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Legendary Actor Max Julien Dies at 88

By Kiani Shabazz

Legendary blaxploitation actor, Max Julien, most famous for his lead role in The Mack has passed away. 

The actor, writer, and producer passed away on Jan. 1, due to currently undisclosed circumstances according to the actor’s PR team who says his wife discovered him early him Saturday morning.

In a statement, they say in part ,"During Julien's decades-long career, he was known for being bold, honest and straightforward. He would live and speak his own truth both professionally and privately. He was thought of as a rare 'man among men'."

Julien is remembered for playing Goldie in the '73 cult classic film where he portrays a slick talking Oakland pimp, who faces corrupt cops and a drug kingpin upon being released from prison.

Several different lines and snippets from The Mack have made their way into classic hop-hop tracks, being sampled by the likes of, Too Short, Snoop Dogg, Raekwon, Mobb Deep, LL Cool J, Public Enemy, Jadakiss, MC Ren, Kriss Kross Big K.R.I.T., and many more.

Julien is survived by his wife, Arabella. He was 88.