Stanley "Tookie" Williams, the founder of the Crips gang who is scheduled to be executed next month, is getting some support from the Oscar-winning actor who portrayed him in a 2004 television movie.
Jamie Foxx, who turns 38 on Williams' execution date (Dec. 13), wants California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to grant clemency for the convicted murderer-turned-author.
A Web site has been created to collect signatures in hopes of convincing Schwarzenegger to spare Tookie's life.
"We can't let [the execution] happen," Foxx told Fox 411 columnist Roger Freidman at the New York premiere of his new movie, "Jarhead." "We've got to do everything we can to get the word out. Do you know they've collected nearly 30,000 signatures so far?"
Williams, who is the author of nine children's books that promote peace, was sentenced to death in 1981 for the 1979 murder of a Los Angeles area 7-Eleven manager, and, shortly thereafter, three other people at a motel.
In 1992, a judge recommended clemency for Tookie after he received two Nobel Peace Prize nominations.