Juano Hernandez

Juano Hernandez

Highest Rated: 100% The Breaking Point (1950)

Lowest Rated: 40% Something of Value (Africa Ablaze) (1957)

Birthday: Jul 19, 1901

Birthplace: Not Available

Hernandez was one of the first "new style" black screen actors, who neither sang nor danced but played characters just as white actors did. He grew up in Rio de Janeiro. In 1922 he first began performing onstage, working in an acrobatic act. Later he lived in the Caribbean and worked as a professional boxer under the name Kid Curley. He went on to work in a minstrel show, in circuses, and in vaudeville. He debuted on Broadway in 1927 in Show Boat. He played a few bit parts in the black audience-targeted films of Oscar Micheaux, and also worked as a radio scriptwriter. He broke through as a screen actor in Intruder in the Dust (1949), in which he played a proud black man wrongly accused of having killed a white Southerner. He played masculine, sensitive, individualistic men. After getting a number of solid roles, he was obliged to accept lesser roles in most of the films he made from the late '50s on. He continued acting until shortly before his death, working in both films and on TV.

Highest Rated Movies



60% They Call Me Mister Tibbs Mealie Williamson 1970
80% The Reivers Uncle Possum 1969
83% The Pawnbroker Mr. Smith 1965
No Score Yet Heningway's Adventures of a Young Man Bugs 1962
No Score Yet The Sins Of Rachel Cade Kalanumu 1961
88% Sergeant Rutledge Sgt. Matthew Luke Skidmore 1960
No Score Yet The Mark of the Hawk Amugu 1958
No Score Yet St. Louis Blues Charles Handy 1958
40% Something of Value (Africa Ablaze) Njogu 1957
No Score Yet Ransom! Jesse Chapman 1956
No Score Yet Trial Judge Theodore Motley 1955
98% Kiss Me Deadly Eddie 1955
100% The Breaking Point Wesley Park 1950
80% Young Man With a Horn Art Hazzard 1950
No Score Yet Stars in My Crown Uncle Famous Prill 1950
100% Intruder in the Dust Lucas Beauchamp 1949
No Score Yet Lying Lips Actor 1939
No Score Yet The Girl from Chicago Actor 1932


No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Presents
Josh 1959


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