Sam McDaniel (1886–1962)

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Sam McDaniel was born on January 28, 1886 in Wichita, Kansas, USA as Samuel Rufus McDaniel. He was an actor, known for The Great Lie (1941), I Was Framed (1942) and All Through the Night (1942). He died on September 24, 1962 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA. See full bio »

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Known For

The Great Lie Jefferson
I Was Framed Kit Carson


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 1960 The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Servant (uncredited)
 1960 Ice Palace
Porter (uncredited)
 1959 A Hole in the Head
Andy - Handyman (uncredited)
 1958 Party Girl
Jesse (uncredited)
 1958 St. Louis Blues
Drunk (uncredited)
 1958 Wagon Train (TV Series)
- The Marie Dupree Story (1958) ... Skipio
 1957 Johnny Trouble
Doorman (uncredited)
 1957 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series)
- Dark Hammock (1957) ... Goldie
 1957 The Adventures of Jim Bowie (TV Series)
President Jackson's Butler
- Jackson's Assassination (1957) ... President Jackson's Butler
 1956 The Magical World of Disney (TV Series)
- A Tribute to Joel Chandler Harris (1956) ... Herbert
 1955 Good Morning, Miss Dove
Townsman Outside Hospital (uncredited)
 1955 I Love Lucy (TV Series)
Sam the Porter
- The Great Train Robbery (1955) ... Sam the Porter
 1955 A Man Called Peter
Henry - Waiter (uncredited)
 1954 Carmen Jones
Waiter (uncredited)
 1954 December Bride (TV Series)
Porter at train station
- Lily Ruskin Arrives (1954) ... Porter at train station
 1954 The Gambler from Natchez
Sam (uncredited)
 1953 A Lion Is in the Streets
Moses, Butler to Bolduc (uncredited)
 1953 Affair with a Stranger
Theatre Usher (uncredited)
 1953 Sangaree
Nancy's Coachman (uncredited)
 1953 The President's Lady
Henry (uncredited)
 1953 The Ford Television Theatre (TV Series)
 1952 Something for the Birds
Party Waiter (uncredited)
 1952 Gobs and Gals
Dining Room Porter (uncredited)
 1952 Racket Squad (TV Series)
- Fair Exchange (1952)
 1951 Too Many Wives (Short)
 1951 The Amos 'n Andy Show (TV Series)
Party Guest / Reverend Carter / Mr. Cunningham / ...
- Quo Vadis (1951) ... Party Guest (uncredited)
- Getting Mama Married: Part 1 (1951) ... Reverend Carter (uncredited)
- Call Lehigh 4-9900 (1951) ... Mr. Cunningham (uncredited)
- Kingfish's Secretary (1951) ... Customer (uncredited)
 1950 Blues Busters
Dimitri - Doorman (uncredited)
 1950 Girls' School
Willie Jackson
 1949 Always Leave Them Laughing
Porter (uncredited)
 1949 The File on Thelma Jordon
Porter (uncredited)
 1949 Flamingo Road
 1949 Ma and Pa Kettle
Dining Car Waiter (uncredited)
 1948 Heavenly Daze (Short)
 1948 The Golden Eye
Undetermined Secondary Role (scenes deleted)
 1948 The Babe Ruth Story
Locker Room Janitor (uncredited)
 1948 Race Street
Garage Attendant (uncredited)
 1948 Give My Regards to Broadway
Porter (uncredited)
 1948 Heart of Virginia
'Sunflower' Jones
 1947 The Foxes of Harrow
Josh (uncredited)
 1947 The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
Doorman (uncredited)
