Raymond St. Jacques

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Raymond St. Jacques
John Ireland Raymond St.Jacques Rawhide 1965.JPG
St. Jacques (right) as Simon Blake with John Ireland, 1965.
Born (1930-03-01)March 1, 1930
Hartford, Connecticut
Died August 27, 1990(1990-08-27) (aged 60)
Los Angeles, California
Cause of death
Lymphoma
Resting place
Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills)
Occupation Actor

Raymond St. Jacques (March 1, 1930 – August 27, 1990) was an American actor. He was the first black actor to appear in a regular role on a western series, playing Simon Blake on Rawhide.

Career[edit]

St. Jacques was born James Arthur Johnson in Hartford, Connecticut, the son of Vivienne Johnson, a medical technician.[1] A life member of The Actors Studio,[2] St. Jacques was known for playing the roles of Coffin Ed in the 1970 blaxploitation classic Cotton Comes to Harlem, The Green Berets, he had an early role in The Pawnbroker, the street preacher in They Live, the investigator Baxter in The Invaders episode "The Vise" (1968), and a two year stint as Judge Clayton C. Thomas on the syndicated TV show Superior Court from 1988 to 1989. He also played abolitionist Frederick Douglass in Edward Zwick's Glory.

St. Jacques died from AIDS related lymphoma in Los Angeles, California in 1990.

Personal Life[edit]

St. Jacques had adopted, though not legally, at least two "sons," Raymond St, Jacques Jr. and Sterling St. Jacques. Both boys were allegedly St. Jacques lovers. Sterling was said to have been found by St. Jacques in either Brazil or Jamaica and was later taken in by the actor. No official records exist of his life or death except for a police report involving Sterling at St. Jacques home. Two burglars broke in while Sterling was home alone and St. Jacques was away on set. Sterling was strikingly statuesque and was most famous for being a staple at Studio 54 often seen dancing with celebrities such as Grace Jones and his later fiance Pat Cleveland. He had bit acting roles and a few attempts at a music career in the early 80s. A woman named Allison Hobbs has come out to say that Sterling was her cousin and was from Salt Lake Cit, Utah. He allegedly died in 1984 of AIDS related complications though no record of this has been found. When St. Jacques relationships ended with his "sons" he told interviewers that Raymond St. Jacques went to Boston, boarding school or even Ivy League university and that Sterling had gone to Dusseldorf to film a TV show.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.filmreference.com/film/21/Raymond-St-Jacques.html
  2. ^ Garfield, David (1980). "Appendix: Life Members of The Actors Studio as of January 1980". A Player's Place: The Story of The Actors Studio. New York: MacMillan Publishing Co., Inc. p. 278. ISBN 0-02-542650-8. 

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