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Overview (4)

Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Died in Lynwood, California, USA  (cancer)
Birth NameFrederick Ernest Morrison
Nicknames Sunshine Sammy
L'Afrique

Mini Bio (1)

"Sunshine Sammy" Morrison was most famous as one of the Dead End Kids/East Side Kids, but he was probably the most experienced actor of that group. Morrison made his film debut while still an infant; his father worked for a wealthy Los Angeles family that had connections in the film industry, and one day a producer who was an acquaintance of his father's needed a baby for a scene and asked him to bring Sammy as a replacement for a child who wasn't working out. Morrison pulled off the job like a trouper, and his career was born. He appeared in films with such comedians as Harold Lloyd and, in fact, was paired with ''Snub' Pollard' in a series of one-reel comedies in 1920. Producer Hal Roach gave Morrison his own comedy series in 1921, but only one was made. He was eventually cast by Roach as one of the original Our Gang kids. He left the series in 1924 for a turn in vaudeville, where he spent the next 16 years. When the East Side Kids films were being cast, producer Sam Katzman remembered Morrison from the days when Katzman was a theatrical producer and Morrison had worked for him, and hired him as a member of the gang. Morrison left the series when he was drafted into the army during World War II, and after he got out he was offered his old job back, but declined it. After a few more film roles, Morrison left show business entirely, took a job in an aircraft assembly plant and spent the next 30 years in the aircraft industry.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: frankfob2@yahoo.com

Trivia (6)

The first black child movie star.
One of the original "Our Gang" child actors.
Also in "Dead End Kids" and East Side Kids (1940).
Led the standing ovation for his discoverer, former boss and old friend, pioneer film producer Hal Roach, when the latter received a Lifetime Achievement Oscar at the 1984 Academy Awards.

Personal Quotes (1)

I was the first black movie personality to be featured in fan magazines and the first black to be a millionaire because of the movies. My family is close and very loving with each other. I have good health and I drive a Continental Mark IV. I fall asleep every night of my life counting my many, many blessings.

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