Actor Who Played Hon. Elijah Muhammad in “Malcolm X” Dies at the age of 78
The man who played the Honorable Elijah Muhammad in the film, “Malcolm X” has died at the age of 78. Albert Freeman Jr.’s death was confirmed this week by Howard University. Freeman was an acting professor on campus and artistic director of the school’s 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. … He has mentored and taught scores of outstanding actors. He was a resounding voice of Howard and will be missed,” university spokeswoman Kerry-Ann Hamilton said in a statement.
Freeman won an NAACP Image Award for his role in the Malcolm X film, which was made in 1992. The film has long been considered a classic and one of the greatest movies ever made. Oddly enough, Freeman also played Malcolm X himself in “Roots: The Next Generations.”