Joel Fluellen

Highest Rated: 100% A Raisin in the Sun (1961)
Birthday: Dec 1, 1907
Birthplace: Monroe, Louisiana, USA
African-American actor Joel Fluellen was a respected stage performer in both all-black and integrated productions throughout the '40s. He was tentative about entering films due to the limited range of roles available for actors of his race. Certainly Fluellen had nothing to be ashamed of in such assignments as the title character's brother in The Jackie Robinson Story (1950), but such parts were the exception rather than the rule. For the most part Fluellen found himself cast as noble natives in jungle-oriented films and TV programs, with the occasional worthwhile roles in films like Friendly Persuasion (1956). Not one to hide his opinions, especially in the '40s when non-white performers were expected to keep quiet and accept whatever was given them, Fluellen lobbied loud and long for better parts and working conditions for his fellow African-American performers, and was gratified to see the picture improving in the early '70s. Still, his own roles ranged from adequate to tiny, though he invariably made an indelible impression in such black-oriented films as A Raisin in the Sun (1962), The Learning Tree (1969) and The Bingo Long Travelling All-Stars and Motor Kings (1975). After a long illness, Joel Fluellen died at age 81, of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Black Hollywood: Blaxploitation and Advancing an Independent Black Cinema Actor 2008
No Score Yet The Life of Jackie Robinson Mack Robinson 2003
No Score Yet Freedom Road James Allenby 1979
75% Casey's Shadow Jimmy Judson 1978
87% The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings Mr. Holland 1976
No Score Yet Man Friday Doctor 1975
No Score Yet Thomasine and Bushrod Nathaniel 1974
No Score Yet The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman Unc Isom 1974
No Score Yet Dream for Christmas Arthur 1973
No Score Yet Butch and Sundance: The Early Days Jack 1972
No Score Yet Skin Game Abram 1971
43% The Great White Hope Tick 1970
73% The Learning Tree Uncle Rob 1969
80% The Chase Lester Johnson 1966
56% Roustabout Cody Marsh 1964
50% The Young Savages Clerk of the Court 1961
100% A Raisin in the Sun Bobo 1961
83% Porgy and Bess Robbins 1959
84% Imitation of Life Minister 1959
No Score Yet The Decks Ran Red Pete 1958
100% Run Silent, Run Deep Bragg 1958
No Score Yet The Monster from Green Hell Arobi 1958
No Score Yet Oh, Men! Oh, Women! Cab Driver 1957
88% Friendly Persuasion Enoch 1956
No Score Yet Lucy Gallant Summertime 1955
No Score Yet Lord of the Jungle Molu 1955
No Score Yet Sitting Bull Sam 1954
100% Riot in Cell Block 11 Al 1954
No Score Yet The Moonlighter Black Man in Jail Cell (uncredited) 1953
No Score Yet Jungle Drums of Africa Matambo 1953
No Score Yet Affair in Trinidad Fisherman 1952
No Score Yet His Kind of Woman Sam 1951
No Score Yet You're in the Navy Now Mess Boy 1951
63% The Jackie Robinson Story Mack Robinson 1950
100% Force of Evil Father 1948
No Score Yet Family Honeymoon Waiter 1948
No Score Yet Without Reservations Waiter in Club Car 1946
No Score Yet White Pongo Mumbo Jumbo 1945


No Score Yet The Dick Van Dyke Show
Bailiff Rodney Johnson
  • 1965


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