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He was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Daytime Drama Series for his role on Another World. Rollins was also nominated for the 1981 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in the motion picture, RagTime.
In 1984, he starred in director Norman Jewison's film, A Soldier's Story that led to his role as "Virgil Tibbs" on the In the Heat of the Night television series based on Jewison's acclaime motion picture of the same name.
Howard Rollins died in 1996 after complications from lymphoma and was interred in the Woodlawn Cemetery in his native Baltimore. He had been diagnosed with the condition approximately six weeks earlier.
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