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Wiggins, Alfred W., Sr.

(born: July 4, 1936  -  died: February 22, 2017) Reverend Alfred W. Wiggins, Sr. was born in Waller, Texas and grew up in Louisville, KY. He was an educator, an actor, a playwright, and a pastor. He portrayed the character Judge Clagett in 16 episodes of the television series Matlock. Between 1992-2006, he appeared in more than 20 television series and movies such as Road TripDrumline, Nell, The ProgramTarget EarthThe Wedding, and television series Savanah, In the Heat of the Night, and I'll Fly Away. He was in the short Two Soldiers. He wrote the play Diamond Jake and several other plays. For more on his acting career, see "Al Wiggins" in Obituaries in the Performing Arts, 2017 by H. M. Lentz III.

During his acting career, Alfred W. Wiggins, Sr. was also a fine arts professor at Western Carolina University and at Fayetteville State University, both located in North Carolina. He founded the Black Theater Ensemble at Western Carolina University. The group performs on campus, in neighboring communities, and has performed in Louisville, KY. Alfred W. Wiggins, Sr. was the 2001 recipient of the Paul A. Reid Distinguished Service Award at Western Carolina University, and the recipient of the North Carolina Governor’s Award for Excellence.

In 2002, Rev. Alfred W. Wiggins, Sr. was a founding member and would serve as an associate pastor at the New Progressive Baptist Church in Jeffersonville, IN. 

Alfred W. Wiggins, Sr. was a graduate of Louisville Central High School, and earned his B.A. at Shaw University and his Master of Fine Arts in Theater at the University of California San Diego. He was the son of William H. Wiggins, Sr. and Mabel Leora Washinton Wiggins. He was a brother to William H. Wiggins, Jr. He was the husband of Barbara Stum Wiggins and the father of six children. See the Alfred W. Wiggins, Sr. obituary at

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NKAA Entry: Louisville Central High School/Central High School Magnet Career Academy
NKAA Source: Obituaries in the performing arts, 2017

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