Freeman King, longtime actor, comedian and writer who appeared in numerous TV shows during the 1970s and ’80s, died of a heart attack in Los Angeles June 1 — his 59th birthday.
King guest appeared in nearly two dozen TV shows and series and made regular appearances on ’70s programs “The Bobby Vinton Show,” and Merv Griffin-produced “Dance Fever.” His first acting job was a recurring role on TV’s “Arnie.”
King’s career began to take off after Redd Foxx became interested in his standup at Foxx’s club. Foxx suggested King team up with comedian Murray Langston. The duo later became an opening act for TV’s “The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour.”
He wrote, associate produced and appeared in the feature “To Protect and Serve” (1992). He also appeared in a handful of other features including “The Buddy Holly Story,” “Under the Rainbow” and “Fletch.”
Most recently, King pursued business interests with various food-product lines and worked on the TV show “Driving Me Crazy” (2000).
A native of Mississippi, King moved to Los Angeles in the early 1960s to break into the music business. In 1965, he co-wrote the song, “Love Me Baby.”
King is survived by wife Fe, a sonand a stepdaughter.
Donations can be sent to the JFK Education Fund, P.O. Box 220662, Newhall, CA 91322.