Kunta Kinte


Kunta Kinte Movie and TV Show Credits

Film and TV appearances made by the fictional character, Kunta Kinte, including the name of the actor/actress who played the role:
Roots: The Gift

Roots: The Gift (1988) (TV Movie)

Played by LeVar Burton
Roots: The Next Generations

Roots: The Next Generations (1979) (TV Show)

Played by LeVar Burton

Roots (1977) (TV Show)

Played by LeVar Burton
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Kunta Kinte (1750-1822; also known as "Toby Waller") was a Gambian–born American slave. The outline of his life story was the basis for the novel Roots: The Saga of an American Family by American author Alex Haley, and the television miniseries Roots, based on the book. Haley described his book as faction: a mixture of fact and fiction. After Haley's book became nationally famous, American author Harold Courlander noted that the section describing Kinte's life was apparently taken from Courlander's book The African. Haley at first dismissed the charge, but later issued a public statement affirming that Courlander's book had been the source, and Haley attributed the error to a mistake of one of his assistant researchers. The character in the miniseries was portrayed as a youth by LeVar Burton and as an older man by John Amos.


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