The Sophisticated Gents 39 years old

The Sophisticated Gents is a TV miniseries that aired on three consecutive nights from September 29 to October 1, 1981, on NBC. Its ensemble cast featured a number of African-American stage and film actors, many of whom were customarily seen in Soul Cinema Classic motion pictures in the 1970s. The miniseries is based upon the novel The Junior Bachelor Society by John A. Williams. Although production of the project ended in 1979, NBC did not air the miniseries until almost two years later.


Paul Winfield
Paul Winfield

Richard 'Bubbles' Wiggins

Dick Anthony Williams
Dick Anthony Williams

Ralph Joplin

Robert Hooks
Robert Hooks

Ezra 'Chops' Jackson

Raymond St. Jacques
Raymond St. Jacques

D'Artagnan 'Dart' Parks

Ron O'Neal
Ron O'Neal

Clarence 'Claire' Henderson

Thalmus Rasulala
Thalmus Rasulala

Kenneth 'Snake' Dobson


Name Character
Melvin Van Peebles He was 49 , now 88 years old as Walter 'Moon' Porter
Raymond St. Jacques He was 51 , 60 years old when he died as D'Artagnan 'Dart' Parks
Thalmus Rasulala He was 41 , 51 years old when he died as Kenneth 'Snake' Dobson
Paul Winfield He was 42 , 64 years old when he died as Richard 'Bubbles' Wiggins
Rosey Grier was 49 , now 89 years old as Cudjo Evers
Bernie Casey He was 42 , 78 years old when he died as Shurley Walker
Ron O'Neal He was 44 , 66 years old when he died as Clarence 'Claire' Henderson
Robert Hooks He was 44 , now 84 years old as Ezra 'Chops' Jackson
Dick Anthony Williams He was 47 , 77 years old when he died as Ralph Joplin


Name Job title
Harry Falk Directing He was 34 , now 74 years old Director
The Sophisticated Gents (39 years)


  • First Air Date: 1981-09-29
  • Runtime: [200,240] minutes
  • Number of Episodes: 3