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Avon Long (1910–1984)

Avon Long was a featured singer and dancer in the Cotton Club in New York in 1934. Lena Horne credits him with bringing her out of the chorus line to a featured spot. In the 1940's, he won critical acclaim as "Sportin' Life" in the Broadway production of "Porgy and Bess". He also appeared in featured roles on Broadway in "Bubbling Brown Sugar" See full bio »

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The Sting Benny Garfield
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 1984 Nothing Lasts Forever
Alphacruiser Steward
 1983 Trading Places
 1980 F.D.R.: The Last Year (TV Movie)
 1979 Roots: The Next Generations (TV Mini Series)
Chicken George Moore
- Part I (1882-1883) (1979) ... Chicken George Moore
 1978 Bye Bye Monkey
 1974 Harry and Tonto
 1973 The Sting
Benny Garfield
 1972 Don't Play Us Cheap
Brother Dave
 1968 Finian's Rainbow
Passion Pilgrim Gospeleer (uncredited)
 1962 13 West Street
Police detective sitting at desk (uncredited)
 1959 The Big Story (TV Series)
- With Intent to Kill (1959) ... Davie
 1959 The Green Pastures (TV Movie)
First Gambler
 1957 The Green Pastures (TV Movie)
First Gambler
 1956 The Rack
Hotel Room Service Waiter (uncredited)
 1948 Romance on the High Seas
Specialty Singer
 1946 Centennial Summer
 1935 Cab Calloway's Jitterbug Party (Short)
Cotton Club Dancer (uncredited)
Show Show Soundtrack (5 credits)
Show Show Self (8 credits)

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Long and Lena Horne are at MGM filming the Gershwins & Gus Kahn song "Liza" for the film "Ziegfeld Follies." The pre-recording was made April 17, 1944. The number, which featured Long singing to Horne (including a group eight female dancers on a set by Oliver Smith made from sculpted paper painted white), was rehearsed for five... See more »

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Gretchen Cotton  (his death)  (3 children)

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Was nominated for Broadway's 1973 Tony Award as Best Supporting or Featured Actor (Musical) for "Don't Play Us Cheap."

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