Tommy Hollis

Performer
Tommy Hollis

Male

Born: March 22, 1954
Jacksonville, Texas, USA

Died: September 13, 2001
New York, New York, USA

The Broadway actor Tommy Hollis, the strong-voiced Booker T. Washington of Broadway's Ragtime, has died, according to colleagues in the theatre community.

Obituary: The Broadway actor Tommy Hollis, the strong-voiced Booker T. Washington of Broadway's Ragtime, has died, according to colleagues in the theatre community.

He died in his New York apartment Sept. 9, according to a representative at his agent's office. Sources in the theatre community say a heart attack may have felled the actor, who distinguished himself in plays by August Wilson, and as the voice of clear headed reason in the musical, Ragtime. Mr. Hollis' age was not immediately known.

Mr. Hollis won a Theatre World Award for appearing as Rev. Avery in Broadway's The Piano Lesson, a role he later recreated for the TV film of the August Wilson drama. In Wilson's Seven Guitars on Broadway, Mr. Hollis played Red Carter. He also created roles in George C. Wolfe's The Colored Museum in New York, London, Los Angeles and for the PBS production.

He originated the role of Bailey in Gloria Naylor's Bailey's Cafe and had a recurring role on the TV series, "I'll Fly Away." He played a featured role in Charles Fuller's "Zooman" for Showtime and in TV's "Separate But Equal" with Sidney Poitier and in Alex Haley's "Queen."

He played Malcolm X's father in the Spike Lee film, "Malcolm X," and was Fat Willie in Mike Nichols' "Primary Colors." His TV credits also included "The Vernon Johns Story" and the miniseries "Stay the Night."

A memorial service is being planned.

 

Roles

Playbill Cover - The Adventures of Tom Sawyer The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Apr. 26, 2001 - May 13, 2001
Reverend Sprague Performer
(Original)
Who's Who
Playbill Cover - Ragtime Ragtime
Jan. 18, 1998 - Jan. 16, 2000
Booker T. Washington Performer
(Original)
Who's Who
Playbill Cover - Seven Guitars Seven Guitars
Mar. 28, 1996 - Sep. 8, 1996
Red Carter Performer
(Original)
Who's Who
Playbill Cover - The Piano Lesson The Piano Lesson
Apr. 16, 1990 - Jan. 27, 1991
Avery Performer
(Original)
 
 

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Awards


Theatre World

Year Category Production Winner/Nominee
1990 Theatre World Award The Piano Lesson Winner
 
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