Lawrence Cook (actor)

Lawrence Cook (May 7, 1930 – December 27, 2003) was an American actor.[1]

Lawrence Cook
Born(1930-05-07)May 7, 1930
DiedDecember 27, 2003(2003-12-27) (aged 73)
Years active1970–1993

Cook starred in The Spook Who Sat by the Door (1973). In that film, which was based on the 1969 novel of the same name by Sam Greenlee, Cook portrayed Dan Freeman, a secret black nationalist who is trained by the CIA and later trains and leads black freedom fighters in an uprising against the U.S. government.

Before The Spook Who Sat by the Door, Cook appeared in films such as Cotton Comes to Harlem (1970) and Trouble Man (1972). After Spook, he appeared in Colors (1988) and Posse (1993), as well as in television series including Family Matters, The Mod Squad, Columbo and McMillan & Wife. He also appeared as Paul Grant on the daytime soap opera Days Of Our Lives in the mid-1970s.

Cook died in 2003 in Marina del Rey, California. He was buried in Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery.[2]


Year Title Role Notes
1970 The Landlord Larry
1970 Cotton Comes to Harlem 1st Young Black Man
1972 The Man Congeressman Steller
1972 Trouble Man Buddy
1973 The Spook Who Sat by the Door Dan Freeman
1975 Lord Shango Jabo
1988 Colors Officer Young
1992 Interceptor Major Haroldson
1992 Posse Cook
1993 No More Dirty Deals Carlton (final film role)


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