PAUL WINFIELD, American actor, died (b. 1941); an Emmy Award-winning and Academy Award-nominated American television and film actor. He was known for his portrayal of a Louisiana sharecropper who struggles to support his family during the Great Depression in the landmark film Sounder and as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the television miniseries King.
Off camera, Winfield narrated the television crime series City Confidential. He was openly gay in his private life, but remained discreet about it in the public eye. Winfield died of a heart attack in 2004; he was 64. His partner of thirty years, architect Charles Gillan Jr., preceded him in death in 2002.