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James Edwards (I) (1918–1970)

Pioneering actor who was among Hollywood's first - years ahead of Sidney Poitier - to crush the Stepin Fetchit stereotype of black males as shiftless illiterates. Although in some pictures Edwards would portray subservient characters (e.g. "General" George C. Scott's valet in Patton (1970)), he delivered true dignity in his performances. He is ... See full bio »

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Filmography

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 1972 Doomsday Voyage
Coast Guard Officer
 1970 Patton
Sergeant William George Meeks
 1969 Anatomy of a Crime (TV Movie)
Lt Wager
 1969 Mannix (TV Series)
Jerry
- The Sound of Darkness (1969) ... Jerry
 1968 The Outsider (TV Series)
Lt Wager
 1968 The Virginian (TV Series)
Ben Harper
- The Mustangers (1968) ... Ben Harper
 1968 The Outcasts (TV Series)
Taggert
- My Name Is Jemal (1968) ... Taggert
 1968 Coogan's Bluff
Sgt. Jackson
 1968 The Young Runaways
Sergeant Joe Collyer
 1968 Cowboy in Africa (TV Series)
Shendi Suakin
- A Man of Value (1968) ... Shendi Suakin
 1966 Burke's Law (TV Series)
Norton / John Norton
- Terror in a Tiny Town: Part 2 (1966) ... Norton
- Terror in a Tiny Town: Part 1 (1966) ... John Norton
 1965 Dr. Kildare (TV Series)
Dr. Lench
- Hour of Decision (1965) ... Dr. Lench
- Wives and Losers (1965) ... Dr. Lench
- The Life Machine (1965) ... Dr. Lench
 1965 The Sandpiper
Larry Brant
 1964 Death Valley Days (TV Series)
Scipio Gaines
- The Other White Man (1964) ... Scipio Gaines
 1964 The DuPont Show of the Week (TV Series)
Vaughn
- Ambassador at Large (1964) ... Vaughn
 1964 The Doctors and the Nurses (TV Series)
Mr. Hudson
- The Roamer (1964) ... Mr. Hudson
 1964 The Eleventh Hour (TV Series)
Ettinger
- Who Chopped Down the Cherry Tree? (1964) ... Ettinger
 1963 East Side/West Side (TV Series)
Mr. Jackson
- Where's Harry (1963) ... Mr. Jackson
 1963 The Fugitive (TV Series)
Joe Smith
- Decision in the Ring (1963) ... Joe Smith
 1963 Going My Way (TV Series)
Sgt. Fred Wilson
- Run, Robin, Run (1963) ... Sgt. Fred Wilson
 1963 The Joey Bishop Show (TV Series)
Guard #1
- Double Time (1963) ... Guard #1
 1962 The Lloyd Bridges Show (TV Series)
Byron
- Testing Ground (1962) ... Byron
 1960 Peter Gunn (TV Series)
Arnie Kelton
- Sing a Song of Murder (1960) ... Arnie Kelton
 1959 Blood and Steel
George
 1959 Zane Grey Theater (TV Series)
Sgt. Morgan
- Mission (1959) ... Sgt. Morgan
 1959 Pork Chop Hill
Cpl. Jurgens
 1959 Night of the Quarter Moon
Asa Tully
 1958 Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse (TV Series)
- Silent Thunder (1958)
 1958 Anna Lucasta
Eddie
 1958 Fräulein
Cpl. S. Hanks
 1958 Climax! (TV Series)
James Sullivan
- The Volcano Seat (1958) ... James Sullivan (uncredited)
 1957 Men in War
Sgt. Killian
 1957 Battle Hymn
Lt. Maples
 1956 The Killing
Track Parking Attendant
 1955-1956 Alfred Hitchcock Presents (TV Series)
Ed / Convict
- The Big Switch (1956) ... Ed
- Breakdown (1955) ... Convict
 1955 Cavalcade of America (TV Series)
Ralph Bunche
- Toward Tomorrow (1955) ... Ralph Bunche
 1955 Navy Log (TV Series)
Ensign Jesse Brown
- Hiya Pam (1955) ... Ensign Jesse Brown
 1955 The Phenix City Story
Zeke Ward
 1955 TV Reader's Digest (TV Series)
 1955 Seven Angry Men
Ned Green
 1955 The Star and the Story (TV Series)
Porter
- Safe Journey (1955) ... Porter
 1955 African Manhunt
Native Guide
 1954 Fireside Theatre (TV Series)
 1954 The Caine Mutiny
Whittaker (uncredited)
 1953 The Joe Louis Story
Jack 'Chappie' Blackburn
 1953 Ramar of the Jungle (TV Series)
Matuwa / Chief Mucumba
- Blind Peril (1953) ... Matuwa
- Call to Danger (1953) ... Matuwa
- Savage Challenge (1953) ... Chief Mucumba
 1951 Bright Victory
Joe Morgan
 1951 The Steel Helmet
Cpl. Thompson
 1949 Manhandled
Henry, Bennet's Butler (uncredited)
 1949 Home of the Brave
Private Peter Moss
 1949 The Set-Up
Luther Hawkins
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Height:

6' 1" (1.85 m)
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When Dorothy Dandridge read for the title role in Carmen Jones (1954), Edwards read the part of Joe, although he was not considered for the role. See more »

Nickname:

Jimmy

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