This name change occurred within an actor’s life.

? (1940-?)

He was born in Montgomery County, Alabama to a Baptist minister. Inspired by the film Shane, he intended to pursue acting. While everyone except his mother discouraged him, he continued pursuing his goal.

Ji-Tu Cumbuka (?-2017)

jitu: (Swahili) giant
cumbuka: (Swahili) to remember

He would become known as an actor who starred in movies such as Roots and Harlem Nights. He was most known for his towering height and booming voice.


  • “Ji-Tu Cumbuka.” IMDb.

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