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James Earl Jones was on ATWT and GL?

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#1 Kendall



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Posted 17 December 2012 - 12:54 AM

according to this ABC press release from a year ago

I seriously had no clue that ATWT had a african american MALE on their show in the late 60s..does anyone know something about his character?
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#2 ReddFoxx


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Posted 17 December 2012 - 01:12 AM

On Guiding Light, his character was a doctor who was a Korean War vet. Billy Dee Williams originally played the played the character.


His character on As The World Turns was a doctor too.

Edited by ReddFoxx, 17 December 2012 - 01:13 AM.

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#3 Khan


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Posted 17 December 2012 - 01:17 AM

It's a shame, too, GL didn't do more with Jim and Martha Frazier or bring them back years later, when P&G might have been less skittish about AA characters sharing screen-time with their Caucasian counterparts. The Fraziers would have been a solid (and much-needed) Black family with strong ties both to the community and to the show's history.

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#4 Paul Raven

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Posted 17 December 2012 - 01:26 AM

On ATWT he was Dr Jerry Turner.

I recall an interview or article about this topic with Irna saying she had to fight to have black characters on the show and that the network and or P&G onlty wanted them depicted in 'servant' roles eg waitress/janitor roles whereas Irna wanted to portray them as professionals.
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#5 Dr Neil Curtis

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Posted 17 December 2012 - 08:33 AM

Martha was played by Cicely Tyson then Ruby Dee I think.
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