Albert Popwell as the bank robber in Dirty Harry
July 15, 1926|
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Died||April 9, 1999
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Albert Popwell (July 15, 1926 – April 9, 1999) was an African American actor in television and films from the late 1960s. Born in New York City, Popwell started as a professional dancer before taking up a career in acting.
He was more prolific on TV in character roles in various series, but he is perhaps best known for his appearances in films opposite Clint Eastwood, whom he supported on five occasions, notably in the first four films of the Dirty Harry series. He was a wounded bank robber at the receiving end of Eastwood's now legendary "Do I feel lucky?" monologue from Dirty Harry (1971) and was most notable as a murderous pimp in Magnum Force (1973). He appeared as Big Ed Mustapha in the The Enforcer (1976) and on the right side of the law, as Eastwood's partner in Sudden Impact (1983). He did not appear in the last film in the series, The Dead Pool, due to a scheduling conflict.
With Clint Eastwood
- Coogan's Bluff (1968)
- Dirty Harry (1971)
- Magnum Force (1973)
- The Enforcer (1976)
- Sudden Impact (1983)
- Journey to Shiloh (1968)
- Search (1972)
- Fuzz (1972)
- Charley Varrick (1973)
- Cleopatra Jones (1973)
- Cleopatra Jones and the Casino of Gold (1975)
- Emergency! (episode: "905-Wild", failed pilot for spin-off, 1975)
- The Streets of San Francisco (episode: "Poisoned Snow", 1975)
- The Buddy Holly Story (1978)
- Wonder Woman (episode: "The Deadly Dolphin", 1978)
- Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (episode: "Cosmic Whiz Kid", 1979)
- The A-Team (episode: "The Out-Of Towners", 1983)
- Magnum, P.I. (episode: "Missing Melody", 1986)
- Who's That Girl (1987)
- The Siege of Firebase Gloria (1989)
- Scissors (1991)