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Subject: Archive: Albert popwell, Apr. 9, 1999


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Date Posted: Sunday, April 09, 04:41:52pm

Albert "Poppy" Popwell, 72, a veteran character actor who became part of cinematic and pop history when Clint Eastwood as "Dirty Harry" trained his magnum on him and challenged him to "Go ahead, make my day."

In a career that spanned 60 years, Popwell appeared on stage, screen and television. He was in four of the "Dirty Harry" films, with his largest role in that series being Det. Horace King in "Sudden Impact." Other film credits include "Blume in Love," "Charley Varrick" and "Cleopatra Jones."


On television he made regular appearances on shows such as "The Name of the Game," "Gomer Pyle," "The Streets of San Francisco," "Ironside" and "McCloud." Popwell, a native of New York City, grew up during the Harlem Renaissance and danced in several Broadway shows during his teenage years. He was only 12 when he landed his first notable role, in "The Pirates," starring Alan Lunt and Lynn Fontanne.

His last Broadway show was "Golden Boy," starring Sammy Davis Jr. A longtime member of the National Assn. for the Advancement of Colored People, Popwell was particularly active in the organization's acting program for children and teens. On April 9, at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center of complications from open-heart surgery.

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