In Remembrance: Robert DoQui

 

     Robert DoQui, the actor best known to genre fans as the gruff Sgt. Reed in the three Robocop films, has passed away on February 9, 2007 in Los Angeles, CA. He was 74.

 

     Born in 1934 in Stillwater, Oklahoma, DoQui attended Langston University and served in the Air Force before embarking on an acting career. His first film role was a small part in Taffy And The Jungle Hunter (1965). Other early film appearances include Clarence The Cross-eyed Lion, The Cincinnati Kid (both 1965), The Fortune Cookie (1966) and The Man (1972).

 

     One of his most noteable early roles was as the pimp King George in the 1973 blaxploitation classic Coffy, opposite Pam Grier. DuQui also worked on a trio of films for director Robert Altman- Nashville (1975), Buffalo Bill And The Indians (1976) and Short Cuts (1993).

 

     His television work includes appearances on such series as Gunsmoke, I Dream Of Jeanie, Happy Days, Maude and E.R..

 

     DuQui served for ten years on the Board of Directors for the Screen Actors Guild. His last film was 2001ís Glam.