What actor played the Wizard in The Wizard of Oz?
Frank Morgan played the Wizard, Professor Marvel and the guard that cried so much at Emerald city.
He also played the doorman (Who rang that bell?) and the cabbie (with the Horse of a Different Color).
Michael Jackson (August 29, 1958 - June 25, 2009) played in "The Wiz," but not in "The Wizard of Oz." Specifically, "The Wizard of Oz" was filmed in 1939. "The Wiz," which is an adaptation of the original 1900 book edition upon which the 1939 film is based, was made in 1978. Michael was not the only black actor in "The Wiz," but he was the cast member whose performance career started in early childhood.