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Ron O'Neal of "Superfly"

Blaxploitation legend and sexy.

by Anonymousreply 1510/13/2012

He was an incredibly sexy guy and very talented. But he claimed after Superfly all he was offered were roles as pimps and drug dealers. He never had the career he should have had.

by Anonymousreply 110/11/2012

Sexy is right, R1. He had a bit part in "When a Stranger Calls", and he was in "Toy Soldiers", "Red Dawn" and had a part as a professor on "A Different World", but he was definitely underutilized.

by Anonymousreply 210/11/2012

I worked with Ron on Broadway in the 1970s, so he did have a brief life outside of sexploitatin films.

by Anonymousreply 310/11/2012

Yes, he did Broadway. I may be wrong about this but I think he was a replacement in I LOVE MY WIFE.

by Anonymousreply 410/11/2012

Didn't he play a Cuban in Red Dawn?

When I was a kid, I always thought he was a Latino.

by Anonymousreply 510/11/2012

Please tell us more about Ron, Billy Boy!

by Anonymousreply 610/11/2012

Those outfits he wore in Superfly were hysterical, I used to think they were ridiculous even when I was a kid when the movie came out in the 70's. But the soundtrack was great and he was good in the part.

by Anonymousreply 710/11/2012

[quote]Didn't he play a Cuban in Red Dawn?

I believe so. He really could pass for Cuban.

by Anonymousreply 810/11/2012

Saw 'Superfly' for the first time about a year ago (I know), and couldn't believe how fucking hot he was. So gorgeous that I ended up buying the movie.

by Anonymousreply 910/11/2012

I love the bathtub scene.

by Anonymousreply 1010/11/2012

Was that all his own hair or some kind of weave?

by Anonymousreply 1110/12/2012

He played "Othello" in Stanford Conn opposite Captain Janeway herself, Kate Mulgrew. Let's just say that in the murder scene, you thought she was going to strangle him.

by Anonymousreply 1210/12/2012

[quote]Was that all his own hair or some kind of weave?

All his. He later started to bald, though.

by Anonymousreply 1310/13/2012

I wish he was still here.

by Anonymousreply 1410/13/2012

Just caught "Super Fly TNT" on cable, and man was he hot in that. The movie is beyond bad, but he's walking around shirtless in tight pants for a big portion of it. He goes to Africa and gets detained by some baddies, who make him take off his shirt, handcuff him, whip him, knock him around until he's dazed and haul him off to a dank cell. It sort of gave me an "Oz" vibe.

by Anonymousreply 1510/13/2012
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