andrew Dice Clay
Blackjack (1998) with Dolph Lundgren
Ride (1998) with Cedric the Entertainer
Night Vision (1997) with Cynthia Rothrock and Robert Forster
Original Gangstas (1996) with Jim Brown, Pam Grier, Paul Winfield, Isabel Sanford, Richard Roundtree, Ron O'Neal, and Robert Forster
From Dusk Till Dawn (1996) with Harvey Keitel, George Clooney, Quentin Tarantino, Juliette Lewis, Salma Hayek, Cheech Marin, Danny Trejo, Tom Savini, Michael Parks, John Saxon, and Kelly Preston
Murder Was the Case: The Movie (1995) with Snoop Dogg
Silent Hunter (1995) with Miles O'Keeffe
South Beach (1993) with Peter Fonda, Gary Busey, Robert Forster, Vanity, Isabel Sanford, Sam J. Jones, and Stella Stevens
Three Days to a Kill (1992) with Bo Svenson, Henry Silva, Van Johnson, and Chuck Connors
State of Mind (1992) with Paul Naschy
Deceptions (1992) with Jason Robards
Steele's Law (1991) with Bo Svenson
Delta Force Commando II: Priority Red One (1990) with Richard Hatch and Van Johnson
Black Cobra 3: The Manila Connection (1990) with Forry Smith
Detective Malone (1990)
The Kill Reflex (1989) with Maud Adams and Bo Svenson
Deadly Intent (1988) with Steve Railsback, Maud Adams, and Persis Khambatta
The Black Cobra 2 (1988) with Nicholas Hammond
Delta Force Commando (1987) with Bo Svenson
Inglorious Bastards 2: Hell's Heroes (1987) with Miles O'Keeffe and Chuck Connors
Black Cobra (1987) with Eva Grimaldi
The Messenger (1986) with Christopher Connelly, Cameron Mitchell, Val Avery, Joe Spinell, Michael Dante, and Peter Brown
Foxtrap (1986) with Christopher Connelly
Half Nelson (1985) with Joe Pesci, Victoria Jackson, Bubba Smith, Morgan Brittany, Rory Calhoun, George Kennedy, Bernie Kopell, and Gary Lockwood
Deadly Impact (1984) with Bo Svenson
Rome 2033: The Fighter Centurions (1984) with Jared Martin
White Fire (1984) with Robert Ginty, Jess Hahn, and Gordon Mitchell
The Big Score (1983) with Nancy Wilson, John Saxon, Richard Roundtree, Michael Dante, and Bruce Glover
The Last Fight (1983) with Ruben Blades, Joe Spinell, and Don King
Vigilante (1983) with Robert Forster, Rutanya Alda, Joe Spinell, Carol Lynley, and Woody Strode
Warrior of the Lost World (1983) with Robert Ginty, Persis Khambatta, and Donald Pleasence; once aired on Mystery Science Theater 300
One Down, Two to Go (1982) with Jim Brown, Jim Kelly, Richard Roundtree, and Joe Spinell
1990: The Bronx Warriors (1982) with Vic Morrow, Christopher Connelly, and George Eastman
Warriors of the Wasteland (1982) with George Eastman
Fear in the City (1981)
Fist of Fear, Touch of Death (1980) with Bruce Lee
Blind Rage (1978) with Tony Ferrer
The Inglorious Bastards (1978) with Bo Svenson
Mr. Mean (1977)
Joshua (1976) with Cal Bartlett
Death Journey (1976) with Bernard Kirby
No Way Back (1976) with Virginia Gregg, Mike Henry, and William Kerwin
Adiós Amigo (1976) with Richard Pryor, James Brown, Mike Henry, and Thalmus Rasulala
Mean Johnny Barrows (1976) with Roddy McDowall, Stuart Whitman, Anthony Caruso, Elliott Gould, and Mike Henry
Take a Hard Ride (1975) with Jim Brown, Lee Van Cleef, Jim Kelly, Barry Sullivan, Dana Andrews, and Robert Donner
Bucktown (1975) with Pam Grier, Thalmus Rasulala, Bernie Hamilton, and Carl Weathers
Boss Nigger (1975) with William Smith, R.G. Armstrong, and Don 'Red' Barry
Three the Hard Way (1974) with Jim Brown and Jim Kelly
Black Eye (1974) with Rosemary Forsyth, Teresa Graves, and Richard Anderson
Tough Guys (1974) with Isaac Hayes
Crazy Joe (1974) with Peter Boyle, Paula Prentiss, and Rip Torn
Hell Up in Harlem (1973) with Julius Harris, Gloria Hendry, and Margaret Avery
That Man Bolt (1973) with Teresa Graves
The Soul of Nigger Charley (1973) with Denise Nicholas, Pedro Armendáriz Jr., and Kevin Hagen
Black Caesar (1973) with Gloria Hendry, Julius Harris, William Wellman Jr., and Val Avery
Hammer (1972) with Bernie Hamilton, Vonetta McGee, and William Smith
The Legend of Nigger Charley (1972)
Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon (1970) with Liza Minnelli, Ken Howard, and James Coco
MASH (1970) with Donald Sutherland, Elliott Gould, Tom Skerritt, Sally Kellerman, Robert Duvall, Rene Auberjonois, Jo Ann Pflug, Gary Burghoff, and Bobby Troup
Deadlock (1969) with Leslie Nielsen, Aldo Ray, Ruby Dee, Joe Besser, and Dana Elcar

TELEVISION SERIES
Fast Track, 1997-1998 syndicated TV series. Williamson portrayed Lowell Carter
Half Nelson, 1985 NBC TV series. Williamson portrayed Chester Long
Julia, 1968-1971 NBC TV series. Williamson portrayed Steve Bruce from 1969 to 1971

TELEVISION GUEST APPEARANCES
Pushing Daisies, episode Water & Power, originally aired March 11, 2009
Knight Rider, episode Fly by Knight, originally aired February 11, 2009
Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide, episode Daydreaming & Gym, originally aired February 5, 2005
PSI Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal, episode All Hallow's Eve, originally aired November 1, 1998
PSI Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal, episode The Kiss, originally aired January 1, 1998
Renegade, episode Way Down Yonder in New Orleans, originally aired October 17, 1994
Amen, episode Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?, originally aired October 22, 1988
The Equalizer, episode Back Home, originally aired December 18, 1985
The Equalizer, episode Reign of Terror, originally aired December 11, 1985
Lou Grant, episode Violence, originally aired April 6, 1981
Fantasy Island, episode The Pug/Class of '69, originally aired November 24, 1979
CHiPs, episode Roller Disco: Parts 1 and 2, originally aired September 22, 1979
Supertrain, episode Express to Terror, originally aired February 7, 1979
Police Story, episode Thanksgiving, originally aired November 23, 1976
The Rookies, episode Johnny Lost His Gun, originally aired November 4, 1974
Police Story, episode Dangerous Games, originally aired October 2, 1973
The Bold Ones: The Protectors, episode A Case of Good Whiskey at Christmas Time, originally aired September 28, 1969
Star Trek, episode The Cloud Minders, originally aired February 28, 1969
The Outsider, episode The Flip Side, originally aired February 26, 1969
The Bold Ones: The Protectors, episode Deadlock, originally aired February 22, 1969
Ironside, episode Sergeant Mike, originally aired December 12, 1968

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