Ben Vereen

Highest Rated: 86% Top Five (2014)
Lowest Rated: 17% And Then Came Love (2007)
Birthday: Oct 10, 1946
Birthplace: Not Available
Effervescent African-American entertainer Ben Vereen attended New York's High School of the Performing Arts and Emerson College. Vereen was 18 when he made his New York stage bow in Prodigal Son; shortly thereafter, he was cast in the touring company of Sweet Charity, eventually making his 1969 screen debut in the film version of that Cy Coleman-Dorothy Fields musical. He joined the cast of Hair in 1969, at various junctures playing both Claude and Berger. The following year, he won the Theatre World Award for his portrayal of Judas in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Jesus Christ Superstar. After a season with the National Shakespeare Company, Vereen was cast as "The Leading Player" in the Broadway musical Pippin, a performance that earned him a Tony Award. While he seemed destined to appear in naught but film musicfests like Funny Lady (1975) and All That Jazz (1979), Vereen proved his dramatic mettle with his unforgettable portrayal of Chicken George in the landmark miniseries Roots. While he didn't win the Emmy for this role (as many expected), his 1978 TV special Ben Vereen...His Roots copped the gold statuette. Vereen has also been honored with the American Guild of Variety Artists' George M. Cohan award, and with the NAACP's Image Award. In 1980, he co-starred with Jeff Goldblum in the Steven Cannell-produced TV series Tenspeed and Brownshoe. Though the series failed, Vereen reserved a warm place in his heart for his wheeler-dealer "Tenspeed Turner" character, reprising the role on the 1987 TV weekly J. J. Starbuck. His additional TV credits include the 1975 summer series Ben Vereen...Comin' at Ya, the recurring role of Uncle Phillip on Webster (1986), and the hosting chores for the syndicated talent contest You Write the Songs (1986) At the height of his fame, Vereen ebulliently attributed his success to "Jesus." His faith was sorely tested in the late 1980s; enduring the death of his son, Vereen began contemplating suicide, at one point deliberately standing in the middle of a busy Los Angeles street, allowing himself to be struck down by a passing car. Happily, Vereen recovered both emotionally and professionally; his recent credits include the Broadway musical Jelly's Last Jam and the recurring role of Captain Hutchinson in the TV cop series Silk Stalkings (1991- ).

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
28% The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let's Do the Time Warp Again Dr. Everett Scott 2016
79% Time Out Of Mind Dixon 2015
86% Top Five Carl Allen $17.1M 2014
44% Khumba Mkhulu $91K 2013
No Score Yet Mama, I Want to Sing! Horace Payne 2009
No Score Yet Cooking with B. Smith and Friends - Appetizers Actor 2009
No Score Yet Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical History - The 1970s Actor 2009
No Score Yet Tapioca Nuts 2008
No Score Yet An Accidental Friendship Wes 2008
No Score Yet Hair: Let the Sunshine In Actor 2007
17% And Then Came Love Chuck Cooper 2007
47% Idlewild Percy Sr. $12.6M 2006
No Score Yet Soldiers of Change Whistlin' Willie Weston 2006
No Score Yet The Painting Actor 2005
No Score Yet Broadway: The American Musical Actor 2004
No Score Yet Soldiers of Change (The Painting) Whistlin' Willie Weston 2002
No Score Yet Fosse Actor 2001
No Score Yet The Feast of All Saints Rudolphe Lermontant 2001
43% I'll Take You There Mr. Gwin 1999
53% Why Do Fools Fall In Love Richard Barrett 1998
No Score Yet Vaudeville Narrator 1997
22% Once Upon a Forest Phineas 1993
No Score Yet Intruders Gene Randall 1992
No Score Yet The Kid Who Loved Christmas Actor 1990
No Score Yet Mother Goose Rock 'n' Rhyme Itsy Bitsy Spider 1990
No Score Yet Buy & Cell Shaka 1989
No Score Yet Lost in London Actor 1985
No Score Yet The Zoo Gang The Winch 1985
No Score Yet The Jesse Owens Story Herb 1984
No Score Yet Breakin' Through Actor 1984
No Score Yet The Charmkins Actor 1983
No Score Yet Cycling through China Actor 1983
No Score Yet Pippin The leading player 1981
86% All That Jazz O'Connor Flood 1979
No Score Yet Louis Armstrong---Chicago Style Actor 1976
40% Funny Lady Bert Robbins 1975
No Score Yet Gas! -Or- It Became Necessary to Destroy the World in Order to Save It Actor 1971
No Score Yet Gas-s-s-s Carlos 1970
83% Sweet Charity Frug Dancer 1969

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet Star
2016
Calvin Calvin Brown
  • 2019
  • 2018
57% Magnum P.I.
2018
Henry Barr
  • 2018
92% Making History
2017
Dr. Cobell
  • 2017
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
2011-2018
Guest
  • 2015
No Score Yet Comment je l'ai rencontrée
2005-2010
Sam Gibbs
  • 2014
  • 2013
83% How I Met Your Mother
2005-2014
Sam Sam Gibbs
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2010
No Score Yet NCIS
2003
Lamar Addison
  • 2013
80% Grey's Anatomy
2005
Archie
  • 2007
No Score Yet Law & Order: Criminal Intent
2001-2011
Rev. Jeremiah Morris
  • 2007
No Score Yet Great Performances
2000
Performer
  • 2002
No Score Yet Promised Land
1996-1999
Guest
  • 1999
No Score Yet The Jamie Foxx Show
1996-2001
Royal Johnson
  • 1999
No Score Yet Touched by an Angel
1994-2003
Ulysses Dodd
  • 1996
No Score Yet New York Undercover
1994-1998
  • 1995
86% Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman
1993-1997
Dr. Andre Novak
  • 1994
No Score Yet The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
1990-1996
Lou Smith
  • 1994
89% Star Trek: The Next Generation
1987-1994
Dr. La Forge
  • 1993
No Score Yet Silk Stalkings
1991-1999
Hutch
  • 1992
No Score Yet Webster
1983-1989
Phillip Long Ben Vereen
  • 1985
  • 1984
  • 1983
86% Roots
1977
Chicken George
  • 1977
100% The Muppet Show
1976-1981
Guest
  • 1976
89% Oz
1997-2003
A.R. Whitworth

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