Willie Best

Willie Best

Highest Rated: 100% At the Circus (1939)

Lowest Rated: 83% The Ghost Breakers (1940)

Birthday: May 27, 1913

Birthplace: Not Available

African American actor Willie Best made his screen debut in Harold Lloyd's Feet First (1930). When Best, a veteran of a travelling show, came to Hollywood, he immediately fell prey to the stereotyping of the era. Promoted as a "new Stepin Fetchit," Best was transformed into a shuffling, "Yassuh boss" character billed as "Sleep 'N' Eat." Studio press releases of the 1930s made outrageous claims that not only did Best enjoy humiliating himself in "darkie" roles, but that the only compensation he wanted for his screen work was three square meals a day and a warm place to sleep. Despite the demeaning nature of his roles, Best performed them with consummate skill and razor sharp comic timing. Bob Hope, who worked with Best in The Ghost Breakers (1940) and Nothing But the Truth (1941), once referred to Willie as "the finest actor I knew." In the 1950s, Willie Best was a fixture at the Hal Roach Studios, playing supporting roles in such Roach-produced TV series as My Little Margie, The Stu Erwin Show and Mark Saber.


Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet South of Caliente Willie 1951
No Score Yet Smart Woman Porter 1948
No Score Yet The Red Stallion Jackson 1947
No Score Yet Dangerous Money Chattanooga 1946
No Score Yet The Bride Wore Boots Joe 1946
No Score Yet The Face of Marble Shadrach 1946
No Score Yet She Wouldn't Say Yes Porter 1945
No Score Yet Pillow to Post Lucille 1945
No Score Yet The Adventures of Mark Twain George 1944
No Score Yet Home in Indiana Mo' Bum 1944
No Score Yet Thank Your Lucky Stars Soldier 1943
No Score Yet The Kansan,(Wagon Wheels) Bones 1943
85% Cabin in the Sky Second Idea Man 1943
No Score Yet The Hidden Hand Eustis the Chauffeur 1942
No Score Yet A-Haunting We Will Go Waiter 1942
No Score Yet Juke Girl Jo-Mo 1942
No Score Yet Nothing But the Truth Samuel 1941
No Score Yet Kisses for Breakfast Arnold 1941
No Score Yet Road Show Willie 1941
No Score Yet Flight from Destiny George 1941
95% High Sierra Algernon 1941
No Score Yet The Body Disappears William 'Willie' 1941
No Score Yet Who Killed Aunt Maggie? Andrew 1940
83% The Ghost Breakers Alex 1940
No Score Yet Blondie on a Budget Black Boy 1940
No Score Yet I Take This Woman Sambo 1940
No Score Yet Slightly Honorable Art, the Elevator Operator 1940
No Score Yet Blondie Porter 1939
No Score Yet Mr. Moto Takes a Vacation Driver 1939
No Score Yet Nancy Drew, Trouble Shooter Apollo Johnson 1939
100% At the Circus Actor 1939
No Score Yet The Saint Strikes Back Algernon 1939
100% Vivacious Lady Porter 1938
No Score Yet Merrily We Live George W. Jones 1938
No Score Yet Gold Is Where You Find It Helper 1938
No Score Yet Saturday's Heroes Sam 1937
No Score Yet Super-Sleuth Warts 1937
No Score Yet General Spanky Henry 1936
No Score Yet Thank You, Jeeves Drowsy 1936
No Score Yet The Bride Walks Out Smokie 1936
No Score Yet Murder on a Bridle Path High Pockets 1936
No Score Yet The Lady Consents Sam 1936
89% The Littlest Rebel James Henry 1935
No Score Yet The Nitwits Sleepy 1935
No Score Yet Murder on a Honeymoon Willie, Porter 1935
No Score Yet Kentucky Kernels Buckshot 1934
100% Little Miss Marker Dizzy Memphis 1934
No Score Yet The Monster Walks Exodus 1932
No Score Yet Up Pops the Devil Actor 1931
No Score Yet Feet First Janitor 1930


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