Veteran stage, film and TV actor Percy Rodrigues appeared as "Winston" in the "Sanford" TV series, and as "Lou Turner", a patient of Donna's in the "Sanford and Son" episode titled "Olympics" (#5.11).
|Born:||June 13, 1918|
|Birthplace:||Montreal, Quebec, Canada|
|Died||September 6, 2007(aged 89)|
|Deathplace:||Indio, California, U.S.|
|Appeared on/ |
|Sanford and Son/Sanford|
|Episodes appeared in:||"The Olympics"' on Sanford and Son)|
13 eipsodes on Sanford
|Character(s) played:||Lou Turner (Sanford and Son)|
Percy Rodrigues sometimes credited as Percy Rodriguez (June 13, 1918 – September 6, 2007) played the part of Winston Edwards, the brother of wealthy widow Evelyn "Eve" Lewis (Marguerite Ray) who did not approve of her relationship with Fred (Redd Foxx) on the NBC-TV series Sanford. He also made and appearance on Sanford and Son as Lou Turner, a patient of Donna's who she brought to the Sanford home to meet Fred and Lamont. Percy was a talented Canadian-born veteran actor who appeared in many television shows and films from the 1950s to the 1980s. Born in the Saint-Henri neighborhood in Montreal, his birth surname was "Rodrigues," but after it was misspelled in a Broadway theatre program early in his career, "Rodriguez" became his de facto stage name and most of his acting credits are under that spelling. He was of Afro-Portuguese heritage.
Percy started his acting career in the 1930s appearing in stage plays and television series in his native country. He eventually moved to New York City, where he made his Broadway theatre debut in Lillian Hellman's Toys in the Attic in 1960. He first gained widespread notoriety in 1968 for his role as neurosurgeon Dr. Harry Miles in the CBS-TV prime time soap opera Peyton Place. Rodrigues managed to avoid the stereotypical roles typically given to Black actors at the time. His deep, authoritative voice and articulate speaking manner helped Rodriguez to be cast usually as intelligent authority figures. He also narrated numerous movie trailers and documentaries throughout his career. He retired from acting in 1987 but continued to do voiceovers for animated and live action film/TV projects and commercials. He spoke of his narration of the trailer for Jaws in the documentary film The Shark is Still Working. This was his final public appearance.
Rodrigues died of kidney failure at his Indio, California home.
- ↑ A Doctor's Role for Negro Actor, Los Angeles Times', August 8, 1968.