Howard RollinsThis was the role that was most challenging in the TV adaptation. “In the Heat of the Night,” taking over the iconic role of Virgil Tibbs from one of the most iconic actors (Sidney Poitier) in Hollywood history. Tibbs, a Philadelphia detective who is called in to help desegregate the police force of his hometown Mississippi. Rollins made the role his, making Tibbs more open-minded and less angry than Poitier. But, after Season 6, his legal and physical problems from his drug addiction forced him to leave the show.
Rollins was raised in Baltimore, Maryland. He studied acting at Towson University and then moved to New York. 1974. He appeared in the mini-series Martin Luther King, Jr., 1978. “King,”His roles in the Infinity Project won him acclaim. “Ragtime”The World War II film “A Soldier’s Story,”Directed by “In the Heat of the Night” film helmer Norman Jewison.
Rollins was taken into custody for cocaine possession in Louisiana, 1988. Three timesBetween 1992 and 1993, he was charged with driving under the influence. He was sentenced to eight months in prison. Rollins could face jail time if the Georgia-based film crew filmed Season 7. He was replaced by Carl Weathers as a new character. Rollins did make a few guest appearances in Season 7 but other than that, he was not part of the indie film. “Drunks”His career was ended with a few television parts.
Rollins was first diagnosed with lymphoma in 1996. He died in New York six weeks later.
There is help available for those suffering from addiction. Visit the Website of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration You can also contact SAMHSA’s National Helpline by dialing 1-800-662-HELP (4357).