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Mantan Moreland (1902–1973)

Although his brand of humor has been reviled for decades, black character actor Mantan Moreland parlayed his cocky but jittery character into a recognizable presence in the late 1930s and early 1940s, appearing in a long string of comedy thrillers . . . and was considered quite funny at the time! Born just after the turn of the century in Louisiana... See full bio »

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Known For

The Scarlet Clue Birmingham Brown
Dark Alibi Birmingham Brown
The Shanghai Cobra Birmingham Brown


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 1973 The Young Nurses
Old Man (as Man Tan Moreland)
 1972 The Biscuit Eater
 1971 Marriage: Year One (TV Movie)
 1970 Adam-12 (TV Series)
Philip Richards
- Log 135: Arson (1970) ... Philip Richards
 1969-1970 Love, American Style (TV Series)
Stranger (segment "Love and the Fur Coat") / Roscoe (segment "Love and the Hustler")
- Love and the Fur Coat/Love and the Trip (1970) ... Stranger (segment "Love and the Fur Coat")
- Love and a Couple of Couples/Love and the Hustler/Love and the Pill (1969) ... Roscoe (segment "Love and the Hustler")
 1970 Watermelon Man
 1970 The Bill Cosby Show (TV Series)
Uncle Dewey
- Lover's Quarrel (1970) ... Uncle Dewey
 1969 The Comic
Passerby at Billy's Funeral (uncredited)
 1969 Julia (TV Series)
Harry James
- The Undergraduate (1969) ... Harry James
 1967 Enter Laughing
Subway Rider
 1966 Alvarez Kelly
Bartender (uncredited)
 1964 The Patsy
Barbershop Porter (uncredited)
 1959 The Green Pastures (TV Movie)
 1957 The Green Pastures (TV Movie)
 1949 The Sky Dragon
Birmingham Brown
 1948 The Dreamer (Short)
 1948 The Feathered Serpent
Birmingham Brown
 1948 The Golden Eye
Birmingham Brown
 1948 Shanghai Chest
Birmingham Brown
 1948 Best Man Wins
Ice Cream Vendor (uncredited)
 1948 Docks of New Orleans
Birmingham Brown
 1948 What a Guy
 1947 Ebony Parade
 1947 The Chinese Ring
Birmingham Brown
 1946 Mantan Messes Up
 1946 Tall, Tan, and Terrific (Short)
Mantan Moreland
 1946 The Trap
Birmingham Brown
 1946 Shadows Over Chinatown
Birmingham Brown
 1946 Dark Alibi
Birmingham Brown
 1946 Riverboat Rhythm
Mantan (as Carter & Moreland)
 1945 The Spider
 1945 She Wouldn't Say Yes
Porter (uncredited)
 1945 Captain Tugboat Annie
 1945 The Shanghai Cobra
Birmingham Brown
 1945 The Scarlet Clue
Birmingham Brown
 1945 The Jade Mask
Birmingham Brown
 1944 Bowery to Broadway
 1944 Mystery of the River Boat
 1944 Black Magic
Birmingham Brown
 1944 South of Dixie
The Porter
 1944 Charlie Chan in The Chinese Cat
Birmingham Brown
 1944 This Is the Life
Porter (uncredited)
 1944 Pin Up Girl
Red Cap #2 (uncredited)
 1944 Moon Over Las Vegas
 1944 See Here, Private Hargrove
Porter on Train (uncredited)
 1944 Charlie Chan in the Secret Service
Birmingham Brown
 1944 Chip Off the Old Block
 1943 She's for Me
 1943 Swing Fever
Woody, Nick's Valet (uncredited)
 1943 My Kingdom for a Cook
Train Porter (uncredited)
 1943 You're a Lucky Fellow, Mr. Smith
Train Porter
 1943 Hi Ya, Sailor
 1943 Melody Parade
 1943 We've Never Been Licked
 1943 Hit the Ice
Porter with Snowshoes (uncredited)
 1943 Sarong Girl
 1943 He Hired the Boss
Shoeshine Man (uncredited)
 1943 Slightly Dangerous
Waiter at Swade's (uncredited)
 1943 Cabin in the Sky
First Idea Man
 1943 Cosmo Jones in the Crime Smasher
