Woodrow Wilson Woolwine "Woody" Strode (July 25, 1914 – December 31, 1994), was a decathlete, football star, and activist who become a film actor. He was nominated for a Golden Globe award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in the movie Spartacus, released in 1960. In 1946, almost a year before Jackie Robinson broke the color lines in baseball, Strode was one of the first Blacks to play in the NFL after the ban in 1934. He was also a professional wrestler and served in the United States Army during World War II.
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