The late veteran star Austin Stoker, best known for John Carpenter’s sophomore work Raid on the 13th Precinct and co-starring with Pam Grier in the 1975 Braxploitation production Sheba, Baby, He died on Friday at the age of 92. He was at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles due to kidney failure.
Stoker’s wife of 43 years, Robin Stoker, posted information about his passing on Monday night on his Facebook page, according to Variety. “The love of my life,” Robin referred to Austin in her tribute.
In a separate tribute, actor and director Bill Duke praised Stoker as “one of Hollywood’s unsung heroes” and gave his blessings to the actor’s family.
Variety reports that Stoker will play Lt. Ethan Bishop, a black cop who must lead criminals, bystanders and office workers as the police station is besieged by a relentless army of street gang members. At the time, Stoker’s acting career was boosted by his lead role, which also cemented his status as a cult movie icon.
Along with the 13th Precinct, Stoker played a prominent role as Caesar’s right-hand man McDonald, played by Roddy McDowall in 1973’s Battle of the Planet of the Apes. He played Brick Williams, the lover of Pam Grier’s principal investigator, in the 1975 film Sheba, Baby, directed by William Girdler.
In addition to Girdler’s Getman and Abby, Airport 75, Time Walker, Combat Cops, and Zebra Killer, Stoker has had prominent roles in other films. He starred in his 2019 Rob His Zombie His horror movie 3 From Hell. His most recent listed film credit is 2022’s Black for his comedy “Give Till It Hurts.”
In the classic ABC television series Roots, which debuted in 1977, Stoker played Virgil Harvey, the father of Olivia Cole’s character Matilda.The Six Million Dollar Man, Lou Grant, Trapper John, MD, Murder She Wrote, and other shows have featured him. For his work in the play Split Seconds, Stoker also won the Drama Rogue Critics Award for his outstanding performance in theater.
According to Variety, Stoker was born Alfonso Marshall on October 7, 1930 in Trinidad before moving to New York to pursue a career in show business. In 1969, he appeared in the first television episode of ‘The Mod Squad’.
Stoker is left with his wife, Robin, and children, Tiffany and Origen. and his grandchildren Marcus and Austin.
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