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Date of Birth 6 March 1918Muncie, Indiana, USA
Date of Death 4 January 1970San Diego, California, USA  (heart attack)
Birth NameJames Johnson Edwards
Nickname Jimmy
Height 6' 1" (1.85 m)

Mini Bio (1)

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 especially remembered for his leading role in Home of the Brave (1949).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Bill Takacs <kinephile@aol.com>

Spouse (1)

Leola Sayles Mosley (25 December 1953 - 4 January 1970) (his death) (1 child)

Trivia (4)

First black actor to play the role of a fighter pilot in a film. This was for Battle Hymn (1957). The next time a black actor played a fighter pilot was Iron Eagle (1986) with Louis Gossett Jr..
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.
Died before the release of his last three films, including Patton (1970).
Father: Jose V. Edwards; Mother: Anna Louise Johnson.

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