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A commanding African-American actor who hit his stride with an Oscar nomination for Sounder (1972), Paul Winfield was born in Los Angeles on May 22, 1940, and launched his acting career as an artist in residence at Stanford University. His long résumé spans the worlds of theater, television and film.

When Winfield received his Best Actor nod, he added his name to an elite roster of black actors who had been nominated for their work in leading roles. In fact, at the time, there were only two other names on the list: Sidney Poitier and James Earl Jones. Winfield also won an Emmy for a guest role on "Picket Fences" in 1995.

Although he traditionally played straight men and portrayed homosexual characters only twice in his career, Winfield was openly gay in his private life and lived with the same partner for 30 years. Winfield died on March 7, 2004.

Paul Winfield in The Terminator

The Terminator

1984 R

In the post-apocalyptic future, tyrannical supercomputers teleport a cyborg assassin back to 1984 to snuff Sarah Connor, whose unborn son is destined to lead the human insurgents. Meanwhile, the rebels dispatch a lone warrior to safeguard Sarah.

  • Paul Winfield in Presumed Innocent Presumed Innocent
  • Paul Winfield in Cliffhanger Cliffhanger
  • Paul Winfield in The Serpent and the Rainbow The Serpent and the Rainbow
  • Paul Winfield in Sounder Sounder
  • Paul Winfield in Dennis the Menace Dennis the Menace
  • Paul Winfield in Hustle Hustle
  • Paul Winfield in Trouble Man Trouble Man
  • Paul Winfield in Twilight's Last Gleaming Twilight's Last Gleaming
  • Paul Winfield in A Hero Ain't Nothin' But a Sandwich A Hero Ain't Nothin' But a Sandwich
  • Paul Winfield in Carbon Copy Carbon Copy
  • Paul Winfield in White Dog White Dog
  • Paul Winfield in The Blue and the Gray The Blue and the Gray
  • Paul Winfield in The Women of Brewster Place The Women of Brewster Place
  • Paul Winfield in Batman Beyond: Tech Wars Batman Beyond: Tech Wars
  • Paul Winfield in Batman Beyond: School Dayz / Spellbound Batman Beyond: School Dayz / Spellbound
  • Paul Winfield in King King
  • Paul Winfield in Backstairs at the White House Backstairs at the White House
  • Paul Winfield in Roots: The Next Generations Roots: The Next Generations
  • Paul Winfield in Blue City Blue City
  • Paul Winfield in Alex Haley's Queen Alex Haley's Queen
  • Paul Winfield in Relax ... It's Just Sex Relax ... It's Just Sex
  • Paul Winfield in Catfish in Black Bean Sauce Catfish in Black Bean Sauce
  • Paul Winfield in Kids Ten Commandments: Toying with Truth Kids Ten Commandments: Toying with Truth
  • Paul Winfield in Kids Ten Commandments: Stolen Jewels, Kids Ten Commandments: Stolen Jewels,
  • Paul Winfield in Kids Ten Commandments: Life and Seth Kids Ten Commandments: Life and Seth
  • Paul Winfield in Kids Ten Commandments: Not So Golden Calf Kids Ten Commandments: Not So Golden Calf
  • Paul Winfield in Sounder Sounder