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Also Known As: Died: November 29, 1976
Born: February 26, 1933 Cause of Death: heart attack
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: actor, hot-rod racer, judo instructor, taxi driver, airplane-wing cleaner, bouncer

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Heavyset (sometimes overweight), black player who began his career off-Broadway in "Take a Giant Step" (1956) and won acclaim, and an OBIE Award, for his performance in the all-star production of Jean Genet's "The Blacks" (1961) in which he played a black man who is transformed into an aged white woman. Adept at both ironic comedy and serious drama, Cambridge often starred in films with racial themes including the satirical "Watermelon Man" (1970) as a white bigot who wakes up to find himself suddenly turned into a black man. Cambridge, who was also memorable in "The President's Analyst" (1967), and "Cotton Comes to Harlem" (1970), died of a heart attack on the set of a TV movie in which he was playing Idi Amin Dada.

Heavyset (sometimes overweight), black player who began his career off-Broadway in "Take a Giant Step" (1956) and won acclaim, and an OBIE Award, for his performance in the all-star production of Jean Genet's "The Blacks" (1961) in which he played a black man who is transformed into an aged white woman. Adept at both ironic comedy and serious drama, Cambridge often starred in films with racial themes including the satirical "Watermelon Man" (1970) as a white bigot who wakes up to find himself suddenly turned into a black man. Cambridge, who was also memorable in "The President's Analyst" (1967), and "Cotton Comes to Harlem" (1970), died of a heart attack on the set of a TV movie in which he was playing Idi Amin Dada.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Scott Joplin (1977) Tom Turpin
2.
 Whiffs (1975) Dusty
3.
 Friday Foster (1975) Ford Malotte
5.
 The Biscuit Eater (1972) Willie Dorsey
6.
 Come Back Charleston Blue (1972) Gravedigger Jones
7.
 Beware! the Blob (1972) Chester Hargis
8.
 Watermelon Man (1970) Jeff Gerber
9.
 Cotton Comes to Harlem (1970) Gravedigger Jones
10.
 Bye Bye Braverman (1968) Taxicab driver
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1946:
Returned to NYC from Sydney, Nova Scotia
1956:
Off-Broadway stage debut as bartender in "Take a Giant Step"
1956:
TV debut on "Naked City" and "You'll Never Get Rich" episodes
1959:
Screen acting debut in "The Last Angry Man"
1961:
Breakthrough stage performance in Genet's "The Blacks"
1964:
Produced first record album, "Ready or Not, Here's Godfrey Cambridge"
1976:
Died of heart attack on Warner Bros. set of "Victory at Entebbe" in which he was starring as Idi Amin
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Education

Flushing High School: Flushing , New York -
Hofstra University: Hempstead , New York -
Hofstra University: Hempstead , New York -
City College of New York: New York , New York -

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wife:
Barbara Ann Teer. Actor. Divorced.

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father:
Alexander Cambridge. Moved to NYC from British Guiana by way of Sydney, Nova Scotia.
mother:
Sarah Cambridge. Moved to NYC from British Guiana by way of Sydney, Nova Scotia.

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