Eustace Smith
 1943 It Comes Up Love
Janitor (uncredited)
 1942 Andy Hardy's Double Life
Prentiss the Benedict Butler (uncredited)
 1942 Eyes in the Night
 1942 Girl Trouble
 1942 Phantom Killer
Nicodemus (as Manton Moreland)
 1942 The Palm Beach Story
Diner Waiter (uncredited)
 1942 A-Haunting We Will Go
Porter (uncredited)
 1942 Footlight Serenade
Amos. Tommy's Dresser (as Manton Moreland)
 1942 Tarzan's New York Adventure
Sam, the Nightclub Janitor (uncredited)
 1942 The Strange Case of Doctor Rx
Horatio B.Fitz Washington
 1942 Professor Creeps
 1942 Lady Luck
 1942 Law of the Jungle
Jefferson 'Jeff' Jones
 1942 Four Jacks and a Jill
Cicero - Wash Room Attendant (uncredited)
 1942 Treat 'Em Rough
 1942 Freckles Comes Home
Jeff - the Hotel Porter
 1941 Up Jumped the Devil
 1941 Marry the Boss's Daughter
Cook (uncredited)
 1941 Birth of the Blues
Black Trumpet Player (uncredited)
 1941 It Started with Eve
Railway Porter (uncredited)
 1941 Let's Go Collegiate
 1941 World Premiere
Train Porter (uncredited)
 1941 Dressed to Kill
Rusty (as Manton Moreland)
 1941 Cracked Nuts
 1941 Accent on Love
Prisoner in Courtroom (uncredited)
 1941 Hello, Sucker
Elevator Boy
 1941 The Gang's All Here
Jefferson 'Jeff' Smith
 1941 Bachelor Daddy
Club Janitor (uncredited)
 1941 King of the Zombies
 1941 Mr. Washington Goes to Town
Schenectady Jones
 1941 Sign of the Wolf
 1941 Footlight Fever
Willie Hamsure - Elevator Operator (uncredited)
 1941 Sleepers West
Porter (uncredited)
 1941 You're Out of Luck
Jeff Jefferson
 1940 Four Shall Die
Beefus - Touissant's Chauffeur
 1940 Drums of the Desert
Sgt. 'Blue' Williams
 1940 While Thousands Cheer
 1940 Up in the Air
 1940 Laughing at Danger
 1940 Pier 13
Sam - Elevator Operator (uncredited)
 1940 Maryland (uncredited)
 1940 On the Spot
Jefferson White
 1940 Girl in 313
 1940 Star Dust
George, Dining Car Steward (uncredited)
 1940 Viva Cisco Kid
Memphis - The Cook (uncredited)
 1940 Millionaire Playboy
 1940 Chasing Trouble
Thomas H. Jefferson
 1940 City of Chance
Anxious Man (uncredited)
 1940 The Man Who Wouldn't Talk
Robbins (uncredited)
 1939 One Dark Night
Samson Brown
 1939 Irish Luck
 1939 Riders of the Frontier
Chappie (Cookie in credits) (as Manten Moreland)
 1939 Tell No Tales
Sport Black at the Wake (uncredited)
 1938 Gang Smashers
 1938 There's That Woman Again
Porter (uncredited)
 1938 Next Time I Marry
 1938 Frontier Scout
Norris Family Butler
 1938 Two-Gun Man from Harlem
Bill Blake
 1938 Spirit of Youth
Creighton 'Crickie' Fitzgibbons
 1937 Harlem on the Prairie
 1936 The Green Pastures
Angel Removing Hat (uncredited)
 1933 That's the Spirit (Short)
Night Watchman (as Moreland)
Show Show Soundtrack (3 credits)
Show Show Self (6 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (10 credits)

Personal Details

Other Works:

Spider Baby with Lon Chaney Jr. See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Print Biography | 3 Articles | See more »

Alternate Names:

Carter & Moreland | Man Tan Moreland | Manten Moreland | Manton Moreland | Moreland

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After the death of Shemp Howard, Moreland was briefly considered as a replacement in The Three Stooges, but that idea was discarded when Columbia Pictures insisted that one of their own stock players be used instead. See more »

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