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Willie Best

Highest Rated:   100% At the Circus (1939)
Lowest Rated:   80% Cabin in the Sky (1943)
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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.

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RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet South of Caliente
  • Willie
1951
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 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
80% Cabin in the Sky
  • Second Idea Man
1943
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
94% 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
88% The Littlest Rebel
  • James Henry
1935
No Score Yet The Nitwits
  • Sleepy
1935
No Score Yet Kentucky Kernels
  • Buckshot
1934
No Score Yet 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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