Renowned Trinidad-born actor Sullivan Walker, 68, died on Carnival Monday, February 20, succumbing to a massive heart attack in California, USA. Originally from the hills of Success Village, Laventille, Walker's career began at age nine and he continued to soar until landing a plum role as the grandfather of Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson two years ago in the hit film Get Rich or Die Trying. He has also shared the screen with Tom Cruise.
The father of one child, Walker, 68, returned home annually to be part of Carnival. Walker's big break came in 1986 while he was doing a play, A Doll's House, in Atlanta. The casting of the popular Bill Cosby Show called and offered him a job. One year later, the casting called again and offered Walker a role as a cab driver on a series, Where I Live, which aired on ABC television.
In a T&T Guardian interview Walker said that role led to a job with Steven Spielberg when he acted in another series-Earth Two-which also gave him the opportunity to act with Tom Cruise in the hit film The Firm. According to a family member, Walker's body is being flown to New York this week and will be flown to Trinidad for his funeral.