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|Fred Williamson as Gabriel|
After a 10-year career in professional football, playing for San Francisco, Pittsburgh, Oakland, and Kansas City, Fred Williamson moved to Hollywood in 1969.
Always known for a take-charge attitude, Williamson immediately landed several important roles in television, including the role of Spearchucker Jones in Robert Altman's "M*A*S*H." Williamson even landed himself an Emmy nomination for his work on "Police Story."
After working in the industry for only a short time, Williamson began to study the technical aspects and launched Po' Boy Productions in 1974. Since then, he has directed and starred in over forty films produced under his production company.
Po' Boy Productions expanded from riding the wave of the 1970s "blaxploitation" movies ("Three the Hard Way") to more recent action films, such as "South Beach" which starred Gary Busey and Peter Fonda.
Although Fred Williamson is known as one of Hollywood's most popular black stars of the 1970s, the age of his fan base has taken a dramatic dip. After starring in Robert Rodriguez's cult favorite "From Dusk Till Dawn" in 1996 with co-stars Quentin Tarantino, George Clooney, and Harvey Keitel, Williamson has gained a new generation of fans.
This recent addition to his fan base has led him to star in roles in MTV's "Carmen: A Hip Hopera" in 2001, and most recently he has started filming the remake of "Starsky and Hutch" with Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Snoop Dogg, and Vince Vaughn.