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15 Great Minority Characters in Sci-Fi

By Matt Heckler Jun 3, 2013

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Ben Hanser: Night of the Living Dead

It was extraordinarily rare in 1968 for a film to cast an African-American man in the lead role of a film when the rest of the cast was white. But, Duane Jones was the best audition and got the role of Ben Hanser, the hero of the original Night of the Living Dead. He’s an awesome character who is calm and collected despite the chaos.

Tags: movies, tv, sci fi, star wars, slideshows, star trek, firefly, serenity, mace windu

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Matt Heckler

Matt Heckler is a writer, book critic, musician, movie nerd, sci-fi aficionado, and awesome beard haver from Chicago. When he isn't writing for The MindHut, he is drinking tasty beverages and working on his first novel. Follow him on Twitter @androiddreamer!

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