Just a month before seeing this, I saw Cruising for the first time. No one in that film made as much of an impression on me as Henry Judd Baker as "Tough Cop." During an interrogation scene, a gigantic black man wearing only a jockstrap and a cowboy hat silently sauntered into the room to slap the suspects around. That was Henry Judd Baker. That was the best part of Cruising. Inexplicable and hilarious.
I did not expect to see him again, just a few weeks later, in another early 80s film set in New York, attempting to rape Robert Forster in a prison shower, but there he was doing just that.
What an agent he must have had. Two plum roles.
Sadly, Henry died in 2016. I hope he was buried in his Cruising outfit.
I'll never forget him. RIP, Tough Cop.