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was an African American
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Cook starred in The Spook Who Sat By The Door
. In that film, Cook portrayed Dan Freeman, a secret black nationalist
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who is trained by the CIA
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and later trains and leads black freedom fighters in an uprising against the U.S. government.
Cook later appeared in Colors
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Posse is a 1993 American Western film directed by and starring Mario Van Peebles. Featuring a large ensemble cast of mostly African-American actors, the film is about a posse of black soldiers and one ostracized white soldier, who are all betrayed by a corrupt colonel. The title of the film refers...
, Family Matters
, The Mod Squad
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and McMillan & Wife
among other roles.
Cook died in 2003 in Marina del Rey, California
-Demographics:-2010:The 2010 United States Census reported that Marina del Rey had a population of 8,866. The population density was 6,094.6 people per square mile...
. He was buried in Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery
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