Kevin Hooks (born September 19, 1958) is an American actor, and a television and film director; he is notable for his roles in Aaron Loves Angela and Sounder, but may be best known as Morris Thorpe from TV’s The White Shadow.
Hooks appeared in the hit 1972 movie Sounder as the pre-teen elder son of Paul Winfield’s and Cicely Tyson’s characters, providing the point of view of the film. He held the story together as a boy thrust into being “man of the family” on a sharecropping farm during the Depression. The adults were nominated for Best Actor and Best Actress Oscars respectively for their performances.
Hooks won a role in the last film directed by Gordon Parks, Jr., Aaron Loves Angela (1975). Set in contemporary Harlem at New York’s grittiest and most depressing ebb, that film was regarded as a “blaxploitation” version of Romeo and Juliet, using African American and Puerto Rican ethnicity in lieu of medieval families.
In 1991, Hooks directed the film Strictly Business, and also appeared in one scene opposite Kim Coles. He directed Wesley Snipes in Passenger 57, Laurence Fishburne and Stephen Baldwin in Fled, and also Patrick Swayze in Black Dog. Hooks worked as a director and producer on the series Prison Break. He also directed two episodes from the first season of Lost, “White Rabbit” and “Homecoming”. –Wikipedia
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