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Scatman Crothers (1910–1986)


Scatman Crothers was born Benjamin Sherman Crothers on May 23, 1910 in Terre Haute, Indiana. Songwriter ("Dearest One"), actor, composer, singer, comedian and guitarist who, after high school, appeared in nightclubs, hotels, films and on television. He made many records, including his own compositions. He joined ASCAP in 1959, and his popular-song... See full bio »

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 1987 Rock Odyssey
Jukebox (voice)
 1986 Morningstar/Eveningstar (TV Series)
Excell Dennis
- Episode #1.7 (1986) ... Excell Dennis
- Episode #1.6 (1986) ... Excell Dennis
- Episode #1.5 (1986) ... Excell Dennis
- Episode #1.4 (1986) ... Excell Dennis
- Episode #1.3 (1986) ... Excell Dennis
 1984-1986 The Transformers (TV Series)
Jazz
- Starscream's Brigade (1986) ... Jazz (voice)
- Cosmic Rust (1985) ... Jazz (voice)
- Masquerade (1985) ... Jazz (voice)
- Aerial Assault (1985) ... Jazz (voice)
- The Key to Vector Sigma: Part 2 (1985) ... Jazz (voice)
 1985 The Paper Chase (TV Series)
Mr. Sims
- Lasting Impressions (1985) ... Mr. Sims
 1985 The Journey of Natty Gann
Sherman
 1985 Matt Houston (TV Series)
Moonshine Moody
- Death Trap (1985) ... Moonshine Moody
 1978-1984 The Love Boat (TV Series)
Malcolm / Virgil 'Scattergun' Gibson
 1984 Pryor's Place (TV Series)
Uncle Moses
- Too Old Too Soon, Too Smart Too Late (1984) ... Uncle Moses
 1984 We Got It Made (TV Series)
Franklin
- Mickey Makes the Grade (1984) ... Franklin
 1984 Hill Street Blues (TV Series)
Lionel 'Train' Talbot
- The End of Logan's Run (1984) ... Lionel 'Train' Talbot
 1983 Grandpa, Will You Run with Me? (TV Movie)
Sketch Performer
 1983 Two of a Kind
Earl
 1983 Hotel (TV Series)
Garland Fisk
- Confrontations (1983) ... Garland Fisk
 1983 Casablanca (TV Series)
Sam
- Jenny (1983) ... Sam
- Who Am I Killing (1983) ... Sam
 1983 Taxi (TV Series)
Walt
- A Grand Gesture (1983) ... Walt
 1982 Jokebook (TV Series)
Main Title Singer (1982) (voice)
 1982 Missing Children: A Mother's Story (TV Movie)
Mose Wheeler
 1982 It Takes Two (TV Series)
Manny Gilliam
- Death Penalty (1982) ... Manny Gilliam
 1982 Deadly Eyes
George Foskins
 1982 Zapped!
Dexter Jones
 1982 One of the Boys (TV Series)
Bernard Solomon
- One of the Boys (1982) ... Bernard Solomon
- Don't Bank on It: Part 2 (1982) ... Bernard Solomon
- Don't Bank on It: Part 1 (1982) ... Bernard Solomon
- On the Rebound (1982) ... Bernard Solomon
- Extracurricular Activities (1982) ... Bernard Solomon
 1982 American Playhouse (TV Series)
Parking Attendant
- Working (1982) ... Parking Attendant
 1982 Benson (TV Series)
Mr. Thompkins
- In the Red (1982) ... Mr. Thompkins
 1981 The Harlem Globetrotters on Gilligan's Island (TV Movie)
Dewey Stevens
 1981 Magnum, P.I. (TV Series)
Tickler
- Lest We Forget (1981) ... Tickler
 1981 Revenge of the Gray Gang (TV Movie)
Reuben Milo
 1980 NBC Special Treat (TV Series)
T.P. Jackson
- Sunshine's on the Way (1980) ... T.P. Jackson
 1980 Bronco Billy
Doc Lynch
 1980 Laverne & Shirley (TV Series)
Porter
 1979 Banjo the Woodpile Cat (TV Short)
Crazy Legs (voice)
 1979 The Super Globetrotters (TV Series)
Nate Branch / Liquid Man
- The Super Globetrotters vs. Attila the Hun (1979) ... Nate Branch / Liquid Man (voice)
- The Super Globetrotters vs. Merlo the Magician (1979) ... Nate Branch / Liquid Man (voice)
- The Super Globetrotters vs. Bullmoose (1979) ... Nate Branch / Liquid Man (voice)
