Leigh Whipper (1876–1975)

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Leigh Whipper was an consummate actor who led an impressive life. Born in South Carolina in 1876, at the end of the Reconstruction Era in which his parents had participated, he was educated in Washington, D.C., attending Howard University, before turning permanently to a life in the theater. At a time when work for black actors was limited, ... See full bio »

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 1958 Peter Gunn (TV Series)
- Streetcar Jones (1958) ... Lodi
 1957 The Young Don't Cry
 1955 The Shrike
 1951 Martin Kane (TV Series)
Chester - Hotel Desk Clerk / Chester
- Hotel Con Game (1951) ... Chester - Hotel Desk Clerk
- The Fortune Teller (1951) ... Chester
 1949 Lost Boundaries
 1947 Untamed Fury
Uncle Gabe
 1946 Undercurrent
 1946 Young Widow
Nate (uncredited)
 1945 The Hidden Eye
 1945 Jungle Queen
Native (uncredited)
 1944 Dark Waters
Minor Role (unconfirmed)
 1944 The Yellow Rose of Texas
Dock Singer (uncredited)
 1944 Strange Confession
 1943 Happy Land
Old Ben (uncredited)
 1943 Mission to Moscow
Haile Selassie (uncredited)
 1942 White Cargo
Jim Fish
 1942 The Ox-Bow Incident
Sparks (uncredited)
 1942 The Vanishing Virginian
Uncle Josh
 1942 Lady for a Night
Joe Cupid, the Charm Seller (uncredited)
 1941 Bahama Passage
 1941 King of the Zombies
 1941 Road to Zanzibar
 1941 Virginia
 1941 Robin Hood of the Pecos
 1939 Of Mice and Men
 1920 The Symbol of the Unconquered
Tugi - an Indian Fakir
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Stage: Appeared (as "Frank Carlisle"; final Broadway role) in "The Shrike" on Broadway. Drama (revival). Directed (w/José Ferrer / written by Joseph A. Kramm. Scenic Design / Lighting Design by Howard Bay. Costume Design by Emeline Roche. City Center: 25 Nov 1953-6 Dec 1953 (15 performances). Cast: Somar Alberg (as "Dr. Schlesinger"), ... See more »

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Graduated from Howard University School of Law, class of 1895. See more »

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