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Godfrey Cambridge (1933–1976)


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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Known For

Cotton Comes to Harlem
Cotton Comes to Harlem Grave Digger Jones
(1970)
The President's Analyst
(1967)
Come Back Charleston Blue
Come Back Charleston Blue Gravedigger Jones
(1972)
ABC Stage 67
ABC Stage 67 Husband
(1967)

Filmography

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 1977 Scott Joplin (TV Movie)
Tom Turpin
 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
Dusty
 1975 Ceremonies in Dark Old Men (TV Movie)
Mr. Jenkins
 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 / Plumber / Preston Goodfellow / ...
- San Fernando Red and the Football Star (1970) ... Joe Broadway
- The Spy with the Leaky Mouth (1967) ... Preston Goodfellow
- Much Ado About Nagging (1966) ... Laugh a Minute Louie
 1970 Cotton Comes to Harlem
Grave Digger Jones
 1970 Watermelon Man
Jeff Gerber
 1970 The Bob Goulet Show (TV Movie)
Cameo
 1969 The Joe Namath Show (TV Series)
- Episode #1.12 (1969)
 1968 Bye Bye Braverman
Taxi Driver
 1968 The Biggest Bundle of Them All
Benjamin '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 ABC Stage 67 (TV Series)
Husband
 1967 The Busy Body
Mike
 1966 Daktari (TV Series)
Mills
- 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)
Cetshyayo
- 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)
Portly
- Who Do You Kill? (1963) ... Portly
 1963 Gone Are the Days!
Gitlow Judson
 1963 Car 54, Where Are You? (TV Series)
Webster
- The Curse of the Snitkins (1963) ... Webster
 1962 The United States Steel Hour (TV Series)
- Male Call (1962)
 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 Splendor in the Grass
Chauffeur (uncredited)
 1961 The Defenders (TV Series)
Guard
- The Riot (1961) ... Guard (uncredited)
 1959 The Last Angry Man
Nobody Home (uncredited)
 1957 The Phil Silvers Show (TV Series)
Private Tow
- Bilko's Boys Town (1957) ... Private Tow (uncredited)
- His Highness Doberman (1957) ... Private Tow (uncredited)
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Unsold pilot: Co-starred with Phil Silvers in a sitcom pilot called "The Help", aka "At Your Service". It was produced by Sherwood Schwartz. See more »

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Alternate Names:

Godfrey & Audrey | Godfrey M. Cambridge
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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 »

Trivia:

Biography in: "Who's Who in Comedy" by Ronald L. Smith. Pg. 86-87. New York: Facts on File, 1992. ISBN 0816023387 See more »

Star Sign:

Pisces

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