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Bert Williams (I) (1874–1922)


One of the first black superstars of popular entertainment, Egbert Austin Williams, although born in the Bahamas, was raised largely in California. Nursing show business aspirations early on, he teamed with boyhood friend George Walker to form a highly successful vaudeville act, which continued until the ravages of syphilis brought about Walker's ... See full bio »
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Known For

A Natural Born Gambler The Hon. Bert Williams, Walking Delegate
(1916)
Fish Actor
(1916)
I Love a Bandleader Soundtrack
(1945)

Filmography

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 1976 The Muppet Show (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Sandy Duncan (1976) ... (writer: "Nobody")
 1955 The Seven Little Foys (lyrics: "Nobody" - uncredited) / (music: "Nobody" - uncredited)
 1945 I Love a Bandleader (music: "The Darktown Poker Club")
 1931 Big Business Girl (music: "Constantly" - uncredited)
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Other Works:

Abyssinia (1906). Musical comedy. Music by Will Marion Cook and Bert Williams. Book by Jesse A. Shipp and Alexander Rogers. Lyrics by Jesse A. Shipp and Alexander Rogers. Additional lyrics by Earle C. Jones. Additional music by James J. Vaughn. Musical Director: James J. Vaughn. Director of vocal music: William C. Elkins. ... See more »

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4 Print Biographies | 1 Portrayal | 3 Articles | See more »
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Personal Quote:

[To Eddie Cantor, on the racist treatment he received] "You know, it wouldn't be so bad, Eddie, if I didn't hear that applause still ringing in my ears." See more »

Trivia:

In 1915 the American Muroscope and Biograph Company in an unprecedented move gave Bert Williams the authority to produce, write, direct, and star in two Biograph films, A Natural Born Gambler (1916), and Fish (1916), making him the first Black-American to have full control and produce his own films for a general audience. No other film company at that time had done such a thing. See more »

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Although he was black, he performed in traditional blackface makeup See more »

Star Sign:

Scorpio

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