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John Hancock (actor)

John Hancock
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Hancock as "Fat Freddy" in the 1984 action-comedy City Heat.
Born (1941-03-04)March 4, 1941
Hazen, Arkansas, United States
Died October 12, 1992(1992-10-12) (aged 51)
Los Angeles, California, United States
Years active 1969–1992

John Hancock (March 4, 1941 – October 12, 1992) was an American film and television actor.

Born in Hazen, Arkansas, Hancock is possibly best remembered for his role as "Scotty" in the ABC miniseries Roots: The Next Generations.[1] His large size and distinctive bass voice allowed him to establish a niche playing authority figures, and he was often cast as a minister, judge or high-ranking military officer.[1]

Hancock also made recurring appearances in several television shows during his career, including Knots Landing, Family Ties, Diff'rent Strokes, Cop Rock, The Dukes of Hazzard, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Amen, Midnight Caller, Pacific Station, and L.A. Law.[2] He was working with Susan Dey on the CBS sitcom Love & War as the bartender "Ike Johnson" in 1992, when he died of a heart attack at his home in Los Angeles.[3] Hancock's character's death was subsequently written into the series and he was replaced by actor Charlie Robinson.

Hancock was interred in the Devotion section, at Forest Lawn, Hollywood Hills Cemetery in Los Angeles, California.


  1. ^ a b Biography for John Hancock, Turner Classic Movies
  2. ^ John Hancock on IMDb
  3. ^ "John Hancock; Actor, 51". The New York Times. October 15, 1992. 

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