Otis Young Movies and Career Information

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Jul 04, 1932


Otis E. Young (July 4, 1932 in Providence, Rhode Island – October 11, 2001) was an African-American actor. He was the first black actor to co-star in a television Western, The Outcasts (1968-1969), with Don Murray. Young played another memorable role as Jack Nicholson's shore-patrol partner in the 1973 comedy-drama film The Last Detail. Young, one of 14 children, joined the U.S. Marine Corps at the age of 17 and served in the Korean War. He then enrolled in acting classes at New York University School of Education where his classmate was the young Louis Gossett, Jr.. He trained at the Neighborhood Playhouse, and worked off-Broadway as an actor and writer in the early 1960s. (He appeared on Broadway in James Baldwin's "Blues for Mr. Charlie," with such notables as Diana Sands, and Al Freeman, Jr..) His first movie appearance was in Murder in Mississippi (1965). In 1983 Young earned his bachelor's degree from L. I. F. E. Bible College in Los Angeles and became an ordained pastor, eventually serving as senior pastor of Elim Foursquare Gospel Church in Rochester, New York, from 1986-1988. He taught acting classes at School Without Walls, a college-like alternative public high school in

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