59 (passed away Jan. 15th, 1992)
Apr. 10th, 1932
Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
Hari Rhodes' Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles1981 - Sharky's Machine
1978 - Coma
1972 - Conquest of the Planet of the Apes
1965 - Mirage
1965 - The Satan Bug
1963 - Shock Corridor
Guest TV Roles
District Attorney William Washburn
Police Lt. Dexter
Daniel 'Ginger' Dodds
Hari Rhodes (April 10, 1932 – January 15, 1992) was an American author and actor whose career spanned three decades beginning around 1960.
He was sometimes billed as Harry Rhodes and appeared in sixty-six films or television programs, such as ABC's medical drama about psychiatry, Breaking Point. Most of his appearances were in minor roles, according to IMDB.
In a 1968 TV Guide interview, Rhodes described growing up in a rough section of Cincinnati: "We lived between the railroad tracks and the river bank. The flood ran us out every winter but we'd always come back, kick out the mud and settle down again until flood time. All the boys had to learn how to hop freights and throw pieces of coal off. All I ever knew was rats, roaches and poverty."
When he was 15, Rhodes spent two months learning to copy his mother's signature and forged it on enlistment papers to join the U.S. Marine Corps.
In the Marines, Rhodes was a member of his camp's judo team for two years. He eventually gained the rank of sergeant and served in Korea, where he led a reconnaissance platoon behind enemy lines.
"The time I got wounded at the Chosan Reservoir, a Chinese came running toward me," Rhodes told TV Guide. "My Thompson submachine gun was unloaded. I threw it down so he wouldn't shoot. His face almost smiled. He had his bayonet on my chest. He began slashing my arms. I got him with an 8-inch knife."
His most notable television role was on the TV miniseries Roots (1977), as a leader of Kunta Kinte's village. He had a pioneering role as an African-American in science fiction television. His portrayal of a Lt. Travers, member of a lunar exploration team in the "Moonstone" episode of The Outer Limits (1964), pre-dated Nichelle Nichols' portrayal of a black member (Lt. Uhura) of a space exploration crew on Star Trek. His biggest early role was as Mike, the second male lead on the veterinary drama Daktari, which ran on CBS from 1966-1969. He played Mr. MacDonald, who aids Caesar in Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (1972); in 1973 he was the star of the blaxploitation film Detroit 9000. In 1966 he played a supporting role as Captain Davis in the successful suspense-comedy motion piction "Blindfold," starring Rock Hudson and Claudia Cardinale.
Rhodes first television role was in a 1957 episode of Zane Grey Theater that starred Sammy Davis Jr. The role came just one year after Rhodes had received a rude lesson in racial prejudice.
Rhodes channeled his anger into a novel, A Chosen Few, which was published in a paperback edition. A Chosen Few was described as "an explosive personal portrait of what (Rhodes) saw and lived through in the heart of the South in the last all-Negro Marine boot camp." The novel's uneducated hero remarks, "Bitterness … is a consuming, cancerous quality out of which comes nothing but self-destruction, while out of an anger can come many constructive things, if nothing more than the drive to get something done."
Rhodes later penned two unpublished novels: Harambee, about a man with a plan to liquidate the world's entire Caucasian population, and Land of Odds, about Hollywood.
Rhodes told TV Guide that writing served as his safety valve. "I'd rather be writing my own than reading somebody else's. I have no need for it." Rhodes said.
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