Ji-Tu Cumbuka
Ji-Tu Cumbuka
Ji-Tu Cumbuka made a guest appearance on "Sanford and Son" in Season 6 with legendary blues/R&B singer B.B. King in the episode "Fred Sings The Blues".
Vital Information
Born: (1940-03-04)March 4, 1940
Birthplace: Montgomery, Alabama, U.S.
Died July 4, 2017(2017-07-04) (aged 77)
Deathplace: Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
Years active: 1964–2004
Family/Personal information
Character/series involvement
Appeared on/
Involved with:
Sanford and Son
Episodes appeared in: "Fred Sings The Blues" (Season 6)
Character(s) played: Edmond, B.B. King's manager
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Ji-Tu Cumbuka (March 4, 1940 – July 4, 2017) was an American veteran stage and screen actor. He appeared as Edmond, B.B. King's business manager/valet, in the Season 6 episode of Sanford and Son titled "Fred Sings The Blues".

Early lifeEdit

Born in Montgomery, Alabama to a Baptist minister who believed acting was "the devil's work", he left home and moved to New York. After several difficult years he enlisted in the Army where he played football and ran track. Ji-Tu made All-Army in both sports. He was offered many college scholarships, but chose to attend Texas Southern University.

After Texas Southern he moved to California to pursue his acting career and continued his education at Columbia College in New York City, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and a Masters Degree in Cinematography. After three years of attending acting classes and acting in community plays and workshops he landed a role in the movie Up Tight! directed by Jules Dassin.

Film and Television creditsEdit

Cumbuka has appeared in films such as Harlem Nights where he plays the toothless drunk gambler who gets shot over money, Brewster's Millions, Out of Bounds, Mandingo and Bound for Glory, as well as minor appearances in 30 other films.

In 1973, Ji-Tu appeared as former NBA guard Oscar Robertson in the bio-drama pic Maurie about the life and care of late former quadriplegic NBA forward Maurice Stokes. In television, Cumbuka appeared in television productions such as Roots, Knots Landing, The A-Team, The Dukes of Hazzard, Walker Texas Ranger, and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. He also co-starred with Robert Conrad in the 1970s spy series A Man Called Sloane. In all, Ji-Tu has made appearances in over 100 films and television series.


Cumbuka died at the age of 77 on July 4, 2017 after a six month battle with cancer.

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