Original 'Biggie Smalls' Dies

Ever since Notorious

B.I.G. made his way on to the rap scene in the early 90’s he was a man of

many names. Among

Notorious B.I.G.’s numerous aliases was Biggie Smalls, a name he captured

from the 1975 film Let’s Do It Again. Unfortunately,

Calvin Lockhart the actor behind the role of Biggie Smalls passed away on Mar.

29 in Nassau, Bahamas due to complications from a stroke. Let’s

Do It Again, which starred Bill Cosby and Sidney Poitier, included a character

by the name of Biggie Smalls who played the gangster in the film. Lockhart,

who was the first black actor to have a leading role with the Royal Shakespeare

Company, also starred in Coming To America, Predator 2, and several

other films and television shows. Notorious

B.I.G. and Lockhart weren’t the only two people who have used the name Biggie

Smalls. Notorious

B.I.G. was forced to abandon the moniker Biggy Smalls, once he found out the name

was actually trademarked years before B.I.G. had chosen the name.