He also appeared in the 1970s blaxploitation flicks Detroit 9000 (1973) and the highly successful box office hit film Sheba Baby opposite actress Pam Grier (1975). Career The New York City born and raised Challenger first got his acting start on the stage in the early 1960s, performing in the off-Broadway plays The rise and Fall Of The City Of Mahogany,Along Came A Spider, and the Jacques Levy-directed Scuba Duba, where he appeared alongside the likes of future television and film stars such as Judd Hirsch (of American Broadcasting Company"s Taxi), Conrad Bain (of National Broadcasting Company"s Diff"rent Strokes), and Jerry Orbach (of National Broadcasting Company"s Law & Order). The play, which ran for 692 performances, from October 10, 1967, to June 8, 1969, earned a 1968 Theatre World Award for actress Brenda Smiley, who also appeared in the acclaimed play with Challenger.
He also appeared in the Broadway productions Tambourines In Grey (1963), Do I Hear A Waltz? Challenger was married to veteran British actress Lisa Davis Waltz from December 31, 1973 to September 14, 1978, after almost two and a half years of separation.
Challenger has not acted in any stage or screen roles since 1993.