Actor Carl Gordon died on Thursday, July 23 in Virginia of non-Hodgkins lymphoma. He was 78.

Gordon appeared n Broadway in the 1971 musical AIn’t Supposed to Die a Natural Death, the original 1990 production of August Wilson’s The Piano Lesson, and the 2003 revival of Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom with Whoopi Goldberg.

He also starred in the 1995 television adaptation of The Piana Lesson and the FOX sitcom Roc. His film and television credits also include The Brother from Another Planet and ER.

He is survived by his wife Jacqueline, and his six children.