Godfrey Cambridge (1933–1976)

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Cambridge won a four-year scholarship to study medicine but decided, instead, to become an actor, leaving college in his third year. He acted in many off-Broadway productions, winning the Village Voice's Obie Award in Jean Genet's "The Blacks"; and, on Broadway, he gained a Tony Award Nomination in "Purlie's Victorious". It was as a comedian that ... See full bio »

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Watermelon Man Jeff Gerber
Cotton Comes to Harlem Grave Digger Jones
Come Back Charleston Blue Gravedigger Jones


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 1977 Scott Joplin (TV Movie)
Tom Turpin
 1976 Victory at Entebbe (TV Movie)
President Idi Amin (rehearsed only)
 1975 Friday Foster
Ford Malotte
 1975 Police Story (TV Series)
The Cut Man / Willis Johnson
- The Cut Man Caper (1975) ... The Cut Man
- Year of the Dragon: Part 1 (1975) ... Willis Johnson
 1975 Whiffs
 1975 Ceremonies in Dark Old Men (TV Movie)
Mr. Jenkins
 1973 Five on the Black Hand Side
Godfrey Cambridge
 1973 The Furst Family of Washington (TV Movie)
Oscar Furst
 1972 Come Back Charleston Blue
Gravedigger Jones
 1972 Beware! The Blob
Chester Hargis
 1972 The Biscuit Eater
Willie Dorsey
 1972 O'Hara, U.S. Treasury (TV Series)
Win Ethan
- Operation: Rake-Off (1972) ... Win Ethan
 1971 Night Gallery (TV Series)
Jackie Slater (segment "Make Me Laugh")
- Make Me Laugh/Clean Kills and Other Trophies (1971) ... Jackie Slater (segment "Make Me Laugh")
 1970 Love, American Style (TV Series)
Harley (segment "Love and the Champ")
- Love and the Champ/Love and the Pen Pals (1970) ... Harley (segment "Love and the Champ")
 1966-1970 The Red Skelton Hour (TV Series)
Joe Broadway / Laugh a Minute Louie
- San Fernando Red and the Football Star (1970) ... Joe Broadway
- Much Ado About Nagging (1966) ... Laugh a Minute Louie
 1970 Cotton Comes to Harlem
Grave Digger Jones
 1970 Watermelon Man
Jeff Gerber
 1968 Black Journal (TV Series) (segment, "Mass Media Satire")
- Episode #1.1 (1968) ... (segment, "Mass Media Satire")
 1968 Bye Bye Braverman
Taxi Driver
 1968 The Biggest Bundle of Them All
Benny Brownstead
 1967 The President's Analyst
Don Masters
 1967 The Monkees (TV Series)
Mexican Parking Lot Attendant
- A Nice Place to Visit (1967) ... Mexican Parking Lot Attendant (uncredited)
 1967 The Busy Body
 1966 Daktari (TV Series)
- Cry for Help (1966) ... Mills
 1966 The Dick Van Dyke Show (TV Series)
Harry Bond
- The Man from My Uncle (1966) ... Harry Bond
 1966 I Spy (TV Series)
- Court of the Lion (1966) ... Cetshyayo
 1964 The Troublemaker
Fire Inspector
 1963 Quest (TV Series) ('The Living Premise')
- A New Year's Revue (1963) ... ('The Living Premise')
 1963 East Side/West Side (TV Series)
- Who Do You Kill? (1963) ... Portly
 1963 Gone Are the Days!
Gitlow Judson
 1963 Car 54, Where Are You? (TV Series)
- The Curse of the Snitkins (1963) ... Webster
 1962 The United States Steel Hour (TV Series)
- Male Call (1962) ... Corporal
 1960-1962 Naked City (TV Series)
Detective Carlisle / Garage Attendant / George
- Today the Man Who Kills Ants Is Coming (1962) ... Detective Carlisle
- A Hole in the City (1961) ... Garage Attendant
- A Death of Princes (1960) ... George (as Godfrey M. Cambridge)
 1961 The Defenders (TV Series)
- The Riot (1961) ... Guard (uncredited)
 1961 Splendor in the Grass
Chauffeur (uncredited)
 1959 The Last Angry Man
Nobody Home (uncredited)
 1957 The Phil Silvers Show (TV Series)
Pvt. Tow / Private Tow
- Bilko F.O.B. Detroit (1957) ... Pvt. Tow (uncredited)
- Bilko's Boys Town (1957) ... Private Tow (uncredited)
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Other Works:

Album: "Live at the Aladdin, Las Vegas". See more »

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Alternate Names:

Godfrey & Audrey | Godfrey M. Cambridge


Audriano Meyers  (his death)  (2 children) | See more »

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Personal Quote:

[on why he left The Partners (1971)] On the set, Don Adams turns into Captain Queeg. He doesn't have those steel balls, but he drove me crazy. Now he's saying, 'The chemistry wasn't right.' Don is so uptight. Finally you have to say to him, 'Hey, man, the price ain't right. I'm willing to get off. I still have the original lining of my stomach. You can't buy a stomach for $25,000. I'll get out ... See more »


Was nominated for Broadway's 1962 Tony Award for Best Supporting or Featured Actor (Dramatic) for "Purlie Victorious," a role he recreated in the film version titled Gone Are the Days! (1963). See more »

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