Austin Stoker has died at the age of 92.
The actor, best known for his role in John Carpenter’s action thriller Assault on Precinct 13, died Friday of kidney failure at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California.
Robin Stoker – his wife of 43 years – shared the sad news of his death on her personal Facebook page, describing him as “the love of my life” in her tribute.
In Assault on Precinct 13, Stoker played Lieutenant Ethan Bishop, who leads a group of civilians, criminals, and officers while his police station is under siege by a street gang.
In addition to his role in the 1976 film, Stoker appeared in the 1975 blaxpoitation film Sheba, Baby with Pam Grier and played the human Macdonald in 1973’s Battle for the Planet of the Apes, opposite the primate leader Ceaser (Roddy McDowall).
Born in Trinidad before moving to New York to pursue a career in show business, he has also appeared on the big screen in The Get-Man, Abby, Airport ’75, Time Walker, The Zebra Killer and Combat Cop.
In 2019 he appeared in Rob Zombie Horror 3 From Hell and earlier this year he was cast in the black comedy Give Till It Hurts.
On the small screen, he appeared in the 1977 classic Roots, as well as roles in Murder She Wrote, Lou Grant, The Six Million Dollar Man and Trapper John, MD
Tributes have been poured in for Stoker, and actor and director Bill Duke reacted to the sad news online.
He tweeted: “The unsung actor #AustinStoker died at the age of 92. Stoker was best known for his starring roles as Lt. Ethan Bishop in John Carpenter’s 1976 Howard Hawks-inspired films, #AssaultonPrecinct13 and #BeneaththePlanetoftheApes.
‘Blessings to his family… he levitates with the angels.’