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Also Known As: Died: February 28, 1977
Born: September 18, 1905 Cause of Death: congestive heart failure
Birth Place: Oakland, California, USA Profession: Cast ...
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Reputedly his raspy voice was the result of a strain on his vocal chords suffered when he was a 12-year-old child hawking newspapers
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Joined an all-black revue at age 14; eventually played the Roxy, Cotton Club and Apollo in Harlem and appeared in vaudeville
1927:
Film debut, "No Place to Go/Her Primitive Mate"
1930:
Performed in vaudeville as a song-and-dance team with his brother Cornelius (dates approximate)
1932:
First speaking part in films, "What Price Hollywood?"
1936:
Had first dramatic role in "Green Pastures"
1937:
Cast in bit role as a Pullman porter on Jack Benny's radio program; Benny hired him to play the valet Rochester Van Jones
1940:
Acted on screen with Benny in "Buck Benny Rides Again"
1943:
Played rare leading role in features in Vincente Minnelli's all-black cast musical, "Cabin in the Sky"
1945:
Film "Brewster's Millions" was banned in Memphis as "inimical to the friendly relations between the races" because it portrayed "too much social equality and racial mixture"
1946:
Retired from films
1950:
Toured Europe with Benny
1957:
Reprised role of Noah in TV adaptation of "Green Pastures"
1963:
Returned to films in "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad World"; final feature appearance
1972:
Attempted comeback with nightclub act in Houston which led to being cast in Broadway revival of "Good News"; forced to resign due to bad health
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Had cataract operations in mid-1970s

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