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Roots Cast List

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Roots cast list, including photos of the actors when available. This list includes all of the Roots main actors and actresses, so if they are an integral part of the show you'll find them below. You can various bits of trivia about these Roots stars, such as where the actor was born and what their year of birth is. This cast list of actors from Roots focuses primarily on the main characters, but there may be a few actors who played smaller roles on Roots that are on here as well.

This list contains items like Ian McShane and Ed Asner

If you are wondering, "Who are the actors from Roots?" or "Who starred on Roots?" then this list will help you answer those questions.

In most cases you can click on the names of these popular Roots actors and actresses to find out more information about them. If you're looking for a particular Roots actor or actress, then type their name into the "search" bar to find them directly.
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    Alexander Murray Palmer Haley (August 11, 1921 – February 10, 1992) was an American writer and...  more
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    Ben Vereen

    Roots, Intruders
    Ben Vereen (born October 10, 1946) is an American actor, dancer, and singer who has appeared...  more
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    Chuck Connors

    Roots, The Rifleman
    Kevin Joseph Aloysius "Chuck" Connors (April 10, 1921 – November 10, 1992) was an American...  more
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    Cicely Tyson

    Roots, The Women of Brewster Place
    Cicely L. Tyson (December 19, 1924 – January 28, 2021) was an American actress and former...  more
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    Beverly Todd

    Love of Life, The Redd Foxx Show
    Beverly Todd (born July 11, 1946) is an American actress, producer and writer. She is known...  more
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    Ed Asner

    The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Gargoyles
    Yitzhak Edward Asner (; born November 15, 1929) is an American actor, voice actor and a former...  more
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    Georg Stanford Brown

    Roots, North and South
    Georg Stanford Brown (born June 24, 1943 in Havana, Cuba) is a Cuban-American actor and...  more
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    John Amos

    The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Good Times
    John Allen Amos Jr. (born December 27, 1939) is an American actor known for his roles as...  more
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    Leslie Uggams

    Roots, All My Children
    Leslie Marian Uggams (born May 25, 1943) is an American actress and singer. Beginning her...  more
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    Doug McClure

    The Virginian, Out of This World
    Douglas Osborne McClure (May 11, 1935 – February 5, 1995) was an American actor whose career...  more
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    LeVar Burton

    Star Trek: The Next Generation, Captain Planet and the Planeteers
    Levardis Robert Martyn Burton Jr. (born February 16, 1957) is an American actor, presenter,...  more
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    Lloyd Bridges

    Roots, Police Story
    Lloyd Vernet Bridges Jr. (January 15, 1913 – March 10, 1998) was an American film, stage and...  more
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    Lorne Greene

    Bonanza, Roots
    Lorne Hyman Greene, (born February 12, 1915 – September 11, 1987) was a Canadian actor, radio...  more
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    Louis Gossett, Jr.

    Roots, Touched by an Angel
    Louis Cameron Gossett Jr. (born May 27, 1936) is an American actor. He is best known for his...  more
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    Lynda Day George

    Mission: Impossible, Roots
    Lynda Louise Day George (born December 11, 1944) is an American television and film actress...  more
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    Ian McShane

    Deadwood, Dallas
    Ian David McShane (born 29 September 1942) is an English actor. He is known for his television...  more
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    Maya Angelou

    Roots, The Richard Pryor Show
    Maya Angelou ( (listen); born Marguerite Annie Johnson; April 4, 1928 – May 28, 2014) was an...  more
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    Moses Gunn

    Roots, The Women of Brewster Place
    Moses Gunn (October 2, 1929 – December 16, 1993) was an American actor of stage and screen. An...  more
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    Olivia Cole

    Roots, North and South
    Olivia Carlena Cole (November 26, 1942 – January 19, 2018) was an American actress....  more
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    Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs

    Roots, Welcome Back
    Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs (born September 4, 1953) is an American actor and singer. He has...  more
  • 21

    Ralph Waite

    NCIS, Carnivàle
    Ralph Waite (June 22, 1928 – February 13, 2014) was an American actor and political activist,...  more
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    Robert Reed

    The Brady Bunch, Roots
    Robert Reed (born John Robert Rietz Jr.; October 19, 1932 – May 12, 1992) was an American...  more
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    Sandy Duncan

    Roots, My Little Pony
    Sandra Kay "Sandy" Duncan (born February 20, 1946) is an American singer, dancer, comedian and...  more
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    Scatman Crothers

    The Transformers, Roots
    Benjamin Sherman Crothers (May 23, 1910 – November 22, 1986), known professionally as Scatman...  more
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    Thalmus Rasulala

    Roots, The Sophisticated Gents
    Thalmus Rasulala (born Jack Crowder; November 15, 1939 – October 9, 1991) was an American...  more