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Willie Best

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Biography

Sunflower, Mississippi, USA
One of the hard-working, unappreciated African-American actors of Hollywood's "Golden Era" who produced good work with what he was given. He starred alongside some of film's great comedians including the Marx Brothers, Bob Hope, Laurel and Hardy and three films with Shirley Temple. In addition to being a talented comedian and character actor, Best was also a musician/song writer. After a drug arrest ended his film career, he worked in television for a while before retiring to obscurity. He passed away at the Motion Picture Country Home and is buried in North Hollywood, California. Read more...

Actor

Character: George - the Elevator Operator

Ladies of Leisure 1930

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Character: Dizzy Memphis

Little Miss Marker 1934

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Character: Algernon, Simon's Butler

The Saint Strikes Back 1939

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Character: Art, the Elevator Operator

Slightly Honorable 1939

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Character: Apollo Johnson

Nancy Drew... Trouble Shooter 1939

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Character: Bub Wellington

Highway West 1941

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Character: Jo-Mo

Juke Girl 1942

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Character: Second Idea Man

Cabin in the Sky 1943

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Character: Soldier in 'Ice Cold Katy' Number

Thank Your Lucky Stars 1943

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Character: Men's Room Attendant

The Powers Girl 1943

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Character: Mo' Rum

Home in Indiana 1944

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Character: Chattanooga Brown

The Red Dragon 1945

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Character: Billy Slocum

Waterfront 1954

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