Raymond St. Jacques
|Raymond St. Jacques|
St. Jacques as Simon Blake, 1965.
March 1, 1930|
|Died||August 27, 1990
Los Angeles, California
|Cause of death||Lymphoma|
|Resting place||Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills)|
St. Jacques was born James Arthur Johnson in Hartford, Connecticut, the son of Vivienne Johnson, a medical technician. A life member of The Actors Studio, 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 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 being at St. Jacques' home when 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 Pat Cleveland (his later fiancee). He had bit acting roles and a few attempts at a music career in the early 80s. A woman named Allison Hobbs has stated that Sterling was actually her cousin and was from Salt Lake City, Utah. Sterling 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 Jr. went to Boston, boarding school or even an Ivy League university, and that Sterling had gone to Düsseldorf to film a TV show.
- 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.
- Raymond St. Jacques at the Internet Movie Database
- Raymond St. Jacques at the Internet Broadway Database
- " 'Blast from the Past' with Raymond St. Jacques" for the WGBH series, Say Brother