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Stepin Fetchit (1902–1985)

Stepin Fetchit remains one of the most controversial movie actors in American history. While he was undoubtedly one of the most talented physical comedians ever to do his shtick on the Big Screen, achieving the rare status of being a character actor/supporting player who actually achieved superstar status in the 1930s (becoming a millionaire to ... See full bio »

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 1974 Amazing Grace
Cousin Lincoln
 1972 Cutter (TV Movie)
Shoeshine Man
 1952 Bend of the River
Adam (as Stepin' Fetchit)
 1948 Miracle in Harlem
'Swifty', the Handyman
 1945 Big Timers (Short)
Porter / Specialty Act
 1945 Open the Door Richard (Short)
Richard
 1939 Zenobia
Zero (as Step'n Fetchit)
 1938 His Exciting Night
Casper, the Baker Butler
 1937 Fifty Roads to Town
Percy
 1937 Love Is News
Penrod
 1937 On the Avenue
Herman
 1936 Dimples
Cicero
 1936 36 Hours to Kill
Flash
 1935 The Virginia Judge
Spasm Johnson
 1935 Charlie Chan in Egypt
Snowshoes
 1935 One More Spring
Zoo Attendant
 1935 The County Chairman
Sass (Sassafras)
 1935 Helldorado
Ulysses
 1934 Bachelor of Arts
Bulga
 1934 Marie Galante
'Pacific Gardens' Waiter (uncredited)
 1934 The World Moves On
Dixie
 1934 David Harum
Sylvester Swifty
 1934 Carolina
Scipio
 1932 Slow Poke (Short)
 1931 Neck and Neck
The Hustler
 1931 The Galloping Ghost
Baxter College Locker Room Attendant
 1931 The Prodigal
Hokey
 1930 A Tough Winter (Short)
Stepin
 1930 La fuerza del querer
Spot
 1930 Swing High
Sam
 1930 The Big Fight
Spot
 1930 Cameo Kirby
Croup
 1929 Big Time
Eli
 1929 Salute
Smoke Screen
 1929 Innocents of Paris
Bit Role (uncredited)
 1929 Thru Different Eyes
Janitor
 1929 Show Boat
Joe
 1929 Hearts in Dixie
Gummy
 1929 The Ghost Talks
Christopher Lee
 1929 Kid's Clever
Negro Man
 1928 The Tragedy of Youth
Porter
 1928 Nameless Men
 1928 The Devil's Skipper
Slave's Husband
 1927 In Old Kentucky
Highpockets
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Single: "Richard's Answer - Part 1" / "Richard's Answer - Part 2" (Apollo Records)

Publicity Listings:

3 Print Biographies | 4 Portrayals | 2 Articles | See more »

Alternate Names:

Step'n Fetchit | Stepin' Fetchit

Height:

5' 10" (1.78 m)
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Personal Quote:

Like [Charles Chaplin], I played the part of a simple, sincere, honest and lovable character who won sympathy from an audience by being tolerant of those who hurt him, so that he could be good to those he loved.

Trivia:

His humbling, ingratiating style of acting unfortunately became a stereotype for black actors in the early years of cinema. See more »

Star Sign:

Gemini

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