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Basil Wallace (born January 15, 1951) is a Jamaica-born American actor. He was born in Kingston and immigrated to the United States as a child. His family first settled in Brooklyn, New York City. He, his parents, and his siblings then moved to Long Island, where he attended Hempstead High School.[2]

Basil Wallace
Born
Basil Anthony Wallace

(1951-01-15) January 15, 1951 (age 68) [1]
OccupationActor
Years active1973-2013

Wallace became interested in theater and, after graduating high school, entered New York University.[2] He attended NYU for two years, during which time he performed in his first off-off-Broadway play. He went on to work for many years as a playwright, actor, and theatre director in New York.

Early in Wallace's career, he became involved with La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club in Manhattan's East Village.[2] He acted in a production, called "Short Bullins", of four Ed Bullins one-act plays at La MaMa in 1972.[3] The Jarboro Company then took those one-acts (How Do You Do?, A Minor Scene, Dialect Determinism, and It Has No Choice, along with Bullins' Clara's Old Man and Richard Wesley's Black Terror) on tour to Italy.[4] He also acted in Clifford Mason's Sister Sadie, directed by Allie Woods at La MaMa in 1972.[5]

Wallace co-wrote (with Angela Marie Lee) and directed the play Sounds of a Silent Man at La MaMa in 1973,[6] and directed Edgar White's Lament for Rastafari at La MaMa in 1977.[7] He returned to La MaMa in 1987 to direct a work-in-progress reading of White's Tres Cepas (The Love Songs for China).[8]

Wallace taught at Lincoln Center Theater for a decade, was the drama director for School District 13 in the Bronx, and was the director of Mini-Mobile Theatre for two years. He was one of the founding members and served as artistic director for the first year of the Caribbean American Repertory Theatre.[2]

In 1990, he moved to Los Angeles and auditioned for the film Marked for Death. He was cast as the lead villain, Screwface. Wallace has continued to act in film and television throughout the 1990s and 2000s.

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FilmographyEdit

FilmEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1987 Eddie Murphy Raw Eddie's Father sketch
1990 Marked for Death Screwface
1991 Wedlock Emerald
1991 Grand Canyon Insurance Salesman
1992 Rapid Fire Agent Wesley
1993 Return of the Living Dead 3 Riverman
1995 Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home Reporter
1998 Caught Up Ahmad
1999 The Wood Lisa's Father
2001 Joy Ride Car Salesman
2002 Like Mike Drill Sergeant Dad
2006 Blood Diamond Benjamin Kapanay

TelevisionEdit

Year(s) Title Role Notes
1990 Star Trek: The Next Generation Klingon Guard #1 Episode 4.7: "Reunion"
1990 China Beach Rashid Episode 4.9: "The Call"
1991 Quantum Leap Jazz Boone Episode 4.10: "Unchained"
1992 Afterburn Terry Worth TV film
1993 Sirens Pacnow Episode 1.7: "Strike Two"
1994 NYPD Blue Reginald Harris Episode 2.2: "For Whom the Skell Rolls"
1995 Children of the Dust TV miniseries
1996 Dark Skies Barney Hill Episode 1&2: "The Awakening"
1997 Beverly Hills, 90210 Cop #1 Episode 7.17: "Face-Off"
1997 Bloodhounds Lt. Ron Coughlin TV film
1997 Diagnosis: Murder William Turner Episode 4.24: "The Merry Widow Murder"
1997 Soldier of Fortune, Inc. Episode 1.9: "Missing in Action"
1998 Born Free Josef Awaz 8 episodes
1998 Pensacola: Wings of Gold Pres. Louis Simone Episode 1.14: "Soldiers of Misfortune"
1998 The Practice Jerry Episode 2.21: "In Deep"
1999 ER Mr. Campbell Episode 5.17: "Sticks and Stones"
1999 Pacific Blue Episode 5.13: "Swimming the Dead Pool"
2000 The Pretender Sheriff Bowen Episode 4.8: "Rules of Engagement"
2000 Judging Amy Rev. Del Mueller Episode 2.3: "Instincts"
2000 City of Angels Joe 2 episodes
2001 Any Day Now Episode 3.19: "What If?"
2001 The Division Rupert Taylor Episode 1.14: "The Parent Trap"
2002 The West Wing McKonnen Loboko Episode 3.14: "Night Five"
2002 Philly Marcus Herman Episode 1.22: "Mojo Rising"
2002 The Agency Episode 2.2: "Air Lex"
2002 Strong Medicine Ezekiel Monroe-Howard Episodes 3.12: "Blush"
2003 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Principal Episodes 4.10: "Coming of Rage"
2004 LAX Fredericks Episodes 1.7: "Out of Control"
2007 NCIS Delphin Abaka Episode 5.8: "Designated Target"
2009 Burn Notice Claude Laurent Episode 2.14: "Truth and Reconciliation"
2012 NCIS: Los Angeles Ed Gornt Episode 3.14: "Partners"
2013 Eagleheart Bunju Episode 2.11: "Bringing Down Bunju"

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Birth date and name reference: Basil Wallace". FamilySearch.org. Retrieved March 8, 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d "Basil Wallace - Biography". BasilWallace.50Webs.com. Retrieved 2013-07-30.
  3. ^ La MaMa Archives Digital Collections. "Production: Short Bullins (1972)". Accessed April 3, 2018.
  4. ^ La MaMa Archives Digital Collections. "Tour: Jarboro Company in Italy (1972)". Accessed April 3, 2018.
  5. ^ La MaMa Archives Digital Collections. "Production: Sister Sadie (1972)". Accessed April 3, 2018.
  6. ^ La MaMa Archives Digital Collections. "Production: Sounds of a Silent Man (1973)". Accessed April 3, 2018.
  7. ^ La MaMa Archives Digital Collections. "Production: Lament for Rastafari (1977)". Accessed April 3, 2018.
  8. ^ La MaMa Archives Digital Collections. "Production: Tres Cepas (1987)". Accessed April 3, 2018.

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