Paul Winfield

  • Birth Name: Paul Edward Winfield
  • Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, United States
  • Died: March 7, 2004
  • Profession: Actor, Voice-overs
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Fast Facts

  • Spent much time as a child in segregated movie theaters, and when he saw the movie Home of the Brave (1949), which featured an African American in a lead role, he knew that he wanted to become a performer.
  • Was recognized as Best Actor for three years in high school against several other Southern California drama students; he was offered a scholarship to Yale, but turned it down.
  • Was the third African-American actor, behind Sidney Poitier and James Earl Jones, to be nominated for a Best Actor Oscar, for his role in Sounder in 1972.
  • Known for his distinctive voice, he lent it to various animated series, such as The Magic School Bus and The Simpsons, and he was the narrator for A&E's series City Confidential until his death in 2004. 
  • Spoke out strongly for civil rights through his lifetime and was recognized for this; he won an NAACP Image Award and was inducted into the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame.


  • 1995, Emmy — Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series: Winner
  • 1979, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Special: Nominee
  • 1972, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 1978, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series: Nominee


  • Patricia Wilson — Half Sister
  • Charles Gillan Jr. — Ex-significant Other
  • Cicely Tyson — Ex-significant Other
  • Gina Loring — Cousin
  • Claude Marshall — Cousin
  • Tariq Marshall — Cousin
  • Lois Beatrice Winfield — Mother
  • William Marshall — Cousin
  • Malcolm Marshall — Cousin
  • Clarence Winfield — Stepfather


  • Attended University of Portland, Portland, Oregon, United States; attended Stanford University, Stanford, California, United States; attended Los Angeles City College, Los Angeles, CA, United States; attended University of California, Los Angeles, CA, US

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