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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 23 May 1910Terre Haute, Indiana, USA
Date of Death 22 November 1986Van Nuys, California, USA  (pneumonia and lung cancer)
Birth NameBenjamin Sherman Crothers
Height 5' 10" (1.78 m)

Mini Bio (1)

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 compositions also include "The Gal Looks Good", "Nobody Knows Why", "I Was There", "A Man's Gotta Eat" and "When, Oh When". Scatman Crothers died at age 76 of pneumonia and lung cancer at his home in Van Nuys, California on November 22, 1986.

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Spouse (1)

Helen Crothers (1937 - 22 November 1986) (his death) (1 child)

Trade Mark (3)

Clean-shaven head.
Scratchy, jazzy voice.
His large smile.

Trivia (13)

Some sources erroneously credit him as Billie Holiday's jilting lover in the 1936 Duke Ellington one-reeler, "Symphony in Black", a role actually portrayed by Earl 'Snake Hips' Tucker. The song Billie sang was "Saddest Tale".
Following his death, he was interred at Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills) in Los Angeles, California.
Had appeared as a guest musician on the local music program The Spade Cooley Show (1958). Cooley, a white Western swing musician, hosted the show for a local Los Angeles television station.
Was close friends with Academy Award winner Jack Nicholson.
Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives." Volume Two, 1986-1990, pages 215-216. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1999.
Continued to work after being diagnosed with lung cancer in 1985, but it then spread to his esophagus.
He and his wife Helen Crothers had one daughter: Donna Crothers (born 1949).
Had appeared with Jack Nicholson in four films: The King of Marvin Gardens (1972), One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975), The Fortune (1975) and The Shining (1980).
He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6712 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on April 8, 1981.
Passed away 11 days after the passing of Roger C. Carmel. Their final feature film was The Transformers: The Movie (1986), where they voiced two characters on opposing sides: Jazz, the Autobot (Crothers) and Cyclonus, the Decepticon (Carmel).
The Shining (1980) was released in the United States on his 70th birthday.
He was awarded the Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor in the horror film The Shining (1980).
Inducted into the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame in 1987.

Personal Quotes (1)

(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.

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