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Avon Long (1910–1984)

Avon Long was a featured singer and dancer in the Cotton Club in New York in 1934. Lena Horne credits him with bringing her out of the chorus line to a featured spot. In the 1940's, he won critical acclaim as "Sportin' Life" in the Broadway production of "Porgy and Bess". He also appeared in featured roles on Broadway in "Bubbling Brown Sugar" See full bio »

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Known For

The Sting
The Sting Benny Garfield
(1973)
Trading Places
(1983)
Harry and Tonto
(1974)
Bye Bye Monkey
(1978)

Filmography

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 1984 Nothing Lasts Forever
Alphacruiser Steward
 1980 F.D.R.: The Last Year (TV Movie)
Bunnright
 1978 Bye Bye Monkey
Miko
 1973 Don't Play Us Cheap
Brother Dave
 1968 Finian's Rainbow
Passion Pilgrim Gospeleer (uncredited)
 1959 The Big Story (TV Series)
Davie
- With Intent to Kill (1959) ... Davie
 1959 The Green Pastures (TV Movie)
First Gambler
 1957 The Green Pastures (TV Movie)
First Gambler
 1956 The Rack
Hotel Room Service Waiter (uncredited)
 1948 Romance on the High Seas
Specialty Singer
 1946 Centennial Summer
Specialty
 1935 Cab Calloway's Jitterbug Party (Short)
Cotton Club Dancer (uncredited)
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Show Show Self (8 credits)

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Other Works:

He sang the role of Sportin' Life in Columbia Masterworks 1951 3-LP recording of the so-called "complete" version of "Porgy and Bess". (Actually, forty-five minutes were cut from the opera, as this was the standard edition used then.) See more »
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Was nominated for Broadway's 1973 Tony Award as Best Supporting or Featured Actor (Musical) for "Don't Play Us Cheap."

Star Sign:

Gemini

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