Lincoln Kilpatrick
Kilpatrick in 1968
Born(1932-02-12)February 12, 1932
DiedMay 18, 2004(2004-05-18) (aged 72)
OccupationFilm, television actor
Years active1958–2002
Helen Ferguson Kilpatrick
(m. 1957; his death 2004)
Children5, including Erik Kilpatrick and Lincoln Kilpatrick Jr.

Lincoln Kilpatrick (February 12, 1932 – May 18, 2004) was an American film, television, and stage actor.



Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Kilpatrick attended Lincoln University and earned a degree in drama before he began acting. Encouraged by 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 was 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.[1][2]

Personal life and death

Kilpatrick was married 47 years to the singer and stage performer Helena Ferguson from 1957 until his death from lung cancer in 2004. Kilpatrick had five children: actor and composer Lincoln Kilpatrick Jr.; writer, director and actor DaCarla Kilpatrick; actor and director Erik Kilpatrick; actor Jozella Reed; and producer Marjorie L. Kilpatrick.[1] He was buried at the Forest Lawn, Hollywood Hills Cemetery in Los Angeles.


Year Title Role Notes
1958 Cop Hater Detective Dave Foster
1968 Madigan Patrolman Grimes
A Lovely Way to Die Daley Alternative title: A Lovely Way to Go
What's So Bad About Feeling Good? Wilson Uncredited
1969 The Lost Man Minister
Stiletto Hannibal Smith
Generation Hey Hey Alternative titles: A Time for Giving and A Time for Caring
1970 The Curious Female Uncle Charlie Alternative title: Curious Females
The Red, White, and Black Sgt. Hatch Alternative titles: Black Cavalry, Buffalo Soldiers, and Soul Soldiers
1971 Brother John Charley Gray
The Omega Man Zachary
Honky Fabulous Traveling Shoes
1972 Cool Breeze Lt. Brian Knowles
1973 Soylent Green Father Paul
1974 Chosen Survivors Woody Russo
Uptown Saturday Night Slim's Henchman #1
Together Brothers Billy Most First portrayal of a transgender African American in a feature film
1975 The Master Gunfighter Jacques
1983 Deadly Force Otto Hoxley
1987 Flicks Walt Alternative titles: Hollyweird and Loose Joints; segment: 'New Adventures of the Great Galaxy'
Hollywood Cop Jaguar
Prison Cresus
1988 Bulletproof Captain Briggs
1993 Fortress Abraham
1995 Piranha Father
2002 The Stoneman Sgt. Wykorski (final film role)
Year Title Role Notes
1962–1963 Naked City Cappy Fleers
George - Bailiff
2 episodes
1963 The Nurses Will 1 episode
1965 Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre 1 episode
1969 The Leslie Uggams Show Unknown episodes
The Bold Ones: The Lawyers Clellan Episode: "The People Against Ortega"
Then Came Bronson Leuty Giles 1 episode
1969–1972 Medical Center Jolly
2 episodes
1970 The Mask of Sheba Ben Takahene Television movie
1970–1972 Ironside Tom Reinike
2 episodes
The Bold Ones: The New Doctors Gil Dodds
2 episodes
1971 The Bold Ones: The Senator Isaac Johnson Episode: "A Single Blow of the Sword"
Bearcats! Jake 1 episode
1972 McCloud Calvin Jones 1 episode
1974 Police Story Sergeant Bruckner 1 episode
Mannix Lonnie 1 episode
1975 Harry O Nat Collins 1 episode
Baretta Jefferson Hayes 1 episode
1976 Just an Old Sweet Song Joe Mayfield Television movie
Arthur Hailey's the Moneychangers Deacon Euphrates Miniseries
1977 Tales of the Unexpected 1 episode
Hunter Jackson 2 episodes
1978 Kojak Flynn 1 episode
King Jerry Waring Miniseries
Dr. Scorpion Eddie Television movie
The White Shadow Reverend Jackson 1 episode, uncredited
1980 Buck Rogers in the 25th Century Dr. Ecbar Episode: "Space Vampire"
The Jeffersons Doctor Episode: "The Jeffersons Go to Hawaii (Part 1)"
1982 The Greatest American Hero Le Masters 1 episode
1983 Hill Street Blues Hawkins Sr Episode: "Moon Over Uranus: The Final Legacy"
1983–1985 Matt Houston Lt. Michael Hoyt 44 episodes
1984 Trapper John, M.D. 1 episode
1987 Frank's Place Reverend Deal 1 episode
1988 227 Mr. DeWitt Episode: "The Whiz"
1989 Amen Walter Newton 1 episode
1990 Gabriel's Fire Ted Duke 3 episodes
1991 Tagget Loman Television movie
Chance of a Lifetime Television movie
1993 Doogie Howser, M.D. Judge Episode: "Eleven Angry People... and Vinnie"
1994 Frasier Artie Episode: "Burying a Grudge"
1995 Martin John Pittman Episode: "'Xpress Yourself"
Melrose Place Public Defender Episode: "Framing of the Shrews"
Piranha Father Television movie
1996 Sisters Eli Hayes 1 episode
1998 NYPD Blue Darwin Episode: "Honeymoon at Viagra Falls"
2000 ER Chet Fulton Episode: "Loose Ends"


  1. ^ a b "Veteran actor Lincoln Kilpatrick succumbs at 73 in Los Angeles". Jet. 2004-06-14. Archived from the original on 2015-11-06. Retrieved 2008-10-28.
  2. ^ "Lincoln Kilpatrick, 72, Theater and Film Actor". The New York Times. 2004-05-30. Retrieved 2008-10-28.