 1947 I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now
Waiter (uncredited)
 1947 Living in a Big Way
Porter (uncredited)
 1947 Seven Keys to Baldpate
Train Porter (uncredited)
 1947 High Barbaree
Bertram (uncredited)
 1947/I The Egg and I
Waiter on Train (uncredited)
 1946 Never Say Goodbye
Porter (uncredited)
 1946 Gentleman Joe Palooka
Smoky - Second
 1946 Crack-Up
The Porter (uncredited)
 1946 Centennial Summer
Redcap (uncredited)
 1946 Joe Palooka, Champ
 1946 Do You Love Me
Bartender in Special Club Car (uncredited)
 1946 Without Reservations
Freddy (uncredited)
 1946 My Reputation
Jonathan - Van Ormans' Butler (uncredited)
 1946 One Way to Love
Porter (uncredited)
 1945 She Wouldn't Say Yes
Train Steward (uncredited)
 1945 Lady on a Train
Train Porter (uncredited)
 1945 The Naughty Nineties
Matt - Cook-Waiter (uncredited)
 1945 Dillinger
Train Porter (uncredited)
 1945 A Guy, a Gal and a Pal
Porter (uncredited)
 1944 Experiment Perilous
Porter (uncredited)
 1944 Music for Millions
George - Pullman Porter (uncredited)
 1944 The Very Thought of You
Train Porter (uncredited)
 1944 Tall in the Saddle
Servant (uncredited)
 1944 Sweet and Low-Down
George - Janitor (uncredited)
 1944 Marriage Is a Private Affair
Train Porter (uncredited)
 1944 When Strangers Marry
Train Porter (uncredited)
 1944 Three Little Sisters
Benjy (as Sam 'Deacon' McDaniel)
 1944 Home in Indiana
First Swipe (uncredited)
 1944 Double Indemnity
Charlie - Garage Attendant (uncredited)
 1944 3 Men in White
Black Phone Operator (uncredited)
 1944 Andy Hardy's Blonde Trouble
Pullman Porter (uncredited)
 1944 The Adventures of Mark Twain
Comet-Watcher (uncredited)
 1944 Important Business (Short)
Porter on Train (uncredited)
 1943 Gangway for Tomorrow
Hank (as Sam McDaniels)
 1943 The Iron Major
Pete - Train Porter (uncredited)
 1943 Son of Dracula
Andy, Servant Who Greets Dracula (uncredited)
 1943 The Ghost and the Guest
Harmony Jones
 1943 After Midnight with Boston Blackie
Train Porter (uncredited)
 1943 Dixie Dugan
Night Porter (uncredited)
 1943 Silent Witness
 1942 Johnny Doughboy
Cook (uncredited)
 1942 The Traitor Within
 1942 Silver Queen
Toby (as Sam McDaniels)
 1942 You Can't Escape Forever
Villa Gloria Doorman (uncredited)
 1942 The Daring Young Man
George (uncredited)
 1942 Men of Texas
Jeff (uncredited)
 1942 Grand Central Murder
Night Watchman (uncredited)
 1942 In This Our Life
Black Man in Jail (uncredited)
 1942 Mokey
Uncle Ben
 1942 I Was Framed
Kit Carson
 1942 Mr. and Mrs. North
Elevator Operator (uncredited)
 1942 All Through the Night
 1941 Louisiana Purchase
 1941 They Died with Their Boots On
Waiter Serving Custer (uncredited)
 1941 Birth of the Blues
Black Clarinet Player (uncredited)
 1941 New York Town
Henry (uncredited)
 1941 You Belong to Me
Pierre (uncredited)
 1941 Kiss the Boys Goodbye
Porter (uncredited)
 1941 Bad Men of Missouri
 1941 Broadway Limited
Bartender (as Sam McDaniels)
 1941 The Great American Broadcast
Railroad Station Porter (uncredited)
 1941 South of Panama
Rodriguez Lincoln 'Rod' Jones
 1941 The Great Lie
 1941 Sleepers West
Porter (uncredited)
 1941 Golden Hoofs
Henry (uncredited)
 1941 Virginia
