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Woody Strode
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Actor
    (July 25, 1914-December 31, 1994)
    Born in Los Angeles, California
    Acted in 'The Ten Commandments' (1956), 'Pork Chop Hill' (1959), 'Spartacus' (1960), 'The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance' (1962), 'The Professionals' (1966), and 'Once Upon a Time in the West' (1968)
    One of the first two African-Americans to play for the NFL, playing for the LA Rams (1946)
    His full name is Woodrow Wilson Woolwine Strode. Do you think that's enough W's?
    He was good friends with John Ford, despite the claims that Ford was racist. Ford said once 'How can I be racist when I'm friends with Woody Strode?'
    He starred in a 1968 movie titled 'Black Jesus.'
    While filming 'The Professionals,' Strode and Lee Marvin damaged the famous neon cowboy sign in downtown Las Vegas by shooting arrows at it.
    He worked as a professional wrestler for a short period of time.
    He posed nude for a painting commissioned by the Nazis for the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games, but they refused to showcase the piece because Strode is black.
    He is one of very few African-American actors to make a name for himself in the Western genre.
    He received a Golden Globe nomination for best supporting actor for his role in 'Spartacus.'
    He made a guest appearance on an episode of the 1966 'Batman' series.
    He served in the US Army during WWII.

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