Historical Dramas 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.

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Alex Haley is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Roots Cast List
Alexander Murray Palmer "Alex" Haley was an American writer known as the author of the 1976 book Roots: The Saga of an American Family. The book was adapted by ABC as a TV mini-series ...more

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Ben Vereen is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Roots Cast List
Roots, Intruders, Tenspeed and Brown Shoe - Ben Vereen is an American actor, dancer, and singer who has appeared in numerous Broadway theatre shows. Vereen graduated from Manhattan's High School of Performing Arts.

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Chuck Connors is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Roots Cast List
Roots, The Rifleman, Werewolf - Kevin Joseph "Chuck" Connors was an American actor, writer and professional basketball and baseball player. He is one of only 12 athletes in the history of American professional sports ...more

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Cicely Tyson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Roots Cast List
Roots, The Women of Brewster Place, The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman - Cicely L. Tyson is an American actress. She was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress, and the Golden Globe Award for her performance as Rebecca Morgan in Sounder. For this role she ...more

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Beverly Todd is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Roots Cast List
Love of Life, The Redd Foxx Show, Having Babies - Beverly Todd is an American actress, producer and writer. She is known for her roles in films Brother John, Moving, Lean on Me and The Bucket List.

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Ed Asner is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Roots Cast List
The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Gargoyles, Roots - Edward "Ed" Asner is an American film, television, and stage actor, voice actor, and a former president of the Screen Actors Guild. He is primarily known for his Emmy Award-winning ...more

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Georg Stanford Brown is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Roots Cast List
Roots, North and South, The Rookies - Georg Stanford Brown is a Cuban-American actor and director, perhaps best known as one of the stars of the ABC police television series The Rookies from 1972–76. On the show, Brown played the ...more

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John Amos is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Roots Cast List
The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Good Times, Roots - John Amos is an American actor who played James Evans, Sr. on the 1970s television series Good Times. His television work includes roles in The Mary Tyler Moore Show, the miniseries Roots, for ...more

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Leslie Uggams is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Roots Cast List
Roots, All My Children, Backstairs at the White House - Leslie Uggams is an American actress and singer, known for her work in Hallelujah, Baby! and as Kizzy Reynolds in the 1977 television miniseries Roots.

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Doug McClure is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Roots Cast List
The Virginian, Out of This World, Search - Douglas Osborne "Doug" McClure was an American actor whose career in film and television extended from the 1950s to the 1990s. He is best known for his role as the cowboy Trampas ...more

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LeVar Burton is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Roots Cast List
Star Trek: The Next Generation, Captain Planet and the Planeteers, Roots - Levardis Robert Martyn Burton, Jr., professionally known as LeVar Burton, is an American actor, presenter, director, producer, and author. Burton is best known for his roles as the young Kunta ...more

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Lloyd Bridges is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Roots Cast List
Roots, Police Story, Sea Hunt - Lloyd Vernet Bridges, Jr. was an American actor who starred in a number of television series and appeared in more than 150 feature films. He was the father of actors Beau Bridges and Jeff

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Lorne Greene is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Roots Cast List
Bonanza, Roots, Battlestar Galactica - Lyon Himan Green, OC, better known by the stage name Lorne Greene, was a Canadian actor and musician. His television roles include Ben Cartwright on the western Bonanza, and Commander Adama in ...more

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Louis Gossett, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Roots Cast List
Roots, Touched by an Angel, Backstairs at the White House - Louis Cameron Gossett, Jr. is an American actor. He is perhaps best known for his Academy Award-winning role as Gunnery Sergeant Emil Foley in the 1982 film An Officer and a Gentleman, and his ...more

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Lynda Day George is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Roots Cast List
Mission: Impossible, Roots, Rich Man - Lynda Day George is an American television and film actress whose career spanned three decades from the 1960s to the 1980s. She was a cast member on Mission: Impossible. She was also the wife of ...more

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Ian McShane is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Roots Cast List
Deadwood, Dallas, Jesus of Nazareth - Ian David McShane is an English actor, director, producer and voice artist. Despite appearing in numerous films, McShane is best known for his television roles, particularly BBC's Lovejoy and ...more

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Maya Angelou is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Roots Cast List
Roots, The Richard Pryor Show - Maya Angelou was an American author, poet, dancer, actress, and singer. She published seven autobiographies, three books of essays, and several books of poetry, and was credited with a list of ...more

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Moses Gunn is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Roots Cast List
Roots, The Women of Brewster Place, Father Murphy - Moses Gunn was an American actor. An Obie Award-winning stage player, he co-founded the Negro Ensemble Company in the 1960s. His 1962 Off-Broadway debut was in Jean Genet's The Blacks, and his ...more

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Olivia Cole is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Roots Cast List
Roots, North and South, The Women of Brewster Place - Olivia Cole is an American actress.

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Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Roots Cast List
Roots, Welcome Back, Kotter - Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs is an American actor and singer. He has appeared in a number of films and television programs, including Claudine, Cooley High, Roots, Welcome Back, Kotter, Bangers and ...more

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Ralph Waite is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Roots Cast List
NCIS, Carnivàle, Roots - Ralph Waite was an American actor, voice artist, and political activist, best known for his role as John Walton, Sr. on The Waltons, which he occasionally directed. In addition, Waite appeared ...more

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Robert Reed is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Roots Cast List
The Brady Bunch, Roots, Mannix - Robert Reed was an American stage, film and television actor and television director. From 1961 to 1965, Reed portrayed the role of Kenneth Preston on the popular legal drama, The Defenders, ...more

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Sandy Duncan is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Roots Cast List
Roots, My Little Pony, The Hogan Family - Sandra Kay "Sandy" Duncan is an American singer, dancer, comedienne and actress of stage and television, recognized through a blonde, pixie cut hairstyle and perky demeanor. She is ...more

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Scatman Crothers is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Roots Cast List
The Transformers, Roots, Hong Kong Phooey - Benjamin Sherman "Scatman" Crothers was an American actor, singer, dancer and musician known for his work as Louie the Garbage Man on the TV show Chico and the Man, and as Dick ...more

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Thalmus Rasulala is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Roots Cast List
Roots, The Sophisticated Gents - Thalmus Rasulala was an African American actor who starred in Blaxploitation films. He also was an original cast member of ABC's soap opera One Life to Live from its premiere in 1968 until he ...more

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Vic Morrow is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Roots Cast List
Roots, Combat!, B.A.D. Cats - Victor "Vic" Morrow was an American actor whose credits include a starring role in the 1960s television series Combat!, prominent roles in a handful of other television and film ...more

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Lane Binkley is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Roots Cast List
Lane Binkley Roots - Lane Binkley is an actress.

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Macdonald Carey is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Roots Cast List
Days of Our Lives, Lock-Up, Doctor Christian - Edward Macdonald Carey was an American actor, best known for his role as the patriarch Dr. Tom Horton on NBC's soap opera Days of Our Lives. For almost three decades, he was the show's central ...more

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Tanya Boyd is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Roots Cast List
Tanya Boyd is an American actress who is best known for her role as Celeste Perrault on Days of Our Lives. Boyd's passion for acting led her to New York City and after several years of studying, ...more

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Todd Bridges is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Roots Cast List
Diff'rent Strokes, Skating with Celebrities, Fish - Todd Anthony Bridges is an American actor. He is known for his childhood role as Willis Jackson on the sitcom Diff'rent Strokes, and for his recurring role as Monk on the sitcom Everybody Hates ...more