was born in Baltimore, Md, October 17, 1952, and started acting at Towson State College. He left after two years to work at the Baltimore public TV station. In 1974, he went to New York and appeared on Broadway. "Medal of Honor Rag"
brought him acclaim and movie roles. He had a 1981 Oscar nomination for "Ragtime"
. He'd done miniseries "Roots: The Next Generation"
, and TV movies "The Member Of The Wedding"
, "The Boy King"
and "The Johnnie Gibson Story"
. He was nominated for a daytime Emmy for "Another World"
In "The Heat of the Night,"
Howard Rollins starred opposite Carroll O'Connor
as a black detective from Philadelphia working in a racially volatile Southern town. Mr. Rollins' drug use repeatedly got him into legal trouble, and he was written out of the series after the 1992-93 season. Carl Weathers
was added to the cast.
Howard Rollins died on Sunday, 8 December 1996, in New York, NY, , shortly before 2 p.m. in St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital.
A bacterial infection from septic shock due to complications from Lymphoma was the cause of his death.