Max Julien dead: The Mack actor dies at 88 with his wife discovering his body at home
Max Julien — famous for his leading role in the blaxploitation film ‘The Mack’ — has died.
The actor/writer/producer passed away on Jan. 1, due to undisclosed circumstances — this according to his 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‘.”
Comic book writer and film producer David F. Walker broke the news about Julien’s death in a social media post, honoring his friend.
Julien was a classically trained actor, according to IMDB, and began his career performing in off-Broadway productions around New York City before moving on to acting, writing and producing films.
His largest role, Goldie in “The Mack,” was an ambitious pimp who had just served a five-year sentence in prison. A young Richard Pryor plays Goldie’s sidekick, Slim, in one of his early film roles before the comedian became a major Hollywood star.
The actor also wrote and produced iconic film series Cleopatra Jones in the 1970s. Other films Julien appeared in include “The Black Klansman” (1966), “Psych Out (1966) “The Savage Seven” (1968), “Up Tight!” (1968) and “Getting Straight” (1970).
No cause of death was revealed.
Julien is survived by his wife, Arabella. He was 88, despite what his public birthday is listed as online. We’ve been assured … Max was born in 1933.