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Percy Verwayen (1895–1968)

Percy Verwayen is another unsung acting talent of stage and screen. In his time, he was considered the best of the Black actors. He never appeared in any Hollywood movies though he graced the Black Cinema screen many times with his exceptional acting and became one of the top leading men. His screen image and talent was in the same fashion of ... See full bio »


(age 73) in New York City, New York, USA

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 1957 The Phil Silvers Show (TV Series)
The Grandfather
- Cherokee Ernie (1957) ... The Grandfather
 1947 Sepia Cinderella
 1946 Fight That Ghost
Moneybags Jim (as Percy Verwayne)
 1940 Sunday Sinners
Teck Adams
 1939 Paradise in Harlem
Spanish (as Percy Verwayne)
 1939 Straight to Heaven
'Lucky' John Simon
 1930 A Daughter of the Congo
Pidgy Muffy
 1922 Easy Money
 1921/I The Simp
 1921 Secret Sorrow

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Stage Play: Black Boy. Comedy/drama. Written by Jim Tully and Frank Mitchell Dazey. Directed by David Burton. Comedy Theatre: 6 Oct 1926- Nov 1926 (closing date unknown/37 performances). Cast: Robert Collyer (as "Squint"), James Ford (as "Eddie"), Edward Gargan (as "Whitey") [Broadway debut], Charles Henderson (as "Mauler"), Fuller Mellish... See more »

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Percy Verwayne

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Originated the role of Sporting Life in the play 'Porgy,' written by Dorothy Heyward and DuBose Heyward, when it premiered on Broadway in 1927 under the direction of Rouben Mamoulian. He returned to the role in a 1929 revival, also directed by Mamoulian.

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