Albert Popwell
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Popwell in Dirty Harry (1971)
Born(1926-07-15)July 15, 1926
New York City, New York, United States
DiedApril 9, 1999(1999-04-09) (aged 72)[1]
Los Angeles, California, United States
Years active1943–1995

Albert Popwell (July 15, 1926 – April 9, 1999) was an American stage, television and film actor with a career spanning six decades.[1]

Born in New York City, Popwell started as a professional dancer before taking up a career in acting. Popwell made his professional debut on Broadway at age 16 in The Pirate.[1]


Popwell was featured on many television series,[2] but is perhaps best known for his appearances in films opposite Clint Eastwood, with whom he appeared in five films, beginning with Coogan's Bluff (1968)[1] and in the first four of the five films in the Dirty Harry series, playing a different character in each film.[1] Popwell was the wounded bank robber at the receiving end of Eastwood's iconic "Do you feel lucky?" monologue from Dirty Harry (1971).[3] He was a murderous pimp in Magnum Force (1973),[2] appeared as militant Big Ed Mustapha in The Enforcer (1976)[2] and as Harry's detective colleague Horace King in Sudden Impact (1983).[1] Popwell was offered a role in the last film in the series, The Dead Pool (1988), but could not appear due to a scheduling conflict.

Popwell's final film role was opposite Sharon Stone in Scissors (1991).[4] He died eight years later, at age 72, from complications following open heart surgery.[1]

Selected filmography


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Albert Popwell, Dancer and Actor, 72". The New York Times. April 26, 1999.
  2. ^ a b c "Albert Popwell Filmography". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. 2016. Archived from the original on 2016-03-05.
  3. ^ "Dirty Harry". American Film Institute.
  4. ^ "Scissors Cast". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. 2016. Archived from the original on 2016-03-05.