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Active in the civil rights movement since , he served as a president of Negro Actors for Action. In , Dixon co-starred with Dorothy Dandridge in the "Blues for a Junkman" episode of Cain's Hundred , which was the highest-rated episode of the series. An expanded version was released as a feature film in Europe entitled The Murder Men , and became Dandridge's last screen appearance. In , Dixon starred in the independent film Nothing But a Man , written and directed by Michael Roemer ; it was Dixon's performance in this film he was most proud of. Dixon played Kinchloe from to , the only one of the series' long-time cast not to remain for the entire series. Kenneth Washington replaced Dixon for the last year of the show's run, as a different character filling a similar role. Dixon's first feature film as director was the blaxploitation thriller Trouble Man. The New York Times wrote in Although The Spook caused controversy and with suppression facilitated by the F.
Ivan Dixon was a handsome, mustachioed African-American actor and director who carried a strong, serious nature about his solid frame. He initially earned attention in groundbreaking stage and film work with pronounced themes of social and racial relevance. He would become better known, however, for his ensemble playing in the nonsensical but popular WWII sitcom Hogan's Heroes His character was a POW radio technician with the last name of Kinchloe, and the role, while heightening his visibility, did little to satisfy his creative needs. Overshadowed by the flashier posturings of stars Bob Crane , Werner Klemperer and John Banner , Ivan eventually left the series after season five of six , the only one of the original cast to do so. He was among the few African-American male actors in the s, along with Bill Cosby and Greg Morris , to either star or co-star on a major TV series. Born Ivan Nathaniel Dixon III on Monday, April 6, , in New York's Harlem area, where his parents originally owned a grocery store, Ivan grew up in the South and as a youngster was headed towards a life of crime before he took a keen interest in acting.
Ivan Dixon, best known to TV viewers for his five-year run as Sgt. Dixon, a one-time stunt double for Sidney Poitier, was also known throughout the television industry for his steady work behind the camera. He was Dixon got his start directing an episode of The Bill Cosby Show in before going on to direct close to 40 different series, including Magnum P. Born on April 6 in Harlem, where his family owned a grocery store, Dixon was heading towards a life of crime before he discovered acting as a teenager at a North Carolina boarding school. He continued to study acting at North Carolina Central University, where he earned a drama degree in