- The Super Globetrotters vs. Transylvania Terrors (1979) ... Nate Branch / Liquid Man (voice)
- The Super Globetrotters vs. The Time Lord (1979) ... Nate Branch / Liquid Man (voice)
 1979 The Incredible Hulk (TV Series)
Edgar McGee
- My Favorite Magician (1979) ... Edgar McGee
 1978-1979 Vega$ (TV Series)
Rosey / Rosie
- The Usurper (1979) ... Rosey
- High Roller (1978) ... Rosie
 1979 ABC Weekend Specials (TV Series)
- The Puppy's Great Adventure (1979) ... (voice)
 1978 Flying High (TV Series)
Crothers
- South by Southwest (1978) ... Crothers
 1978 Charlie's Angels (TV Series)
Jip Baker
- Angels in Vegas (1978) ... Jip Baker
 1978 The Cheap Detective
Tinker
 1978 Mean Dog Blues
Mudcat
 1974-1978 Chico and the Man (TV Series)
Louie
- Waiting for Chongo (1978) ... Louie
- The Hot Rock (1978) ... Louie
- The Peeping Tom (1978) ... Louie
- Help Wanted (1978) ... Louie
 1977 Scooby's Laff-A Lympics (TV Series)
Hong Kong Phooey (voice)
 1977 C B Bears (TV Series)
Segment title narrator
 1977 The Skatebirds (TV Series)
Scat Cat (voice)
 1977 Starsky and Hutch (TV Series)
Fireball
- Long Walk Down a Short Dirt Road (1977) ... Fireball
 1977 Roots (TV Mini-Series)
Mingo
- Part IX (1977) ... Mingo
- Part IV (1977) ... Mingo
- Part VIII (1977) ... Mingo
 1976 Silver Streak
Ralston
 1976 Chesty Anderson U.S. Navy
Ben Benson (as Scat-Man Crothers)
 1976 The David Steinberg Show (TV Series)
- Episode #1.2 (1976)
 1976 The Shootist
Moses
 1976 Stay Hungry
William
 1976 Petrocelli (TV Series)
Jubilee Jones
- Jubilee Jones (1976) ... Jubilee Jones
 1975 Friday Foster
Noble Franklin
 1975 Coonskin
Pappy / Old Man Bone (as Scat Man Crothers)
 1975 Man on the Outside (TV Movie)
Ruben Hammer
 1975 The Fortune
Fisherman
 1975 Win, Place or Steal
Attendant
 1975 Sanford and Son (TV Series)
Bowlegs
- The Stand-In (1975) ... Bowlegs
 1974 Hong Kong Phooey (TV Series)
Hong Kong Phooey / Penrod 'Penry' Pooch
- Comedy Cowboys (1974) ... Hong Kong Phooey (voice)
- Dr. Disguiso/The Incredible Mr. Shrink (1974) ... Penrod 'Penry' Pooch / Hong Kong Phooey (voice)
- Mr. Tornado/The Little Crook Who Wasn't There (1974) ... Penrod 'Penry' Pooch / Hong Kong Phooey (voice)
- From Bad to Verse/Kong and the Counterfeiters (1974) ... Penrod 'Penry' Pooch / Hong Kong Phooey (voice)
 1974 The Odd Couple (TV Series)
Blind Man
- The Subway Story (1974) ... Blind Man
 1974 Mannix (TV Series)
Mudcat
- The Green Man (1974) ... Mudcat
 1974 McMillan & Wife (TV Series)
Floyd
- Downshift to Danger (1974) ... Floyd (as Scat Man Crothers)
 1974 Kolchak: The Night Stalker (TV Series)
Uncle Filemon
- The Zombie (1974) ... Uncle Filemon (as Scat Man Crothers)
 1974 The Sty of the Blind Pig (TV Movie)
Doc
 1974 Toma (TV Series)
- The Street (1974)
 1974 Truck Turner
Duke
 1974 Black Belt Jones
Pop Byrd
 1973 Griff (TV Series)
Joe Rawls
- Isolate and Destroy (1973) ... Joe Rawls
 1973 Ironside (TV Series)
Jason
- The Last Payment (1973) ... Jason
 1973 Kojak (TV Series)
Gaylord Fuller
- The Corrupter (1973) ... Gaylord Fuller
 1973 The New Temperatures Rising Show (TV Series)
Timmy
- The Mothers (1973) ... Timmy
 1973 Slaughter's Big Rip-Off
Cleveland
 1973 Detroit 9000
Reverend Markham
 1972 Adam-12 (TV Series)
George Strothers
- Hot Spell (1972) ... George Strothers
 1969-1972 Love, American Style (TV Series) (segment "Love and the Perfect Wedding") / One-Man Band (segment "Love and the Dummies")
- Love and the Athlete/Love and the Dummies/Love and Mother/Love and the Shower (1969) ... One-Man Band (segment "Love and the Dummies")