Servant (uncredited)
 1940 I'm Still Alive
William (uncredited)
 1940 Calling All Husbands
 1940 The Man Who Talked Too Much
William Lovelace Jackson - Porter (uncredited)
 1940 Am I Guilty?
John D. Jones
 1940 Brother Orchid
Janitor Tripping Fire Alarms (uncredited)
 1940 Virginia City
Sam Moore - Kentucky Wagon Driver (uncredited)
 1940 Too Many Husbands
Porter (uncredited)
 1939 Days of Jesse James
Black Janitor (uncredited)
 1939 Pride of the Blue Grass
Domino Jones (as Sam McDaniels)
 1939 Chicken Wagon Family
Sam (uncredited)
 1939 Career
Henry (uncredited)
 1939 The Forgotten Woman
Porter (uncredited)
 1939 Good Girls Go to Paris
Sam - Train Porter (uncredited)
 1939 Sweepstakes Winner
Mose (uncredited)
 1939 Union Pacific
St. Louis Waiter (uncredited)
 1939 Let Us Live
Mose - Hold-Up Witness (uncredited)
 1939 Everybody's Baby
Master of Ceremonies (uncredited)
 1939 They Made Me a Criminal
Splash (uncredited)
 1938 Gambling Ship
 1938 Up the River
Train Porter (uncredited)
 1938 Stablemates
Snowball, the Black Bookie (uncredited)
 1938 Three Loves Has Nancy
Train Waiter (uncredited)
 1938 Four's a Crowd
Jeff (uncredited)
 1938 Walking Down Broadway
Claybourne's Chauffeur (uncredited)
 1938 Jezebel
Driver (uncredited)
 1938 Sergeant Murphy
Henry H. Henry (as Sam McDaniels)
 1937 Gangsters on the Loose
Police Capt. Holmes
 1937 It Happened in Hollywood
Black Porter (uncredited)
 1937 Reported Missing!
Black Man (uncredited)
 1937 The Singing Marine
Black Man (uncredited)
 1937 Born Reckless
Train Porter (uncredited)
 1937 Captains Courageous
'Doc' (as Sam McDaniels)
 1937 Git Along Little Dogies
Sam Brown (uncredited)
 1937 A Family Affair
Whitey - Chauffeur (uncredited)
 1937 Nancy Steele Is Missing!
Convict (uncredited)
 1937 Dark Manhattan
Jack Jackson (as Sam McDaniels)
 1936 Love Letters of a Star
Garage Attendant
 1936 Polo Joe
Harvey the Waiter (uncredited)
 1936 The Gorgeous Hussy
Eaton's Butler (uncredited)
 1936 Sing, Baby, Sing
Train Porter (uncredited)
 1936 36 Hours to Kill
Dining Car Waiter (uncredited)
 1936 Rhythm on the Range
Train Porter (uncredited)
 1936 Poor Little Rich Girl
Rufus Washington Jackson Lee (uncredited)
 1936 Hearts Divided
Zachariah (uncredited)
 1936 Exclusive Story
Man Threatened by Acello (uncredited)
 1936 The Adventures of Frank Merriwell
Jeff [Chs. 2, 10-12]
 1936 Riffraff
Train Porter (uncredited)
 1935 The Calling of Dan Matthews
Sam (uncredited)
 1935 Rendezvous
Porter (uncredited)
 1935 Stormy
Mack's Hostler (uncredited)
 1935 King Solomon of Broadway
Attendant (uncredited)
 1935 The Virginia Judge
Zeke (uncredited)
 1935 We're in the Money
Men's Club Attendant (uncredited)
 1935 Woman Wanted
Oscar - Show Boat Washroom Attendant (uncredited)
 1935 Lady Tubbs
Reckless (uncredited)
 1935 Stranded
Train Porter (uncredited)
 1935 The Unwelcome Stranger
Pot Roast (as Sam McDaniels)
 1935 George White's 1935 Scandals
Train Porter (uncredited)
 1935 Two Hearts in Wax Time (Short)
Deck Attendant (uncredited)
 1935 It Happened in New York
Porter (uncredited)
 1935 Gold Diggers of 1935
Janitor (uncredited)
 1935 The Perfect Clue
Train Porter (uncredited)
 1934 Babbitt
