If you are one that has watch soap operas over the years, you probably remember #Al Freeman, Jr. from his starring role on “One Life to Live.” He was one of the most well-known African-American faces on television during the early 1970s through 80s. He played, Ed Hall, police captain on One Life to Live, which he won a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor for the role in 1979. Freeman was the first African-American actor to earn the award.
Freeman was born on March 21, 1934 and was raised by his father an actor and jazz musician, after his parents divorced. After studying drama at Los Angeles City College, Freeman moved to New York City to act in the theater. Freeman appeared in many plays, but he became well-known in his television appearance in Suspicion and One Life to Live.
He also appeared in other films such as: Down in the Delta, Malcom X and many others. He also appeared on Broadway in 1970 as Homer Smith in “Look to the Lilies.” Plays Freeman appeared in included, “Journey into the Night”, and “Slave/Toilet”. He also made appearances on shows such as “Law & Order”, “Homicide”, “The Edge of the Nigh”t and “Cosby Show”. Freeman was a professor in the drama department of Howard University. When he died on August 9, 2012, in Washington, D.C. at the age of 78, he had established himself as a legend in the #African American arts community.