 1972 Lady Sings the Blues
Big Ben
 1972 The King of Marvin Gardens
Lewis (as Benjamin 'Scatman' Crothers)
 1972 The Lorax (TV Short)
Singer (voice, uncredited)
 1972 Nichols (TV Series)
Jack
- Eddie Joe (1972) ... Jack
 1971 Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (TV Series)
King Louie
- Disney on Parade (1971) ... King Louie (voice, uncredited)
 1971 Bewitched (TV Series)
Handler
- Three Men and a Witch on a Horse (1971) ... Handler
 1971 The Good Life (TV Series)
Rodney
- Butterfield Ate (1971) ... Rodney
 1971 Chandler
Smoke
 1970 The AristoCats
Scat Cat (voice)
 1970 The Governor & J.J. (TV Series)
Rupert
- Check the Check (1970) ... Rupert
 1970 Barefoot in the Park (TV Series)
- Somethin' Fishy (1970)
 1970 The Great White Hope
Carnival Barker (uncredited)
 1970 Bloody Mama
Moses (as 'Scatman' Crothers)
 1969 Hello, Dolly!
Mr. Jones - Porter (uncredited)
 1969 Hook, Line and Sinker
The Corpse (uncredited)
 1967 Dragnet 1967 (TV Series)
Dave Richmond
- The Missing Realtor (1967) ... Dave Richmond
 1966 Alvarez Kelly
Bellhop (uncredited)
 1966 Three on a Couch
Party Guest (uncredited)
 1965 The Family Jewels
Airport Employee (uncredited)
 1964 The Famous Adventures of Mr. Magoo (TV Series) (voice)
 1964 The Patsy
Shoeshine Boy
 1964 Lady in a Cage
Junkyard Proprietor's Assistant (uncredited)
 1961 Bonanza (TV Series)
Jud
- The Smiler (1961) ... Jud
 1961 The Sins of Rachel Cade
Musinga
 1959 Bourbon Street Beat (TV Series)
Joe
- The Mourning Cloak (1959) ... Joe (as Sherman 'Scat Man' Crothers)
 1959 Matty's Funnies with Beany and Cecil (TV Series)
Wildman of Wildsville (voice)
 1959 Porgy and Bess
Crabman
 1959 Alias Jesse James
Railroad Porter (uncredited)
 1958 Tarzan and the Trappers (TV Movie)
Tyana (as Sherman Crothers)
 1958 Alfred Hitchcock Presents (TV Series)
Timothy
- Don't Interrupt (1958) ... Timothy
 1958 Schlitz Playhouse (TV Series)
- Penny Wise (1958)
 1958 The Gift of Love
Sam the Gardener (uncredited)
 1957 The Adventures of Jim Bowie (TV Series)
Cicero
- The Quarantine (1957) ... Cicero
 1956 Between Heaven and Hell
George (uncredited)
 1955 Climax! (TV Series)
- One Night Stand (1955)
 1953 Walking My Baby Back Home
'Smiley' Gordon (as Scat Man Crothers)
 1953 East of Sumatra
Baltimore
 1953 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series)
- Lovely Day (1953)
 1953 Meet Me at the Fair
Enoch Jones
 1952 The Colgate Comedy Hour (TV Series)
Sketch Actor
- Episode #2.23 (1952) ... Sketch Actor
 1951 Yes Sir, Mr. Bones
Scatman
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Album: "Big Ben Sings", 1973 (Motown)

Publicity Listings:

1 Print Biography | 2 Interviews | 1 Article | See more »

Alternate Names:

'Scatman' Crothers | Benjamin 'Scatman' Crothers | Benjamin Crothers | Scat Man Crothers | Scat-Man Crothers | Sherman 'Scat Man' Crothers | Sherman Crothers

Height:

5' 10" (1.78 m)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

(on working with director Stanley Kubrick in The Shining (1980)) That movie was all right to make, but you know Stanley likes to do a lot of takes. It gets kind of boring, but when you take a job you do it.

Trivia:

Following his death, he was interred at Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills) in Los Angeles, California. See more »

Trademark:

His large smile. See more »

Star Sign:

Gemini

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