Howard - Janitor (uncredited)
 1934 Kid Millions
Ship's Steward (uncredited)
 1934 Evelyn Prentice
Porter (uncredited)
 1934 The Lemon Drop Kid
Minor Role (uncredited)
 1934 Belle of the Nineties
Jasmine's Admirer (uncredited)
 1934 Wagon Wheels
Negro Coachman (as Sam McDaniels)
 1934 The Human Side
Porter (uncredited)
 1934 The Dragon Murder Case
Steam Room Attendant (uncredited)
 1934 Contented Calves (Short)
Eli - the Porter (uncredited)
 1934 The Girl from Missouri
Porter on Train (uncredited)
 1934 Here Comes the Navy
Washroom Attendant (uncredited)
 1934 The Old Fashioned Way
Train Porter (uncredited)
 1934 Charlie Chan's Courage
 1934 Operator 13
Rufus (uncredited)
 1934 Manhattan Melodrama
Black Prisoner on Death Row (uncredited)
 1934 Twenty Million Sweethearts
Deacon (uncredited)
 1934 Rough Necking (Short)
Anatole (uncredited)
 1934 Fashions of 1934
Cleaning Man (uncredited)
 1934 Dark Hazard
George--Train Porter (uncredited)
 1934 Fugitive Lovers
Station Attendant Washing Floor (uncredited)
 1933 Going Hollywood
Rasputin (uncredited)
 1933 Lady Killer
Porter (uncredited)
 1933 Christopher Bean
Porter (uncredited)
 1933 College Coach
Lunch Wagon Proprietor (uncredited)
 1933 The Chief
Bootblack (uncredited)
 1933 Broadway Thru a Keyhole
Gus - Rocci's Valet (uncredited)
 1933 Only Yesterday
Red Cap Porter (uncredited)
 1933 Footlight Parade
Porter in 'Honeymoon Hotel' (uncredited)
 1933 Life in the Raw
Waiter (uncredited)
 1933 Hold Your Man
Porter at Train Station (uncredited)
 1933 Central Airport
Train Porter (uncredited)
 1933 Blondie Johnson
Train Porter (uncredited)
 1933 From Hell to Heaven
Bettor (uncredited)
 1933 Grand Slam
Contest Radio Listener (uncredited)
 1933 Whistling in the Dark
Porter (uncredited)
 1933 Employees' Entrance
Hotel Janitor (uncredited)
 1932 The Golden West
Sam the Coachman (uncredited)
 1932 Once in a Lifetime
Train Porter (uncredited)
 1932 The All-American
McCormick's Butler (uncredited)
 1932 Movie Crazy
Men's Room Valet (uncredited)
 1932 The Vanishing Frontier
Whistlin' Zeke (as Deacon McDaniels)
 1932 The Rich Are Always with Us
Max - Julian's Butler (uncredited)
 1932/I Grand Hotel
Bartender (unconfirmed, uncredited)
 1932 Are You Listening?
Prisoner at Train Station (uncredited)
 1932 Union Depot
Redcap Train Porter (uncredited)
 1931 Guilty Hands
Jimmy, a Black Servant (uncredited)
 1931 A Free Soul
Casino Valet (uncredited)
 1931 The Public Enemy
Headwaiter (uncredited)
 1931 Dance, Fools, Dance
Luva's Butler (uncredited)
 1929 Brown Gravy (Short)
 1929 Hallelujah
Adam (uncredited)
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Personal Details

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(1920s) Radio: Starred with Roberta Hyson in a musical show called "Optimistic Do-Nuts" on station KNX in Los Angeles.

Alternate Names:

Sam 'Deacon' McDaniel | Deacon McDaniels | Sam McDaniels

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Had his own jazz band in the 1920s, playing on radio and on the vaudeville circuit. The lead singer was his longtime girlfriend Roberta Hyson. See more »



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