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Leigh Whipper (1876–1975)

Leigh Whipper was an consummate actor who led an impressive life. Born in South Carolina in 1876, at the end of the Reconstruction Era in which his parents had participated, he was educated in Washington, D.C., attending Howard University, before turning permanently to a life in the theater. At a time when work for black actors was limited, ... See full bio »

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 1958 Peter Gunn (TV Series)
Lodi
- Streetcar Jones (1958) ... Lodi
 1957 The Young Don't Cry
Doosy
 1955 The Shrike
Carlisle
 1951 Martin Kane (TV Series)
Chester - Hotel Desk Clerk / Chester
- Hotel Con Game (1951) ... Chester - Hotel Desk Clerk
- The Fortune Teller (1951) ... Chester
 1949 Lost Boundaries
Janitor
 1947 Untamed Fury
Uncle Gabe
 1946 Undercurrent
George
 1946 Young Widow
Nate (uncredited)
 1945 Jungle Queen
Native (uncredited)
 1944 Dark Waters
Minor Role (unconfirmed)
 1944 The Yellow Rose of Texas
Dock Singer (uncredited)
 1944 Strange Confession
Toba
 1943 Happy Land
Old Ben
 1943 The Ox-Bow Incident
Sparks (uncredited)
 1943 Mission to Moscow
Haile Selassie (uncredited)
 1942 White Cargo
Jim Fish
 1942 The Vanishing Virginian
Uncle Josh Preston
 1942 Lady for a Night
Joe Cupid, the Charm Seller (uncredited)
 1941 King of the Zombies
Momba, the Butler
 1941 Virginia
Ezechial
 1941 Robin Hood of the Pecos
Kezeye
 1920 The Symbol of the Unconquered
Tugi - an Indian Fakir
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Stage Play: The Shrike. Drama. Written by Joseph A. Kramm. Scenic Design by Howard Bay. Lighting Design by Howard Bay. Costume Design by Edith Lutyens. Directed by Joseph A. Kramm. Cort Theatre: 15 Jan 1952- 31 May 1952 (161 performances). Cast: Judith Evelyn (as "Ann Downs"), José Ferrer (as "Jim Downs"), Somar Alberg (as "Dr. Schlesinger... See more »

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Lee Whipper
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Originated the role of The Crab Man 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, in which he also played the role of the Undertaker. See more »

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