Ji-Tu Cumbuka

Ji-Tu Cumbuka (born March 4, 1942 in Montgomery County, Alabama, according to IMDb; some sources list his birthyear as 1941) is an American veteran stage and screen actor. Born in Alabama to a Baptist minister who believed acting was "the devil's work", he left home and moved to New York. After several difficult years he enlisted in the Army where he played football and ran track. Ji-Tu made All-Army in both sports. He was offered many college scholarships, but chose to attend Texas Southern. After Texas Southern he moved to California to pursue his acting career and continued his education at Columbia College in New York City, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and a Masters Degree in Cinematography. After three years of attending acting classes and acting in community plays and workshops he landed a role in the movie Up Tight! directed by Jules Dassin. Cumbuka has appeared in films such as Harlem Nights, Brewster's Millions, Out of Bounds, Mandingo and Bound for Glory, as well as minor appearances in 30 other films. He appeared as former NBA guard Oscar Robertson in the bio-drama pic Maurie about the life and care of late former quadraplegic NBA forward Maurice Stokes.


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