in Nothing But a Man (1964)
|Born||Ivan Nathaniel Dixon III
April 6, 1931
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Died||March 16, 2008
Charlotte, North Carolina, U.S.
|Cause of death||Renal failure|
|Occupation||Actor, director, producer|
Ivan Nathaniel Dixon III (April 6, 1931 – March 16, 2008) was an American actor, director, and producer best known for his series role in the 1960s sitcom Hogan's Heroes, for his role in the 1967 television film The Final War of Olly Winter, and for directing many episodes of television series. Active in the civil rights movement since 1961, he served as a president of Negro Actors for Action.
Early life and career
Ivan Nathaniel Dixon III was born in Harlem, the son of a grocery store owner. When he was young, Dixon lived in the brownstone at 518 West 150th Street in Harlem, on the same block with Josh White, Ralph Ellison, and the Hines brothers, (Gregory and Maurice). He graduated from the Lincoln Academy in Gaston County, North Carolina, and went on to earn a drama degree from North Carolina Central University in 1954, where the theater troupe is now known as the Ivan Dixon Players. While at NCCU, he joined the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity.
In 1957, Dixon appeared on Broadway in William Saroyan's The Cave Dwellers, following this in 1959 with an appearance in Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun. In 1958, he was a stunt double for Sidney Poitier in the film The Defiant Ones, and went on to television roles on The Twilight Zone (in the episodes "The Big Tall Wish" and "I Am the Night—Color Me Black"), Perry Mason, and other series. On February 20, 1962, Dixon co-starred with Dorothy Dandridge in the "Blues for a Junkman" episode of "Cain's Hundred", which was highest rated episode of the series.An expanded version was released as a feature film in Europe entitled The Murder Men, and became Dandridge's last screen appearance.
On September 25, 1962, he portrayed Jamie Davis, a livery stable groom, in the episode "Among the Missing" of NBC's Laramie western series. In 1963, he played the role of John Brooks, alias Caleb Stone IV, in the Perry Mason episode "The Case of the Nebulous Nephew."
In 1964, Dixon starred in the independent film Nothing But a Man, written and directed by Michael Roemer; it was Dixon's performance in this film he was most proud of. He also appeared in an episode of ABC's The Fugitive entitled "Escape into Black".
In his best-known role, Dixon appeared as POW Staff Sergeant James (Ivan) "Kinch" Kinchloe in the ensemble cast of the television sitcom Hogan's Heroes. "Kinch" was the communications specialist, a translator of French, and the default third in command. Dixon played Kinchloe from 1965 to 1970, the only one of the series' long-time cast not to remain for the entire series. Kenneth Washington succeeded Dixon for the last year of the show's run, albeit with a different character name.
Film work and directing
From 1970 to 1993, Dixon worked primarily as a television director on such series and TV-movies as The Waltons, The Rockford Files, The Bionic Woman, The Eddie Capra Mysteries, Magnum, P.I., and The A-Team. Dixon's first feature film as director was the blaxploitation thriller Trouble Man. He also directed the controversial 1973 feature film The Spook Who Sat by the Door, based on Sam Greenlee's novel of the same name, about the first black CIA agent, who takes his espionage knowledge and uses it to lead a black guerrilla operation in Chicago. The New York Times wrote in 2008:
Although The Spook caused controversy and with suppression facilitated by the F.B.I., was soon pulled from theaters, it later gained cult status as a bootleg video and in 2004 was released on DVD. At that time Mr. Dixon told The Times that the movie had tried only to depict black anger, not to suggest armed revolt as a solution.
He also served as Chairman of the Expansion Arts Advisory Panel of the National Endowment for the Arts in 1978.
