Albert Popwell

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Albert Popwell
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Albert Popwell as the bank robber in Dirty Harry
Born (1926-07-15)July 15, 1926
New York City, New York, U.S.
Died April 9, 1999(1999-04-09) (aged 72)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1953–1995

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.

Film career[edit]

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.

One of his final roles was opposite Sharon Stone in Scissors (1991). He died eight years later, at age 72, from open-heart surgery complications.[1]

He is also remembered as the bank robber [2] in Dirty Harry with the classic line, "I gots to know".[3]

Selected filmography[edit]

With Clint Eastwood[edit]

Other appearances[edit]


  1. ^ "Albert Popwell obituary". 1999-04-26. Retrieved 2011-07-26. 
  2. ^ Movie Quoter "I gots to know."
  3. ^ IMDB Dirty Harry (1971) Quotes

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