Alvin Childress

Lowest Rated: 44% The Main Event (1979)
Birthday: Sep 10, 1907
Birthplace: Not Available
A graduate of Rust College, actor Alvin Childress made his first New York stage appearance in 1931. Though jobs were traditionally scarce for black actors in the Depression era, Childress was able to find work with the Federal Theater Project and served as a teacher for the American Negro Theater. His biggest Broadway success was Philip Yordan's all-black Anna Lucasta. He made his film debut in Keep Punching (1939), a low-budget vehicle for boxing champ Joe Louis. In 1951, he won out over hundreds of applicants for the role of philosophical Harlem cabdriver Amos Jones in the TV-series version of radio's Amos 'N' Andy, remaining with the series for two seasons. Though Amos 'N' Andy was the subject of controversy due to its alleged perpetuation of black stereotypes, Childress always staunchly defended the series, pointing out that it was the only network TV program of its era to depict blacks as judges, doctors, teachers, and businessmen merely than household servants. When his acting assignments began to diminish in the 1950s, Childress worked as a Los Angeles social worker. Alvin Childress made a comeback in the 1970s, playing featured roles in such films as The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars and Motor Kings (1976) and such TV programs as Sanford and Son and The Jeffersons.

Highest Rated Movies



44% The Main Event Man in Gym 1979
87% The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings Horace 1976
No Score Yet Eleanor and Franklin Actor 1976
No Score Yet Darktown Strutters (Get Down and Boogie) Bo 1975
64% The Day of the Locust Butler 1975
88% Thunderbolt and Lightfoot Janitor 1974
No Score Yet The Man in the Net Alonzo 1959
No Score Yet Anna Lucasta Noah 1959
No Score Yet Keep Punching (uncredited) 1939


No Score Yet The Jeffersons
  • 1977
  • 1975
No Score Yet Good Times
  • 1974
No Score Yet Sanford and Son
Minister Rev. Trimble
  • 1973
  • 1972


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