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John Hancock (actor)

John Hancock (actor)
John Hancock as "Fat Freddy" in the 1984 action-comedy City Heat.
Personal information
Birth nameJohn Hancock
Birth dateMarch 4, 1941
Place of birthHazen, Arkansas, United States
Date of deathOctober 12, 1992(age 51)
Death placeLos Angeles, California, United States

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John Hancock (March 4, 1941 October 12, 1992) was an American film and television actor.

Born in Hazen, Arkansas, Hancock is possibly best remembered for his role as "Scotty" in the ABC miniseries Roots: The Next Generations. His large size and distinctive bass voice allowed him to establish a niche playing authority figures, and he was often cast as a minister, judge, or high-ranking military officer.

Hancock also made recurring appearances in several television shows during his career, including Knots Landing, Family Ties, Cop Rock, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Amen, Midnight Caller, Pacific Station, and L.A. Law. He was working with Susan Dey on the CBS sitcom Love & War as the bartender "Ike Johnson" in 1992, when he died of a heart attack at his home in Los Angeles.

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