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Eddie Anderson

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Eddie Anderson Born: 09/18/1905
Birth Place: Oakland, California, USA
Death Place: Woodland Hills, California, USA
Died: 02/28/1977

This gravel-voiced African-American comic player from the vaudeville stage and nightclub revues is best remembered as Jack Benny's worried valet and straight man, 'Rochester' for 28 years on Benny's radio and later TV show (1950-65). Although he entered films in the late 1920s usually playing stereotyped servants, and appeared as Noah in "Green Pastures" (1936) and Uncle Peter in "Gone With the Wind" (1939), the rolling-eyed Anderson had his most notable film performance as the lead opposite Ethel Waters in Vincente Minnelli's all-black musical "Cabin in the Sky" (1943).


Popular Television:
1970 Jack Benny's 20th Anniversary TV Special
1970 Harlem Globetrotters
1962 Last of the Private Eyes
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