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Sunday, 28 September 2014

BLACK SOCIAL HISTORY : AFRICAN AMERICAN "" RAYMOND St JACQUES " WAS AN ACTOR AND THE FIRST BLACK ACTOR TO APPEAR IN A REGULAR ROLE ON A WESTERN SRIES, PLAYING SIMON BLAKE ON "RAWHIDE" : GOES INTO THE " HALL OF BLACK HEROES "

 BLACK          SOCIAL           HISTORY                                                                                                                                   Raymond St. Jacques


Raymond St. Jacques
John Ireland Raymond St.Jacques Rawhide 1965.JPG
St. Jacques (right) as Simon Blake with John Ireland, 1965.
BornMarch 1, 1930
Hartford, Connecticut
DiedAugust 27, 1990 (aged 60)
Los AngelesCalifornia
Cause of death
Lymphoma
Resting place
Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills)
OccupationActor
Raymond St. Jacques (March 1, 1930 – August 27, 1990) was an American actor. He was the first black actor to appear in a regular role on a western series, playing Simon Blake on Rawhide.

Career

St. Jacques was born James Arthur Johnson in Hartford, Connecticut, the son of Vivienne Johnson, a medical technician.[1] A life member of The Actors Studio,[2] St. Jacques was known for playing the roles of Coffin Ed in the 1970 blaxploitation classic Cotton Comes to HarlemThe Green Berets, he had an early role in The Pawnbroker, the street preacher in They Live, the investigator Baxter in The Invaders episode "The Vise" (1968), and a two year stint as Judge Clayton C. Thomas on the syndicated TV show Superior Court from 1988 to 1989. He also played abolitionist Frederick Douglass in Edward Zwick's Glory.
St. Jacques died from AIDS related lymphoma in Los Angeles, California in 1990.