Lincoln Kilpatrick was born in St. Louis, Missouri on February 12, 1931. He was one of two children, born to Daisy and John Kilpatrick.

He migrated at the age of 18 to Anchorage, Alaska with his mother and father. There his mother opened a nightclub called “The Five Sisters’ Café.” Alaska was not a part of the United States at that time, so Lincoln commuted between Missouri and his home in Alaska for schooling. After graduating from Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri with a B.A. Degree in English, Lincoln then spent two years in the Army in Anchorage Alaska.

Encouraged to pursue his acting career by Billie Holliday, who sang at his mother’s nightclub, Lincoln packed everything he possessed in the back of his car and headed for New York City where he immediately enrolled, and later graduated from the famed American Theatre Wing.


He met and married the love of his life in New York City, Helena Ferguson, a singer-actress-dancer who had the forth lead, Rosie, in an off-Broadway show called, “To Take a Giant Step.” It was a stellar cast: Louis Gossett, Jr., Rosetta Lenoir, Bea Richards, Godfrey Cambridge and Lincoln Kilpatrick, who was “the man at the bar” and the backstage prop man.

Lincoln got his first break in 1960 when he landed a role in Broadway’s landmark production of “Raisin in the Sun” starring Sidney Poitier. This was followed by a string of hit productions such as: “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” with Kirk Douglas, James Baldwin’s “Blues for Mr. Charlie,” in London, “The Slave” by LeRoi Jones, and “The Blacks,” featuring Louis Gossett Jr., Godfrey Cambridge, Esther Rolle, Cicely Tyson, Roscoe Lee Brown, and Roxie Roker.

Lincoln became the first black member of the Lincoln Center Repertory Company, joining founding members Stacy Keach and Faye Dunaway. He later made it to Broadway again with Leslie Uggams in “Hallelujah Baby.” He then appeared in such television shows as “The Naked City,” “NYPD,” and as co-star of the CBS daytime series, “Love of Life.”

In 1971 Lincoln founded the Kilpatrick-Cambridge Theatre Arts School along with the late Edmund J. Cambridge, which is still in existence today.

To date, Lincoln Kilpatrick appeared in over 40 movies including “Soylent Green,” “Omega Man,” “Buffalo Soldiers,” “Uptown Saturday Night,” “Fortress” and “Hoodlum” directed by Bill Dukes, starring Lawrence Fishborne, and more than 100 feature television series, and films made for television. He co-starred on “The Leslie Uggams Show” as her husband, on “Matt Houston” as Lieutenant Michael Hoyt, and on the critically acclaimed “Frank’s Place” as The Right Reverend Deal, where he constantly received mailed encouraging him get saved.

In January of 2002, Lincoln invited his family to attend his church West Angeles Church of God in Christ where he finally made the decision to receive Christ as his personal Lord and Saviour.

Preceding him in death was Daisy and John Kilpatrick and brother, John Kilpatrick, Jr. Lincoln leaves to cherish his memory, his wife: Helena Kilpatrick, and a blended family consisting of five children: Jozella Reed, Erik, Lincoln, Jr., Dacarla and Marjorie Kilpatrick; three grandchildren: Shannon-Joy (Sharron Gossett-husband), Toussant and Erika Kilpatrick; two great-grandchildren: Brionne and Mycah Gossett; a sister-in-love: Virginia Kilpatrick of Anchorage, Alaska; a great aunt: Fannie Kilpatrick of Little Rock, Arkansas and a host of relatives and friends.

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