Little Richard

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Little Richard is a 2000 biographical NBC television film written by Bill Kerby and Daniel Taplitz and directed by Robert Townsend. Based on the 1984 book, Quasar of Rock: The Life and Times of Little Richard, it chronicles the rise of American musical... read more

Little Richard is a 2000 biographical NBC television film written by Bill Kerby and Daniel Taplitz and directed by Robert Townsend. Based on the 1984 book, Quasar of Rock: The Life and Times of Little Richard, it chronicles the rise of American musical icon Little Richard from his poor upbringing in Macon, Georgia to achieving superstardom as one of the pioneers of rock and roll music and his conflicts between his religion and secular lifestyle, which leads to an early retirement following a 1957 tour of Australia, and later a comeback to secular performing during a concert in London in 1962.

Original Release

02/20/2000

Cast

Carl Lumbly Bud Penniman
Jenifer Lewis Muh Penniman
Leon Little Richard
Tamala Jones Lucille
Mel Jackson Bud Blackwell
Don Dowe Cop
Garrett Morris Carl Rainey
Anthony Lee
Lahmard J. Tate (as Lahmard Tate)
Alimi Ballard
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Robert Townsend

Writers

Bill Kerby, Daniel Taplitz

Cast

Carl Lumbly Bud Penniman
Jenifer Lewis Muh Penniman
Leon Little Richard
Tamala Jones Lucille
Mel Jackson Bud Blackwell
Don Dowe Cop
Garrett Morris Carl Rainey
Anthony Lee
Lahmard J. Tate (as Lahmard Tate)
Alimi Ballard
Anthony Griffith
JoNell Kennedy (as Jonell Kennedy)
Michael Mantell Art Rupe
Reynaldo Rey Sugarfoot Sam
William James Jones Billy Wright
Warren G Studio Musician
Gregory Gast Pat Boone
Michael Ralph James Leroy
Karen Bankhead Dorothy La Bostrie
Robert Littman Don Arden

Producers

John Davis Executive Producer
J. Todd Harris Executive Producer
Little Richard Executive Producer
Iain Paterson Producer

Editors

Sabrina Plisco, Marcelo Sansevieri

2000 Emmy Outstanding Music Direction Nominated
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