Later life and death
1961 Too Late Blues (1961 film) Directed by John Cassavettes
|1957||Something of Value||Lathela, Loyal Gun-Bearer||Alternative title: Africa Ablaze|
|1959||Porgy and Bess||Jim|
|1960||The Twilight Zone (TV series)||Bolie Jackson||Episode: "The Big Tall Wish"|
|1961||A Raisin in the Sun||Asagai|
|1961||Have Gun – Will Travel (TV Series)||Isham Spruce||"Long Way Home" (air date April 2, 1961)|
|1962||Laramie (TV series)||Jamie Davis||Among the Missing Air Date Sept 25 1962|
|1962||Cain's Hundred (TV series)||Joe Sherman||"Blues for a Junkman" (February 20, 1962), co-starring Dorothy Dandridge|
|1962||The New Breed (TV series)||Wick||2 episodes|
|1963||Perry Mason (TV series)||Caleb Stone IV||Episode: "The Case of the Nebulous Nephew"|
|Going My Way (TV series)||Robin Green||"Run, Robin, Run"|
|Stoney Burke (TV series)||Dr. Manning||Episode: "The Test"|
|1964||Nothing But a Man||Duff Anderson|
|The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (TV series)||Jean Francis Soumarin||Episode: "The Vulcan Affair"|
|The Twilight Zone (TV series)||Reverend Anderson||Episode: "I Am the Night—Color Me Black"|
|1965||I Spy (TV series)||Elroy Brown||Episode: "So Long, Patrick Henry"|
|A Patch of Blue||Mark Ralfe|
|1965 to 1970||Hogan's Heroes (TV series)||Staff Sergeant Ivan Kinchloe||145 episodes|
|1968||It Takes A Thief (TV series)||General Kristoff||Episode: "Get Me to the Revolution on Time"|
|1969||Where's Jack?||Naval Officer|
|1970||Suppose They Gave a War and Nobody Came||Sgt. Jones||Alternative title: War Games|
|1971 to 1972||Nichols (TV series)||Director, 4 episodes|
|1973||The Spook Who Sat by the Door||Director|
|1974 to 1975||The Waltons (TV series)||Director, 7 episodes|
|1975||Starsky & Hutch (TV series)||Director, 1 episode|
|1975 to 1979||The Rockford Files (TV series)||Director, 9 episodes|
|1977||McCloud (TV series)||Director, 1 episode|
|1977||Quincy, M.E. (TV series)||Director, 1 episode|
|1978||The Bionic Woman (TV series)||Director, 1 episode|
|1979||Wonder Woman (TV series)||Director, 1 episode|
|1981 to 1982||Bret Maverick (TV series)||Director, 3 episodes|
|1981 to 1983||The Greatest American Hero (TV series)||Director, 6 episodes|
|1984||Trapper John, M.D. (TV series)||Director, 1 episode|
|1982 to 1986||Magnum, P.I. (TV series)||Director, 13 episodes|
|1987||Amerika (TV miniseries)||Dr. Alan Drummond||7 parts|
|1989||Quantum Leap (TV series)||Director, 1 episode|
|In the Heat of the Night (TV series)||Director, 1 episode|
|1991||Father Dowling Mysteries (TV series)||Rev. Johnson||Episode: "The Joyful Noise Mystery"|
|1993||Percy & Thunder||Director|
Awards and honors
|Year||Award||Category||Title of work|
|1967||Emmy Award||Nomination:Outstanding Single Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Drama||CBS Playhouse: The Final War of Olly Winter|
- Hayward, Anthony (May 16, 2008). "Ivan Dixon: Kinchloe in 'Hogan's Heroes'". The Independent (London, UK). Retrieved October 20, 2008.
- Hevesi, Dennis. "Ivan Dixon, Actor in 'Hogan’s Heroes,' Dies at 76", The New York Times (March 20, 2008).
- Saunders, Barry. "School's starring role in an actor's life", The News & Observer (April 5, 2008).
- "Ivan Dixon" on the Internet Broadway Database
- "Laramie: "Among the Missing", September 25, 1962". Internet Movie Data Base. Retrieved October 3, 2012.
- Engle, Erika (May 13, 2002). "The Buzz". archives.starbulletin.com. Retrieved October 20, 2008.
- Stewart, Jocelyn Y. (March 20, 2008). "Actor's roles reflected life for blacks in America". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved October 20, 2008.