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Williams, Spencer, Jr. (1893–1969)

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WILLIAMS, SPENCER, JR. (1893–1969). Actor, writer, producer, director. He was born in Vidalia, Louisiana, and moved to New York City at the age of 23, where he studied acting and comedy with vaudeville star Bert Williams. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II but returned to show business and worked behind the scenes after the war. He assisted in the installation of sound systems for making sound movies and later co-wrote several black-cast comedy films with Octavus Cohen while working for producer Christie Williams. He began acting and writing his own scripts and landed his first film role in Tenderfeet , 1928. He was a natural on the screen and many more roles followed, including the black Westerns Harlem Rides the Range and The Bronze Buckaroo . During the 1940s, Williams developed an association with Sack Amusement Company of Dallas, Texas, to write and direct his own screenplays. He made nine films in seven years, including The Blood of Jesus , 1941; Go Down Death , 1944; Beale Street Mama , 1946; and Juke Joint , 1947. When CBS visualized bringing the popular radio series Amos ‘n’ Andy to television in the 1950s, they cast Williams in the title role of Andy Brown.

Filmography: Harlem Rides the Range , 1939; Bronze Buckaroo , 1939; Son of Ingagi , 1940; Go Down Death , 1941; Blood of Jesus , 1941; Beale Street Mama , 1946; Dirty Gertie from Harlem U.S.A. , 1946; Juke Joint , 1947.

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