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Leigh Whipper (1876–1975)

Leigh Whipper was an consummate actor who led an impressive life. Born in South Carolina in 1876, at the end of the Reconstruction Era in which his parents had participated, he was educated in Washington, D.C., attending Howard University, before turning permanently to a life in the theater. At a time when work for black actors was limited, ... See full bio »

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Known For

Of Mice and Men
(1939)
Road to Zanzibar
Road to Zanzibar Scarface
(1941)
The Ox-Bow Incident
(1943)
Bahama Passage
Bahama Passage Morales
(1941)

Filmography

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 1958 Peter Gunn (TV Series)
Lodi
- Streetcar Jones (1958) ... Lodi
 1957 The Young Don't Cry
Doosy
 1955 The Shrike
Carlisle
 1951 Martin Kane (TV Series)
Chester - Hotel Desk Clerk / Chester
- Hotel Con Game (1951) ... Chester - Hotel Desk Clerk
- The Fortune Teller (1951) ... Chester
 1949 Lost Boundaries
Janitor
 1947 Untamed Fury
Uncle Gabe
 1946 Undercurrent
George
 1946 Young Widow
Nate (uncredited)
 1945 The Hidden Eye
Alistair
 1945 Jungle Queen
Native (uncredited)
 1944 Dark Waters
Minor Role (unconfirmed)
 1944 The Yellow Rose of Texas
Dock Singer (uncredited)
 1944 Strange Confession
Toba
 1943 Happy Land
Old Ben (uncredited)
 1943 The Ox-Bow Incident
Sparks
 1943 Mission to Moscow
Haile Selassie (uncredited)
 1942 White Cargo
Jim Fish
 1942 The Vanishing Virginian
Uncle Josh
 1942 Lady for a Night
Joe Cupid, the Charm Seller (uncredited)
 1941 Bahama Passage
Morales
 1941 King of the Zombies
Momba
 1941 Road to Zanzibar
Scarface
 1941 Virginia
Ezechial
 1941 Robin Hood of the Pecos
Kezeye
 1939 Of Mice and Men
Crooks
 1920 The Symbol of the Unconquered
Tugi - an Indian Fakir
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Other Works:

Stage: Appeared (as "A Negro Minister") in "White Man" on Broadway. Written by Samson Raphaelson. Directed by Melville Burke. National Theatre: 17 Oct 1936-Oct 1936 (closing date unknown/7 performances). Cast: Adolph Aiken (as "Negroes of Harlem"), Eddie Baer (as "Negroes of Harlem"), George Baxter (as "Richard Arlington"), Sam Byrd (... See more »

Alternate Names:

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Trivia:

Was the first black member of Actors Equity Association. He was also the founder of the Negro Actors Guild. Appeared in 21 plays. See more »

Star Sign:

Scorpio

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