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Percy Verwayen (1895–1968)

Percy Verwayen is another unsung acting talent of stage and screen. In his time, he was considered the best of the Black actors. He never appeared in any Hollywood movies though he graced the Black Cinema screen many times with his exceptional acting and became one of the top leading men. His screen image and talent was in the same fashion of ... See full bio »

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Known For

The Burden of Race
Secret Sorrow
The Conjure Woman
Fight That Ghost
Fight That Ghost Moneybags Jim


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 1957 The Phil Silvers Show (TV Series)
The Grandfather
- Cherokee Ernie (1957) ... The Grandfather
 1947 Sepia Cinderella
 1946 Fight That Ghost
Moneybags Jim (as Percy Verwayne)
 1940 Sunday Sinners
Teck Adams
 1939 Straight to Heaven
'Lucky' John Simon
 1939 Paradise in Harlem
Spanish (as Percy Verwayne)
 1930 A Daughter of the Congo
Pidgy Muffy
 1922 Easy Money
 1921 Secret Sorrow
 1921/I The Simp

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He acted in the musical comedy, "Shuffle Along," in a National Tour production at the Menominee Theatre in Menominee, Michigan with Albert F. Watts, Emma Jackson, Nellie Brown, Theodore McDonald, C. Jones, DeWitt Davis, Al Baldwin, Manton Moland, Margaret Scott, Billy Dewey, Edgar Connors, Usher Finn, Edwin Gary, J. Johnson, ... See more »

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Percy Verwayne

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Originated the role of Sporting Life in the play 'Porgy,' written by Dorothy Heyward and DuBose Heyward, when it premiered on Broadway in 1927 under the direction of Rouben Mamoulian. He returned to the role in a 1929 revival, also directed by Mamoulian.

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