Godfrey Cambridge

Lowest Rated: 43% Bye Bye, Braverman (1968)
Birthday: Feb 26, 1933
Birthplace: New York, New York, USA
Born in New York City to immigrants from British Guiana, Godfrey Cambridge was raised in Nova Scotia. He returned to New York in time for high school, graduating from Flushing High in three years. While attending Hofstra University, Cambridge appeared in a student production of MacBeth; it was also at Hofstra that Cambridge, who was black, first encountered racial prejudice. After completing his education at CCNY, Cambridge held down many shows before his first theatrical break in the 1956 play Take a Giant Step. In 1961, Cambridge was one of several black performers whose career was given a booster shot by appearing in Jean Genet's play The Blacks: he won an Obie award for his portrayal of an African American gentleman who transforms into an elderly white woman. This led to a major role in Ossie Davis' satirical Broadway play Purlie Victorious. Thanks to his frequent appearances on Jack Paar's program, Cambridge was able to sustain a successful career as a nightclub comedian, using such hot-potato topics as bigotry and phony liberalism as objects of ridicule rather than anger. In films since 1959, Cambridge starred as Harlem detective Gravedigger Jones in Cotton Comes to Harlem (1969) and Come Back Charleston Blue (1972); and, in an interesting variation of his Blacks role, Cambridge portrayed a white businessman who turns black overnight in the bitter fantasy Watermelon Man (1969). Godfrey Cambridge was 43 years old when, while playing Idi Amin in the TV production Victory at Entebbe, he collapsed on the set, the victim of a fatal heart attack.

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MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet Scott Joplin Tom Turpin 1977
No Score Yet Whiffs Dusty 1975
No Score Yet Friday Foster Ford Malotte 1975
No Score Yet Five on the Black Hand Side Himself 1973
No Score Yet The Biscuit Eater Willie Dorsey 1972
No Score Yet Beware! The Blob Chester Hargis 1972
No Score Yet Come Back, Charleston Blue Gravedigger Jones 1972
No Score Yet Cotton Comes to Harlem Jones 1970
No Score Yet Watermelon Man Jeff Gerber 1970
No Score Yet The Biggest Bundle of Them All Benny 1968
43% Bye Bye, Braverman Taxi Cab Driver 1968
80% The President's Analyst Don Masters 1967
No Score Yet The Busy Body Mike 1967
No Score Yet Purlie Victorious Gitlow 1963
No Score Yet The Last Angry Man Nobody Home 1959

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet Night Gallery
1970-1973
  • 1971
No Score Yet The Dick Van Dyke Show
1961-1966
  • 1966

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