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Leigh Whipper

  • Highest Rated: 100% Of Mice and Men (1939)
  • Lowest Rated: 89% Road to Zanzibar (1941)
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  • Although a strong presence in the (still extant) Oscar Micheaux drama Symbol of the Unconquered (1920), gaunt-looking African-American performer Leigh Whipper had to wait 23 years for a second screen role truly worthy of his not inconsiderable talents, that of the preacher Sparks in The Ox-Bow Incident. Whipper, who has been credited with being the first black member of Actors Equity and the founder of the Negro Actors Guild, had done much better on Broadway, where he starred in the 1929 revival of Porgy, wrote and starred in the short-lived Yeah Man (1932), and originated the part of Crooks in Of Mice and Men (1937), a role that he re-created in the 1939 screen version. Arguably the finest African-American actor of his generation -- and one of the finest performers in the history of American theater -- Leigh Whipper was awarded the prestigious Oscar Micheaux Award in 1974. In the 1990s, The Philadelphia International Film Festival instituted an award in his honor.

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No Score Yet Lost Boundaries Janitor 1949
No Score Yet Undercurrent George 1946
No Score Yet The Imposter (Strange Confession) Toba 1944
No Score Yet Happy Land Old Ben 1943
No Score Yet Mission to Moscow Haile Selassie 1943
90% The Ox-Bow Incident Sparks 1943
No Score Yet White Cargo Jim Flash 1942
No Score Yet Heart of the Golden West Rango 1942
No Score Yet King of the Zombies Momba 1941
89% Road to Zanzibar Scarface 1941
No Score Yet Robin Hood of the Pecos Kezeye 1941
100% Of Mice and Men Crooks 1939
No Score Yet Symbol of the Unconquered Actor 1920


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