Leigh Whipper

Actor
IVA Star Rating : 31
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Leigh Rollin Whipper (October 29, 1876 – July 26, 1975) was an American actor on the stage and in motion pictures. He was the first African American to join the Actors' Equity Association, and one of the founders of the Negro Actors Guild of America. He is best known for creating the role of Crooks in the original... read more

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Leigh Rollin Whipper (October 29, 1876 – July 26, 1975) was an American actor on the stage and in motion pictures. He was the first African American to join the Actors' Equity Association, and one of the founders of the Negro Actors Guild of America. He is best known for creating the role of Crooks in the original Broadway production of Of Mice and Men, which he reprised in the 1939 film version. Educated at Howard University Law School, he left in 1895 and never practiced as a lawyer. Without any dramatic training, he made his first Broadway appearance in Georgia Minstrels. His first film role was in the 1920 silent film The Symbol of the Unconquered. During the Second World War, Whipper was a member of the steering committee of Negro Division the Hollywood Victory Committee.

Born

Sunday, 29 October 1876

Died

Saturday, 26 July 1975

Actor Filmography

Horrible Horror Momba, In clips from 'King of the Zombies' 1986
Peter Gunn Lodi 1958
The Young Don't Cry Doosy 1957
The Shrike Carlisle 1955
Martin Kane Chester - Hotel Desk Clerk 1949
Lost Boundaries Janitor 1949
Untamed Fury Uncle Gabe 1947
Undercurrent George 1946
Young Widow Nate / Nate (Uncredited) 1946
The Hidden Eye Alistair 1945
(see additional filmography)

Actor Filmography

Horrible Horror Momba, In clips from 'King of the Zombies' 1986
Peter Gunn Lodi 1958
The Young Don't Cry Doosy 1957
The Shrike Carlisle 1955
Martin Kane Chester - Hotel Desk Clerk 1949
Lost Boundaries Janitor 1949
Untamed Fury Uncle Gabe 1947
Undercurrent George 1946
Young Widow Nate / Nate (Uncredited) 1946
The Hidden Eye Alistair 1945
Jungle Queen Native 1945
Dark Waters Minor Role 1944
The Yellow Rose of Texas Dock Singer 1944
Strange Confession Toba 1944
Happy Land Old Ben 1943
Mission to Moscow Haile Selassie 1943
White Cargo Jim Fish 1942
The Ox-Bow Incident Sparks 1942
Heart of the Golden West Rango 1942
The Vanishing Virginian Uncle Josh 1942
Lady for a Night Joe Cupid, the Charm Seller 1942
Bahama Passage Morales 1941
King of the Zombies Momba 1941
Road to Zanzibar Scarface 1941
Virginia Ezechial 1941
Robin Hood of the Pecos Kezeye 1941
Of Mice and Men Crooks 1940
The Symbol of the Unconquered Tugi - an Indian Fakir 1920
Within Our Gates 1920
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