Actor Kyle Johnson From Movie "The Learning Tree" 50 Years Later
Although he isn’t as known as his iconic Mother (Nichelle Nichols of "Star Trek"), actor Kyle Johnson did have the lead role portraying an iconic figure of U.S. culture- Gordon Parks, in the autobiographical film, The Learning Tree.
As an African-American teen in small-town Kansas in the 1920s, Newt Winger (Kyle Johnson) largely shrugs off the racial prejudice of his time and place. His calm and self-controlled perspective is in direct opposition to that of his quick-tempered friend, Marcus Savage (Alex Clarke). But when Marcus' father, Booker (Richard Ward), murders a man -- and Newt witnesses the crime -- Newt realizes that going to the police could jeopardize both his friendship and his life.
Release date: August 6, 1969 (USA)
Director: Gordon Parks
Story by: Gordon Parks