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    Max Julien from "The Mack" Dead at 88

    From TMZ.com:
    Max Julien
    -- famous for his leading role in the blaxploitation film 'The Mack' -- has died.

    The actor/writer/producer passed away on Jan. 1, due to undisclosed circumstances -- this according to his PR team ... who says his wife discovered him early him Saturday morning.
    In a statement, they say in part ... "During Julien's decades-long career, he was known for being bold, honest and straightforward. He would live and speak his own truth both professionally and privately. He was thought of as a rare 'man among men'."
    Comic book writer and film producer David F. Walker broke the news about Julien's death in a social media post, honoring his friend.


    He wrote, "I met Max back in 1996. He was a great human being, and we had so many amazing conversations. He was brilliant and hilarious and charismatic... R.I.P" DFW's caption accompanied an artistic rendering of Julien in his prime, depicting a classic scene from 'TM.'
    No cause of death was revealed.
    While he's got handful of acting credits, Julien will be most remembered for playing Goldie in the '73 cult classic film -- in which he portrays an ambitious up-and-coming pimp in Oakland, who faces off with corrupt cops and a drug kingpin upon being released from prison.
    Along the way, he builds his roster of women with his sidekick, Slim ... who, funny enough, is played by a then-young Richard Pryor, well before he blew up as a big time actor. RP, of course, was already well established as a comedian at this point.
    Several different lines and scenes from 'The Mack' have made their way into popular culture -- especially in hip-hop, with multiple rappers sampling snippets of the film into their songs. Some of those MCs who paid tribute -- Too Short, Snoop Dogg, Raekwon, Mobb Deep, LL Cool J, Public Enemy, Jadakiss, MC Ren, Kriss Kross and Big K.R.I.T. ... just to name a few.
    Some other notable movies and shows Julien has starred in ... "The Black Klansman," "Psych-Out," "Uptight," "Mod Squad," "Getting Straight," "How to Be Player," among others. He also helped create the 'Cleopatra Jones franchise -- another blaxploitation saga.
    Julien is survived by his wife, Arabella. He was 88, despite what his public birthday is listed as online. We've been assured; Max was born in 1933.

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    "Being rich and Black means something, man!" We'll miss you and your contributions, O.G. Rest in power, player.

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    Max Julien was an icon. I wish he'd been afforded roles for the latter years of his life. The Mack. Thomasine and Bushrod. Uptight. He was the best thing in all of his movies and if the genre wasn't maligned so much, he'd be recognized as an underrated and very influential actor. Instead, only those who paid attention can appreciate him. Prayers for his family to remember the joy of his life more than the pain of his passing.

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    Thomasine and Bushrod is one of the great joys of my life; I have fond memories of Max and Vonetta McGee being Black Hollywood's golden couple during my childhood [remember their appearance on "Tattle Tales"?]. And Uptight is sorely underappreciated.

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