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Jessie Lawrence Ferguson (June 8, 1941 – April 26, 2019) was an American actor.[1] He was best known for playing the self-hating police officer in John Singleton's Academy Award-nominated film Boyz n the Hood.

Jessie Lawrence Ferguson
Born(1941-06-08)June 8, 1941
DiedApril 26, 2019(2019-04-26) (aged 77)
Years active1979–1995



Ferguson was born in The Bronx, New York, on June 8, 1941. He lived there until the mid 1950s until moving to Chicago, Illinois. His first major role was in Starsky and Hutch in 1979. Ferguson is best known for his roles in Boyz n the Hood and John Carpenter's Prince of Darkness and Sam Raimi's Darkman. He has also had roles in Mike Hammer: Murder Takes All, Star Trek: The Next Generation, The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension, All Night Long and The Fish that Saved Pittsburgh. Ferguson died on April 26, 2019 at the age of 77 in Palmdale, California.[2]


Year Title Role Notes
1979 The Onion Field Gamblin' Man uncredited
1979 The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh Jackhammer Washington
1981 All Night Long Jacob Horowitz uncredited
1983 Good-bye, Cruel World Rev. Mike as Jesse Laurence Ferguson
1984 Amazons Baker TV film
1984 The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension Black Lectroid Commander
1986 Neon Maniacs Carson
1986 The Supernaturals Recruit #2
1987 Prince of Darkness Calder
1988 The Presidio Pilot at Travis AFB
1989 Mike Hammer: Murder Takes All John McNiece TV film
1990 Darkman Eddie Black
1991 Boyz n the Hood Officer Coffey as Jesse Ferguson


  1. ^ "Jessie Lawrence Ferguson". The New York Times. Retrieved January 31, 2014.
  2. ^ "'Boyz n the Hood' Dirty Cop Actor Jessie Lawrence Ferguson Dead at 76".

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