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King (miniseries)

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Director  Abby Mann
First episode date  February 12, 1978
Country  United States
8/10 IMDb

Genre  Biography, Drama
Language  English
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Release date  February 12–14, 1978
Nominations  Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Cast  Paul Winfield (Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.), Cicely Tyson (Coretta Scott King), Ossie Davis (Rev. Martin Luther King Sr.), Cliff De Young (Robert F. Kennedy)
Similar movies  Cicely Tyson appears in King and The Rosa Parks Story

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King is a 1978 American television miniseries based on the life of Martin Luther King Jr., the American civil rights leader and 1964 Nobel laureate. It aired for three consecutive nights on NBC from February 12 through 14, 1978. The miniseries earned nine Emmy Award nominations, including nominations for actors Paul Winfield, Cicely Tyson and Ossie Davis. Several real-life figures from the Civil Rights Movement had minor roles in the production, including then-Atlanta mayor Maynard Jackson, King's sister Christine King Farris, his niece Alveda King, and his four children: Yolanda, Martin III, Dexter and Bernice. Donzaleigh Abernathy, Tony Bennett, Julian Bond and Ramsey Clark each portrayed themselves.


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  • Paul Winfield as Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Cicely Tyson as Coretta Scott King
  • Tony Bennett as Himself
  • Roscoe Lee Browne as Phillip Harrison
  • Lonny Chapman as Chief Frank Holloman
  • Ossie Davis as Martin Luther King, Sr.
  • Cliff DeYoung as Robert F. Kennedy
  • Al Freeman, Jr. as Damon Lockwood
  • Clu Gulager as William C. Sullivan
  • Steven Hill as Stanley Levison
  • William Jordan as John F. Kennedy
  • Warren J. Kemmerling as Lyndon B. Johnson
  • Lincoln Kilpatrick as Jerry Waring
  • Kenneth McMillan as Theophilus E. "Bull" Connor
  • Howard E. Rollins, Jr. as Andrew Young
  • David Spielberg as David Beamer
  • Dolph Sweet as J. Edgar Hoover
  • Dick Anthony Williams as Malcolm X
  • Art Evans as A.D. King
  • Frances Foster as Alberta Williams King
  • Tony Holmes as Martin Luther King III
  • Felecia Hunter as Yolanda King
  • Roger Robinson as Fred Shuttlesworth
  • Ernie Lee Banks as Ralph Abernathy
  • Donzaleigh Abernathy as Herself
  • Alveda King as Babysitter
  • Julian Bond as Himself
  • Ramsey Clark as Himself
  • Christine King Farris as Ferris Church Soloist
  • Maynard Jackson as Wallace Whitmore
  • Bernice King as Student
  • Dexter Scott King as Student #2
  • Martin Luther King III as Rev. Briggs
  • Yolanda King as Rosa Parks
  • Annazette Chase was considered to portray Coretta Scott King.

    DVD release

    The miniseries was released on DVD on January 11, 2005, nearly 27 years after it first aired on television.


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