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Monte Hawley (1901–1950)

Monte Hawley was the top black actor of stage and screen of his time of the independent black cast films and of Harlem's Golden Era. Monte Hawley was a handsome and talented actor, he was most used in black films than any other black actor. He was born October 25 1901, in Chicago and got an early start in Show Business. Richard B. Harrison who ... See full bio »

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Mystery in Swing
Mystery in Swing Biff Boyd
Double Deal
Double Deal Jim McCoy
The Duke Is Tops
The Duke Is Tops George Marshall
Take My Life
Take My Life Dr. Thurman


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 1948 Miracle in Harlem
Lieutenant Renard
 1948 What a Guy
 1947 Pigmeat's Laugh Hepcats (Short)
 1946 Tall, Tan, and Terrific (Short)
'Handsome' Harry Hansom
 1946 Mantan Messes Up
 1942 Take My Life
Dr. Thurman
 1942 Lady Luck
Masher (as Monty Hawley)
 1941 Mr. Washington Goes to Town
 1940 One Big Mistake (Short)
 1940 Four Shall Die
Dr. Hugh Leonard (as Monty Hawley)
 1940 While Thousands Cheer
 1940 Mr. Smith Goes Ghost (Short)
 1940 Am I Guilty?
 1940 Gang War
Bill (Baron's henchman)
 1939 One Dark Night
 1939 Reform School
 1938 Gang Smashers
 1938 The Duke Is Tops
George Marshall
 1938 Life Goes On
District Attorney
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Monty Hawley

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We have so many competent actors on the beige side who have been deprived of work in Broadway and Hollywood productions because they look too white. Call this the iron of fate.


As a very light-skinned man, Monte was an outspoken critic of "white" Hollywood and how they treated African-Americans. He himself was considered a "white-colored man who refuses to be white and is fighting a grand one-man battle in Hollywood for a better pattern of democracy.". See more »

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