Los Angeles detective Mr. T (Robert Hooks) gets caught up in the middle of a gang war in this 1970s blaxploitation drama. Hired by two criminals to uncover the identity of a mysterious rival, the smooth-talking P.I. cruises the mean streets in his Lincoln Mark IV, staying cool even when he’s pulled into a violent underworld clash. Soul man Marvin Gaye scored the film’s jazzy soundtrack. Paul Winfield, Bill Smithers and Ralph Waite co-star.
Ivan Dixon, a handsome, mustachioed African-American actor and director who carried a strong, serious nature about his solid frame, initially earned attention on the ground-breaking stage and film with pronounced themes of social and racial relevance. He would become better known, however, for his ensemble playing in the nonsensical but popular WWII sitcom “Hogan’s Heroes” (1965). His role as a POW radio technician, while heightening his visibility, did little to satisfy his creative needs. Overshadowed by the flashier posturings of stars Bob Crane, Werner Klemperer and John Banner, Ivan eventually left the series, the only one of the original cast to do so. In retrospect, he was among the few African-American male actors in the 1960s, along with Bill Cosby and Greg Morris, to either star or co-star on a major TV series.
Born Ivan Nathaniel Dixon III on April 6, 1931, in New York’s Harlem district, his parents originally owned a grocery store. He grew up, however, in the South… read more