Godfrey Cambridge


Actor

About

Birth Place
New York City, New York, USA
Born
February 26, 1933
Died
November 29, 1976
Cause of Death
Heart Attack

Biography

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 ...

Family & Companions

Barbara Ann Teer
Wife
Actor. Divorced.

Biography

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.

Life Events

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

Videos

Movie Clip

Trailer

Family

Alexander Cambridge
Father
Moved to NYC from British Guiana by way of Sydney, Nova Scotia.
Sarah Cambridge
Mother
Moved to NYC from British Guiana by way of Sydney, Nova Scotia.

Companions

Barbara Ann Teer
Wife
Actor. Divorced.

Bibliography