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Avery Brooks Discusses His Passion for the Stage.

Actor AVERY BROOKS. He reached stardom with his TV portrayal of "Hawk," the strong, almost silent partner in the detective series "Spenser for Hire." He took that character into its own series last season. Brooks brings to his TV work the same concern for African-American culture that has marked his stage career and his life. He won acclaim for his reinterpretation of the Harriet Beecher-Stowe character "Uncle Tom" in a production on the Showtime cable channel, and for his stage portrayal of Paul Robeson. A jazz singer as well, Brooks played the title role in Anthony Davis' opera, "X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X."

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Other segments from the episode on July 25, 1989

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, July 25, 1989: Interview with Avery brooks; Commentary on the psychedelic ballroom scene; Interview with John Haines; Review of Norman Sherry's biography "The Life of…

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