Actor Austin Stoker, 92, of “Assault on Precinct 13” and “Roots,” died.
Austin Stoker, a Trinidadian-American actor who appeared in Roots and Assault on Precinct 13, has passed away. On Friday, October 7, the actor’s 92nd birthday, his wife Robin Stoker confirmed his passing.
Renal failure is said to have caused Stoker to pass away calmly and be surrounded by his loved ones. The actor leaves behind his wife of more than 40 years, daughter Tiffany, son Origen, and two grandchildren, Marcus and little Austin.
Stoker, who was born and reared in Trinidad’s Port-of-Spain, started acting at the age of 11. He joined The Whitehall Players when he was 16 years old, and four years later he traveled to New York City to join the dance company Holder Dance Company.
After being selected by the American Army, Stoker served his country with distinction before being dismissed. He would keep honing his acting skills, and in 1969, one of his earliest television appearances was in the show Mod Squad.
Later, he appeared on television in the shows Love, American Style (1970), Men at Law (1971), Monty Nash (1971), Love Thy Neighbor (1973), McCloud (1974), and Kojak (1974). (1974). Along with these roles, Stoker would go on to appear in Horror High and Battle of the Planet of the Apes (1973). (1973).
He co-starred with Pam Grier in the 1975 movie Sheba, Baby. He provided the voice of Caesar in the animated series Return of the Planet of the Apes that same year. He would go on to star in one of his most enduring roles in John Carpenter’s Assault on Precinct 13 the following year as Lt. Ethan Bishop, a police officer assigned to oversee a shuttered L.A. police station.
The Incredible Hulk (1979), Lou Grant (1977), Falcon Crest (1989), The Six Million Dollar Man (1975), the ABC miniseries Roots (1977), in which he played Virgil Harvey, and several other television programs were among those in which Stoker appeared.
He joined The Bold and the Beautiful’s cast at the beginning of the 1990s, playing Mitchell Owens. His final acting role was as Reverend Bishop in the 2022 movie Give Till It Hurts.
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