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Spencer Williams (VI) (1893–1969)

American actor, writer, director, and producer whose early pioneering work in African-American or "race" films was eclipsed in fame by his role as one of the title characters in the equally pioneering and also controversial 1950s sitcom The Amos 'n Andy Show (1951). A native of Vidalia, Louisiana, Williams broke into the theatre as a call boy for ... See full bio »

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Juke Joint Bad News Johnson / Vanderbilt Whitney
The Blood of Jesus Razz Jackson
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 1959 Bourbon Street Beat (TV Series)
Big John
- Light Touch of Terror (1959) ... Big John
 1951-1955 The Amos 'n Andy Show (TV Series)
- The Meal Ticket (1955) ... Andy (as Spencer Williams Jr.)
- Story of the Invisible Glass (1955) ... Andy (as Spencer Williams Jr.)
- The Kingfish Becomes a Press Agent (1955) ... Andy (as Spencer Williams Jr.)
- Kingfish Teaches Andy to Fly (1955) ... Andy (as Spencer Williams Jr.)
- The Insurance Policy (1955) ... Andy (as Spencer Williams Jr.)
 1949 Rhapsody of Negro Life (Short)
Spencer Jordan
 1947 Juke Joint
Bad News Johnson / Vanderbilt Whitney
 1946 Beale Street Mama
Bad News Johnson
 1946 The Girl in Room 20
Joe Phillips
 1945 Go Down, Death!
Big Jim Bottoms
 1944 Of One Blood
Wesley Hill
 1941 Toppers Take a Bow (Short)
 1941 The Blood of Jesus
Razz Jackson
 1940 Son of Ingagi
Detective Nelson (as Spencer Williams Jr.)
 1939 Bad Boy
Terry (as Spencer Williams Jr.)
 1939 Harlem Rides the Range
Watson (as Spencer Williams Jr.)
 1939 The Bronze Buckaroo
Pete (as Spencer Williams Jr.)
 1938 Two-Gun Man from Harlem
Butch Carter (as Spencer Williams Jr.)
 1937 Harlem on the Prairie
Doc Clayburn (as Spencer Williams Jr.)
 1935 Coronado
Black Man with Perambulator (uncredited)
 1931 Hot Biskits (Short)
 1931 One of the Smiths (Short)
Porter (uncredited)
 1930 Reno
Porter (uncredited)
 1930 Georgia Rose
 1929 The Widow's Bite (Short)
 1929 Fowl Play (Short)
 1929 Brown Gravy (Short)
 1929 The Lady Fare (Short)
Willie Dimes
 1929 Oft in the Silly Night (Short)
Eli Rubb
 1929 The Framing of the Shrew (Short)
Lawyer Evans Chew
 1929 Music Hath Harms (Short)
Roscoe Griggers
 1929 The Melancholy Dame (Short)
Webster Dill
 1928 Tenderfeet
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Other Works:

Story: "House of Horror". NOTE: Filmed as Son of Ingagi (1940).

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Alternate Names:

Spencer Williams Jr.

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He became known to general audiences for his role as Andy in the television version of The Amos 'n Andy Show (1951). Before this, he had a long career as an actor, writer, director, and producer in motion pictures sometimes referred to as "race films," which were basically intended for and seen only by black audiences.

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