Willie Best


Actor
Willie Best

Biography

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

I Am Not Your Negro (2016)
Himself
I Am Not Your Negro (2016)
Self
South of Caliente (1951)
Willie
Jiggs and Maggie in Jackpot Jitters (1949)
Willie
Half Past Midnight (1948)
Andy
Smart Woman (1948)
Porter
Shanghai Chest (1948)
Suddenly, It's Spring (1947)
Porter on train
The Red Stallion (1947)
Jackson
No Leave, No Love (1946)
Black moving man
The Bride Wore Boots (1946)
Joe
Dangerous Money (1946)
Chattanooga Brown
The Face of Marble (1946)
Shadrach
The Red Dragon (1946)
Chattanooga Brown
Music for Millions (1945)
Red Cap
Hold That Blonde (1945)
Willie Shelley
Pillow to Post (1945)
Lucille
She Wouldn't Say Yes (1945)
Porter
The Monster and the Ape (1945)
The Adventures of Mark Twain (1944)
George
Home in Indiana (1944)
Moe Rum
The Girl Who Dared (1944)
Woodrow
Thank Your Lucky Stars (1943)
Soldier
Dixie (1943)
Steward
The Kansan (1943)
Bones
Cabin in the Sky (1943)
Second Idea Man
Cinderella Swings It (1943)
Hipp
Maisie Gets Her Man (1942)
Bellboy
Juke Girl (1942)
Jo-Mo
Scattergood Survives a Murder (1942)
Hipp
Busses Roar (1942)
Sunshine
The Hidden Hand (1942)
Eustace
Whispering Ghosts (1942)
Euclid White [Brown]
A-Haunting We Will Go (1942)
Waiter
Road Show (1941)
Willie
Kisses for Breakfast (1941)
Arnold
The Lady from Cheyenne (1941)
George
The Smiling Ghost (1941)
Clarence
The Body Disappears (1941)
Willie
Scattergood Baines (1941)
Hipp
Highway West (1941)
Willington
Nothing But the Truth (1941)
Samuel
Flight from Destiny (1941)
George
High Sierra (1941)
Algernon
Who Killed Aunt Maggie? (1940)
Andrew
The Ghost Breakers (1940)
Alex
Money and the Woman (1940)
George
I Take This Woman (1940)
Sambo
Blondie on a Budget (1940)
Mr. Moto in Danger Island (1939)
Pilot
Miracle on Main Street (1939)
Duke
Nancy Drew... Trouble Shooter (1939)
Apollo Johnson
Mr. Moto Takes a Vacation (1939)
Driver
Private Detective (1939)
Valet
The Covered Trailer (1939)
Baltimore
Slightly Honorable (1939)
Art
Blackmail (1939)
Bunny
At the Circus (1939)
Red Cap
Gold Is Where You Find It (1938)
Joshua
I'm from the City (1938)
Porter
Vivacious Lady (1938)
Porter
Goodbye Broadway (1938)
"Jughead"
Everybody's Doing It (1938)
Jasper
Blondie (1938)
Porter
Youth Takes a Fling (1938)
George
Straight Place and Show (1938)
Hannibal
Spring Madness (1938)
Porter
Meet the Missus (1937)
Mose
Super-Sleuth (1937)
Warts
Racing Lady (1937)
Brass
Saturday's Heroes (1937)
Sam
The Lady Fights Back (1937)
McTavish
We Who Are About to Die (1937)
Porter
You Can't Buy Luck (1937)
Porter
Breezing Home (1937)
"Speed"
The Ex-Mrs. Bradford (1936)
Night Waitress (1936)
Passerby
Make Way for a Lady (1936)
Townley
Thank You, Jeeves! (1936)
Drowsy
Murder on a Bridle Path (1936)
High Pockets
Silly Billies (1936)
Willie
The Bride Walks Out (1936)
Smokie
Mummy's Boys (1936)
Catfish
Two in Revolt (1936)
Eph
Muss 'Em Up (1936)
Janitor
Down the Stretch (1936)
Noah
General Spanky (1936)
Henry
Annie Oakley (1935)
Cook
The Nitwits (1935)
Sleepy
The Arizonian (1935)
Pompey
Hot Tip (1935)
Apollo
The Littlest Rebel (1935)
James Henry
To Beat the Band (1935)
Elevator operator
Murder on a Honeymoon (1935)
Porter
West of the Pecos (1935)
Jonah
Little Miss Marker (1934)
Dizzy Memphis
Kentucky Kernels (1934)
Buckshot
The Virtuous Husband (1931)
Loftus, the butler
Up Pops the Devil (1931)
Laundryman
Feet First (1930)
Himself

