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Mantan Moreland

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Biography

Monroe, Louisiana, USA
Although his brand of humor has been reviled for decades, black character actor Mantan Moreland parlayed his cocky but jittery character into a recognizable presence in the late 1930s and early 1940s, appearing in a long string of comedy thrillers . . . and was considered quite funny at the time!

Born just after the turn of the century in Louisiana, Mantan began running away from home at age 12 to join circuses and medicine shows, only to be brought back time and again. Read more...

Actor

Character: Tilby

Next Time I Marry 1938

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Character: George, Dining Car Steward

Star Dust 1940

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Character: Black Trumpet Player

Birth of the Blues 1941

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Character: Willie Hamsure - Elevator Operator

Footlight Fever 1941

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Character: Sam, the Nightclub Janitor

Tarzan's New York Adventure 1942

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Character: First Idea Man

Cabin in the Sky 1943

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Character: Porter with Snowshoes

Hit the Ice 1943

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Character: Waiter at Swade's

Slightly Dangerous 1943

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Character: Woody, Nick's Valet

Swing Fever 1943

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Character: Red Cap #2

Pin Up Girl 1944

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Character: Himself

Rock 'n' Roll Revue 1955

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Character: Himself

Basin Street Revue 1956

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Character: Uncle Dewey

The Bill Cosby Show 1969

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Character: Birmingham Brown / Himself

Mo' Funny: Black Comedy in America 1993

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