Although his brand of humor has been reviled for decades, black character actor Mantan Moreland parlayed his cocky but jittery character into a recognizable presence in the late 1930s and early 1940s, appearing in a long string of comedy thrillers . . . and was considered quite funny at the time! Born just after the turn of the century in Louisiana...See full bio »
He was the in-house comic relief artist for poverty-row Monogram Pictures. Most audiences will remember him best for his recurring role as Birmingham Brown in Monogram's "Charlie Chan" series. Unlike other studios' treatment of their black performers, however, Monogram considered him of such importance to them that his name always appeared high on the cast list of his films.
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