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Jester Hairston (Jester Joseph Hairston)

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Biography

Belews Creek, North Carolina, USA
Composer, songwriter, conductor, singer and actor, educated at Tufts University, Juilliard, and the University of the Pacific (hon. Mus. D.). He acted on radio and television besides on film, and played Leroy on the "Amos 'n Andy" radio series for fifteen years. He directed the Federal Theatre Project, and was assistant conductor of the 'Hall Johnson Choir' in New York for fifteen years and trained choirs for radio and Broadway musicals. Coming to Hollywood in 1936, he sang and appeared with the Hall Johnson Choir in the film The Green Pastures (1936). Read more...

Actor

Character: Charlie - Church Projectionist

Sullivan's Travels 1941

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Character: Lead Christmas Caroler

We're Not Married! 1952

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Character: Mourner, Pre-Credit Sequence

Pete Kelly's Blues 1955

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Character: Spence Robinson - Tom's Father

To Kill a Mockingbird 1962

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Character: Lester's Friend

Being John Malkovich 1999

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Character: Jefferson Johnson

Harry O 1973

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Character: Waiter in Stahr's Office

The Last Tycoon 1976

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Character: Papa Benjamin

Thriller 1960

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Character: Marvin

Hazel 1961

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