Lincoln Kilpatrick was an American film, television, and stage actor. Kilpatrick was born in St. Louis, Missouri and attended Lincoln University where he earned a degree in drama before he began his acting career.
With the persuasion of Billie Holiday, Kilpatrick began his career in 1959 in the Broadway production of A Raisin in the Sun. In the 1960s, he mainly guest-starred in television roles and bit parts in movies. His primary acting talents were showcased in stage and theater work, which he remained active in until his death. Kilpatrick made his film debut as the ill-fated Detective Dave Foster in the gritty 1958 crime drama thriller “Cop Hater.” Among the TV shows Kilpatrick did guest spots on are Naked City, Then Came Bronson, Medical Center, and many others.
Kilpatrick was a co-founder of the Kilpatrick-Cambridge Theatre Arts School in Hollywood, California. He was also the first African-American member of the Lincoln Center Repertory Company. Kilpatrick was married 47 years to the singer and stage performer Helena Ferguson from 1957 until his death from lung cancer in 2004.