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Herb Jeffries (1913–2014)


This velvet-toned jazz baritone and sometime actor was (and perhaps still is) virtually unknown to white audiences. Yet, back in the late 1930s and early 1940s, Herb Jeffries was very big...in black-cast films. Today he is respected and remembered as a pioneer who broke down rusted-shut racial doors in Hollywood and ultimately displayed a positive... See full bio »

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Known For

The Bronze Buckaroo
(1939)
Two-Gun Man from Harlem
Two-Gun Man from Harlem Bob Blake / The Deacon
(1938)
Harlem Rides the Range
(1939)
Harlem on the Prairie
Harlem on the Prairie Jeff Kincaid
(1937)

Filmography

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 1996 The Cherokee Kid (TV Movie)
Herb Jeffries
 1994 American Experience (TV Series documentary)
Commentator (actor)
- Midnight Ramble (1994) ... Commentator (actor) (as Herb Jefferies)
 1979 Portrait of a Hitman
Charlie Blue
 1974 Twice in a Lifetime (TV Movie)
Hank Davis
 1973 Jarrett (TV Movie)
Karoufi
 1969-1973 Hawaii Five-O (TV Series)
Professor Kung / Klosmosky / Professor / ...
- The Diamond That Nobody Stole (1973) ... Professor Kung (as Herbert Jeffries)
- Is This Any Way to Run a Paradise? (1971) ... Klosmosky
- Highest Castle, Deepest Grave (1971) ... Professor
- Face of the Dragon (1969) ... Jardine
 1970 Where's Huddles? (TV Series)
Freight Train / Night Train
- Pilot (1970) ... Night Train
- One Man's Family (1970) ... Freight Train (voice)
- A Sticky Affair (1970) ... Freight Train (voice)
- The Odd Trio (1970) ... Freight Train (voice)
- Get That Letter Back (1970) ... Freight Train (voice)
 1969 The Virginian (TV Series)
Frank Hammel
- Stopover (1969) ... Frank Hammel
 1968 The Name of the Game (TV Series)
W.B. Keys / Deputy Coroner
- The Black Answer (1968) ... W.B. Keys
- Fear of High Places (1968) ... Deputy Coroner
 1967 I Dream of Jeannie (TV Series)
Copter Pilot
 1957 Calypso Joe
Calypso Joe
 1951 Disc Jockey
Herb Jeffries
 1939 Harlem Rides the Range
Bob Blake (as Herbert Jeffrey)
 1939 The Bronze Buckaroo
Bob Blake (as Herbert Jeffrey)
 1938 Rhythm Rodeo
Singing Cowboy
 1938 Two-Gun Man from Harlem
Bob Blake / The Deacon (as Herbert Jeffrey)
 1937 Harlem on the Prairie
Jeff Kincaid (as Herbert Jeffries)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Stage: Appeared in the musical revue "Jump for Joy" at the Mayan Theater, Los Angeles, CA, 1941. See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Biographical Movie | 1 Print Biography | 1 Article | See more »


Alternate Names:

Herb Jefferies | Herbert Jeffrey | Herbert Jeffries

Height:

6' 2" (1.88 m)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

Most people come to this world by stork. I came by Flamingo, and Duke Ellington delivered me. See more »

Trivia:

Herb Jeffries passed away on May 25, 2014, four months away from what would have been his 101st birthday on September 24. See more »

Trademark:

Deep baritone voice

Nickname:

The Sepia Singing Cowboy See more »

Star Sign:

Libra

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