Music (Feature Film)

Sepia Cinderella (1947)
Composer

Misc. Crew (Short)

Breakdowns of 1941 (1941)
Archival Footage

Life Events

Videos

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Pillow To Post (1945) - Winifred's Strange And He's My Brother Ida Lupino is oil well equipment sales gal arriving amid a Southern California military housing crisis, with Anne O’Neal the USO lady, letting herself be mistaken for a military bride, then meeting Mrs. Wingate (Ruth Donnelly) and Lucile (Willie Best), in Pillow To Post, 1945.
Music For Millions (1944) - I Don't Talk To Strangers Playing the heartstrings from the start, director Henry Koster and producer Joe Pasternak in their first picture at MGM, introduce Margaret O’Brien as young “Mike,” not met at the train by her sister (June Allyson), Eddie Dunn the cop, Connie Gilchrist for Traveler’s Aid, in Music For Millions, 1944.
Littlest Rebel, The (1935) - Away Down South In Dixie Southerner Virgie (Shirley Temple) is drilling her happy slave friends (Willie Best as "James Henry") when courteous Union Colonel Morrison (Jack Holt) rides up asking her father's whereabouts, in The Littlest Rebel, 1935.
Kansan, The (1943) - He's No Tenderfoot Straight to business in this RKO programmer, Richard Dix rides into a Kansas town where the James Gang is making trouble (the one who gets away is George "Superman" Reeves), and we meet Albert Dekker, the banker and Jane Wyatt, the overdressed nurse, in The Kansan, 1943.
Ghost Breakers, The (1940) - Keep It In The Can Thrifty heiress Mary (Paulette Goddard) wraps business with the guys (Paul Lukas, Pedro De Cordoba) overseeing her inheritance of a Cuban castle, then disrobes while radio gossip-monger Larry (Bob Hope) goes a little too far for gangster Frenchy (Paul Fix), early in The Ghost Breakers, 1940.
Ghost Breakers, The (1940) - My Parents Had No Imagination The first meeting of the principals, Bob Hope as radio host Larry, who has angered some gangsters but who wrongly thinks he's shot a guy, dives into the hotel room of otherwise uninvolved Mary (Paulette Goddard), his sidekick Alex (Willie Best) standing by, in The Ghost Breakers, 1940.
Kentucky Kernels (1934) - We Kill Him On Purpose! Willie Best plays a dopey servant, helping greet Gloria (Mary Carlisle), of the Wakefield clan (headed by Noah Beery), and not impressed by Bert Wheeler and Robert Woolsey, escorting Spanky McFarland, orphan heir to, what they soon learn, is a rival clan's fortune, in Kentucky Kernels, 1934.
Busses Roar (1942) - San Diego Bus Not hard to see what Warner studio bosses saw in young Eleanor Parker, here as counter-girl Norma, in her first movie appearance, followed by Willie Best, Rex Williams whom we know to be a baddie, Creighton Hale selling tickets and Julie Bishop short of cash, early in the 1942 war-time programmer Busses Roar.
Busses Roar (1942) - Marines Are Funny Reba (Julie Bishop) by now is pretty-much openly hustling for a bus ticket home, failing with just-arrived Sgt. Ryan (Richard Travis) and commiserating with Norma (Eleanor Parker, in her first movie), Vera Lewis and Harry Bradley the senior couple, in the Warner Bros. B-feature Busses Roar,1942.
Nothing But The Truth (1941) -- Is That Money? Newly hired stock broker Steve (Bob Hope), with aide Sam (Willie Best), meets Gwen (Paulette Goddard), niece of the boss, notorious for her charity hustling, in Nothing But The Truth, 1941.
Nothing But The Truth (1941) -- Going With Girls Stock broker Steve (Bob Hope), having bet he can go 24 hours without lying, tries to keep his new boss (Edward Arnold) et al from finding niece Gwen (Paulette Goddard), who put up the cash, in Nothing But The Truth, 1941.

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