Remember Big Red Davis from 'The Five Heartbeats'? He shared photos with his family members

Edduin Carvajal
Aug 13, 2018
08:46 P.M.

Actor and director James Hawthorne, best known as Big Red Davis in "The Five Heartbeats," has been using his Facebook to share photos of members of his family.


One of them portrayed the actor next to his father Robert, and family members Romie, George, and William. They all got together in a casino or a similar place as there were slot machines and tables behind them.

The second image shared by James showed his mother, A. M. Alene next to his father Robert on what appeared to be their wedding day.

In the black and white photo showed the man in a white suit and dark pants. Alene, on the other hand, wore a long wedding dress as well as a short dark jacket.


The final image that James shared portrayed two of his nieces whose physical features are very similar to the actor.

Apart from his roles as Big Red Davis in "The Five Heartbeats," which was a musical drama film directed by Robert Townsend, James has worked in a few other projects.


Most of them were small roles, like the ones he took in “Disco Godfather,” “Patty Hearst,” “I’m Gonna Git You Sucka,” and “Heaven’s Prisoners.”

James also worked on popular shows, portraying the injured bus driver in “Speed,” and taking other parts in films and TV series like “Seven,” “NYPD Blue,” and “Frasier.”



The plot of the movie for which James is best known for was based on the lives of several artists, like The Dells, The Temptations, Four Tops, Sam Cooke, and others.

It followed the 30-year-long career of the rhythm and blues vocal group The Five Heartbeats, including the rise and fall of a Motown inspired soul act through Donald “Duck” Matthews’ eyes.

One of the most notable aspects of the film was that it was released to most North American audiences in March 1991 but was not published in other continents.

People outside the US had to wait until 2002 to get a DVD so they could watch the film.

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