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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
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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

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
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
67% 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
86% 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
No Score Yet Judge Priest
  • Servant
1934
No Score Yet Hold Your Man
  • Rev. Crippen
1933
No Score Yet Over the Hill
  • Actor
1931
No Score Yet Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch
  • Julius, Servant
1919

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