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Roots: The Next Generations (TV Mini-Series 1979) Poster

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Marlon Brando's appearance as George Lincoln Rockwell, the founder of the American Nazi Party, was filmed in one day.
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Georg Stanford Brown (Tom Harvey) and Lynne Moody (Irene Harvey) are the only actors to reprise their roles from Roots (1977).
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Wanting to also participate in the miniseries, Marlon Brando basically just called out of the blue and asked for a small yet memorable role.
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Ruby Dee (Queen Haley) and Ossie Davis (Dad Jones) were married in real-life from December 9, 1948 until his death on February 4, 2005.
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At the time that the miniseries was produced, James Daly (R.S.M. Boyce) was the father-in-law of Georg Stanford Brown (Tom Harvey) as he was married to Daly's daughter Tyne Daly from 1966 to 1990.
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Debbi Morgan (Elizabeth "Liz" Harvey) appears in six of the series' seven episodes, more than anyone else.
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The series takes place from 1882 to 1967.
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James Earl Jones was cast partially due to his physical resemblance to Alex Haley.
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Glynn Turman was offered a role, but negotiations fell through.
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This was James Daly's final acting role before his death on July 3, 1978 at the age of 59. It was not broadcast until more than seven months after he died.
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Although Dorian Harewood (Simon Haley) plays the father of Damon Evans (Alex Haley, age 17-25) and James Earl Jones (Alex Haley), he is ten months and nineteen years respectively their junior in real life.
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The miniseries had a budget three times that of Roots (1977).
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Marc Singer originally auditioned for the role of Jim Warner.
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Producers Stan Margulies and David L. Wolper were initially reluctant to make a sequel to Roots (1977), but later agreed to do it.
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Writer Ernest Kinoy originally wrote an outline based on the final seven chapters of Alex Haley's book Roots: The Saga of an American Family and about 1,000 pages worth of family recollections that Alex Haley dictated into a tape recorder.
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Marlon Brando didn't memorize his lines and instead read cue cards off screen.
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