James Edwards (I) (1918–1970)


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Pioneering actor who was among Hollywood's first - years ahead of Sidney Poitier - to crush the Stepin Fetchit stereotype of black males as shiftless illiterates. Although in some pictures Edwards would portray subservient characters (e.g. "General" George C. Scott's valet in Patton (1970)), he delivered true dignity in his performances. He is ... See full bio »

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Known For

The Killing Track Parking Attendant
(1956)
The Manchurian Candidate Corporal Allen Melvin
(1962)
Patton Sergeant William George Meeks
(1970)
The Steel Helmet Cpl. Thompson
(1951)

Filmography

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 1978 Legend of the Northwest
Jim Ryder
 1972 Doomsday Voyage
Coast Guard Officer
 1970 Patton
Sergeant William George Meeks
 1969 Anatomy of a Crime (TV Movie)
Lt Wager
 1969 Mannix (TV Series)
Jerry
- The Sound of Darkness (1969) ... Jerry
 1969 NBC Experiment in Television (TV Series)
Wesley
- Color Me German (1969) ... Wesley (as Jim Edwards)
 1968 The Outsider (TV Series)
Lt. Wagner / Lieutenant Wagner
- Tell It Like It Is... and You're Dead (1968) ... Lt. Wagner
- I Can't Hear You Scream (1968) ... Lieutenant Wagner
 1968 The Virginian (TV Series)
Ben Harper
- The Mustangers (1968) ... Ben Harper
 1968 The Outcasts (TV Series)
Taggert
- My Name Is Jemal (1968) ... Taggert
 1968 Coogan's Bluff
Sgt. Jackson
 1968 The Young Runaways
Sgt. Joe Collyer
 1968 Cowboy in Africa (TV Series)
Shendi Suakin
- A Man of Value (1968) ... Shendi Suakin
 1966 Burke's Law (TV Series)
Norton
- Terror in a Tiny Town (1966) ... Norton
- Terror in a Tiny Town: Part 1 (1966) ... Norton
 1965 Dr. Kildare (TV Series)
Dr. Lench
- Hour of Decision (1965) ... Dr. Lench
- Wives and Losers (1965) ... Dr. Lench
- The Life Machine (1965) ... Dr. Lench
 1965 The Sandpiper
Larry Brant
 1965 Profiles in Courage (TV Series)
Ruggles
- Frederick Douglass (1965) ... Ruggles
 1964 Death Valley Days (TV Series)
Scipio Gaines
- The Other White Man (1964) ... Scipio Gaines
 1964 The DuPont Show of the Week (TV Series)
Vaughn
- Ambassador at Large (1964) ... Vaughn
 1964 The Doctors and the Nurses (TV Series)
Mr. Hudson
- The Roamer (1964) ... Mr. Hudson
 1964 The Eleventh Hour (TV Series)
Ettinger
- Who Chopped Down the Cherry Tree? (1964) ... Ettinger
 1963 East Side/West Side (TV Series)
Mr. Jackson
- Where's Harry (1963) ... Mr. Jackson
 1963 The Fugitive (TV Series)
Joe Smith
- Decision in the Ring (1963) ... Joe Smith
 1963 Going My Way (TV Series)
Sgt. Fred Wilson
- Run, Robin, Run (1963) ... Sgt. Fred Wilson
 1963 The Joey Bishop Show (TV Series)
Willy - Guard #1
- Double Time (1963) ... Willy - Guard #1
 1962 The Manchurian Candidate
Corporal Allen Melvin
 1962 The Lloyd Bridges Show (TV Series)
Byron
- Testing Ground (1962) ... Byron
 1960 Peter Gunn (TV Series)
Arnie Kelton
- Sing a Song of Murder (1960) ... Arnie Kelton
 1959 Blood and Steel
George
 1959 Zane Grey Theatre (TV Series)
Sgt. Morgan
- Mission (1959) ... Sgt. Morgan
 1959 Pork Chop Hill
Cpl. Jurgens
 1959 Night of the Quarter Moon
Asa Tully
 1958 Anna Lucasta
Eddie
 1958 Fräulein
Cpl. S. Hanks
 1958 Climax! (TV Series)
James Sullivan
- The Volcano Seat (1958) ... James Sullivan (uncredited)
 1957 Playhouse 90 (TV Series)
 1957 The Adventures of McGraw (TV Series)
 1957 Battle Hymn
Lt. Maples
 1957 Men in War
Sgt. Killian
 1956 The Killing
Track Parking Attendant
 1955-1956 Alfred Hitchcock Presents (TV Series)
Ed / Convict
- The Big Switch (1956) ... Ed
- Breakdown (1955) ... Convict
 1955 Cavalcade of America (TV Series)
Ralph Bunche
- Toward Tomorrow (1955) ... Ralph Bunche
 1955 Navy Log (TV Series)
Ens. Jesse Brown
- Hiya Pam (1955) ... Ens. Jesse Brown
 1955 The Phenix City Story
Zeke Ward
 1955 TV Reader's Digest (TV Series)
 1955 Seven Angry Men
Ned Green
 1955 The Star and the Story (TV Series)
Porter
- Safe Journey (1955) ... Porter
 1955 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
Sgt. Davis
- D.P. (1955) ... Sgt. Davis
 1955 African Manhunt
Native Guide
 1954 Fireside Theatre (TV Series)
 1954 The Caine Mutiny
Whittaker (uncredited)
 1954 The Loretta Young Show (TV Series)
Champ
- The Count of Ten (1954) ... Champ (as Jimmy Edwards)
 1953 Ramar of the Jungle (TV Series)
Matuwa / Chief Mucumba
- Blind Peril (1953) ... Matuwa
- Call to Danger (1953) ... Matuwa
- Savage Challenge (1953) ... Chief Mucumba
 1953 The Joe Louis Story
'Chappie' Blackburn
 1952 The Member of the Wedding
Honey Camden Brown
 1951 Bright Victory
Joe Morgan
 1951 The Steel Helmet
Cpl. Thompson
 1949 Manhandled
Henry, Bennet's Butler (uncredited)
 1949 Home of the Brave
Pvt. Peter Moss
 1949 The Set-Up
Luther Hawkins
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Personal Details

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1 Print Biography | 2 Articles | See more »

Alternate Names:

Jimmy Edwards | Jim Edwards

Height:

6' 1" (1.85 m)

Spouse:

Everdinne Wilson  (his death)  (1 child)
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Trivia:

Father James Valley Edwards was a laborer and religion instructor. Mother Annie Mae Johnson was a Baptist minister. See more »

Nickname:

Jimmy

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