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George H. Reed

  • Highest Rated: 100% After the Thin Man (1936)
  • Lowest Rated: 17% The Sea of Grass (1947)
  • Birthday: Not Available
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • The son of slaves, actor George H. Reed was nearing the age of 50 when he made his first screen appearance in 1914. If it is true that Reed was cast in D.W. Griffith's Birth of a Nation, he would have been one of the few genuine black performers in this controversial film, which relied almost exclusively upon white actors in blackface. In contrast to the rampant racism in Birth, Reed's next confirmed appearance was in Realization of a Negro's Ambition (1916), which was relatively sympathetic to the African-American viewpoint. He went on to play escaped slave Jim in the 1920 version of Huckleberry Finn, then was consigned to stereotypical minor roles, bearing such character names as Rastus, Uncle Remus, and the like. During the talkie era, the stately, dignified Reed was often cast as a minister, most memorably as Reverend Deshee in The Green Pastures (1936). From 1939 to 1947, George H. Reed was a regular in MGM's Dr. Kildare series as elderly hospital orderly Conover, whose principal job it was to pilot the wheelchair bearing the curmudgeonly Dr. Gillespie (Lionel Barrymore).

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

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17% The Sea of Grass Uncle Nat 1947
No Score Yet Colonel Effingham's Raid (Man of the Hour) Janitor 1946
No Score Yet Saratoga Trunk Carriage Driver 1946
No Score Yet Nob Hill Black Man at El Dorado 1945
86% Strange Illusion Benjamin 1945
No Score Yet Home in Indiana Tuppy 1944
94% The More the Merrier Caretaker 1943
No Score Yet Tales of Manhattan Christopher 1942
No Score Yet In This Our Life Butler 1942
No Score Yet Take a Letter, Darling (Green-Eyed Woman) Sam French 1942
78% Reap the Wild Wind Servant at Mottram House 1942
No Score Yet We Were Dancing Butler at Blane's House 1942
No Score Yet The People vs. Dr. Kildare (My Life Is Yours) Conover 1941
No Score Yet The Great Lie Butler 1941
82% They Died With Their Boots On Charles 1941
No Score Yet Dr. Kildare's Crisis Conover 1940
No Score Yet Doctor Kildare Goes Home Conover 1940
No Score Yet Maryland Uncle Henry 1940
No Score Yet Dr. Kildare's Strange Case Conover 1940
No Score Yet The Secret of Dr. Kildare Conover 1939
No Score Yet Going Places Sam 1939
No Score Yet Kentucky Old Ben 1938
No Score Yet Saratoga Butler 1937
100% After the Thin Man Porter 1936
No Score Yet The Gorgeous Hussy Braxton 1936
81% The Green Pastures Mr. Deshee 1936
100% Show Boat Old Black Man 1936
No Score Yet The Glass Key Black Serving Man 1935
No Score Yet Wings in the Dark Waring 1935
No Score Yet Red Salute Butler 1935
88% Twentieth Century Uncle Remus 1934
80% Judge Priest Servant 1934
No Score Yet Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch Julius, Servant 1934
No Score Yet Hold Your Man Rev. Crippen 1933
No Score Yet Over the Hill Actor 1931
No Score Yet Realization of a Negro's Ambition Actor 1916

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