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Louis Armstrong

Highest Rated:   100% Jazz on a Summer's Day (1960)
Lowest Rated:   41% Hello, Dolly! (1969)
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Birthplace:   New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
The life story of African American jazz trumpeter Louis Armstrong could fill a dozen books, and in fact it has. Rising to fame with his own "Hot Five" group in the 1920s, "Satchmo" Armstrong (the nickname is derived from "Satchelmouth"; incidentally, he was known to his closest friends as "Pops") was a seasoned pro when movies began demanding his services in 1930. His earliest film appearances-- notably the Betty Boop cartoon (!) I'll Be Glad When You're Dead You Rascal You (32)--exemplified the "dangerous," sexually suggestive Armstrong who had become famous in nightclubs and on 78 RPM records. The racial barriers of 1930s Hollywood required Armstrong to smooth out his rough edges and sometimes to come in through the servant's entrance; in 1938's Going Places, for example, he appears as a stableboy, and introduces the lively but comparatively antiseptic ditty "Jeepers Creepers." Armstrong was serendipitously teamed with Bing Crosby on two memorable occasions: the 1936 musical drama Pennies From Heaven and the 1956 tune-filled remake of Philadelphia Story, High Society. Usually cast as himself (or a thinly disguised facsimile), Louis was given a rare chance to act in the 1943 all-black MGM musical Cabin in the Sky, playing the heavenly emissary "The Trumpeter." In 1964, Louis Armstrong scored so huge a hit with his recording of the title tune from the Broadway musical Hello Dolly that he was arbitrarily written into the 1969 film version, sharing a few precious on-screen moments with Barbra Streisand; it was the last of his 25 feature-film appearances.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
96% WALL-E
  • Actor
$223.8M 2008
No Score Yet The Great Crooners
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet Big Time Swing
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet Les Paul: Chasing Sound
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet Jazz Giants of the 20th Century
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet Jazz Legends: Louis Armstrong & Friends
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet Sleepytime Down South: Slow and Easy Tracks from the Golden Era of Jazz
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet Louis Armstrong: Live in Stockholm 1962
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet Louis Armstrong and Friends 1962
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet Louis Armstrong: King of Jazz
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet Louis Armstrong - The Louis Armstrong Show
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet Great Performances
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet Louis Armstrong: Hello Dolly
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet Swing Era: Count Basie
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet Frank Sinatra: Singing With Friends
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet Louis Armstrong: Forever Gold
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet Golden Age Of Jazz Part 1
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet Louis Jordan & His Tympany Five
  • Actor
2003
No Score Yet Sinatra: The Classic Duets
  • Actor
2003
No Score Yet Classic Jazz Drummers: Swing Era and Beyond
  • Actor
2002
No Score Yet 'Twas the Night
  • Actor
2002
No Score Yet Wonderful World of Louis Armstrong
  • Actor
2000
No Score Yet Lullaby of Harlem
  • Actor
1998
No Score Yet At the Jazz Band Ball: Early Hot Jazz, Song and Dance
  • Actor
1993
No Score Yet The Best of Danny Kaye - The Television Years
  • Actor
1993
No Score Yet Benny Goodman: Adventures in the Kingdom of Swing
  • Actor
1993
No Score Yet Satchmo: Louis Armstrong
  • Actor
1990
No Score Yet Trumpet Kings
  • Actor
1985
No Score Yet Bix - Ain't None of Them Play Like Him Yet
  • Actor
1981
No Score Yet Triumph of Charlie Parker: Celebrating Bird
  • Actor
1977
No Score Yet Kid Punch Miller: 'Til the Butcher Cuts Him Down
  • Actor
1971
No Score Yet Good Evening Ev'rybody: In Celebration With Louis Armstrong
  • Actor
1970
No Score Yet Louis Armstrong: Good Evening Ev'rybody
  • Actor
1970
41% Hello, Dolly!
  • Orchestra Leader
1969
No Score Yet Louis Armstrong
  • Actor
1968
No Score Yet A Man Called Adam
  • Willie Ferguson
1966
No Score Yet When The Boys Meet The Girls
  • Actor
1965
No Score Yet Louis Armstrong: Live in Australia
  • Actor
1964
60% Paris Blues
  • Wild Man Moore
1961
No Score Yet Goodyear Jazz Concert with Louis Armstrong
  • Actor
1961
100% Jazz on a Summer's Day
  • Actor
1960
No Score Yet The Five Pennies
  • Himself
1959
No Score Yet The Beat Generation
  • Himself
1959
No Score Yet The All-Star Christmas Show (Bing Crosby - Bing Crosby's White Christmas USO All Star Show)
  • Actor
1958
81% High Society
  • Himself
1956
88% The Glenn Miller Story
  • Himself
1953
No Score Yet Glory Alley
  • Shadow Johnson
1952
No Score Yet Jukebox Saturday Night
  • Actor
1952
No Score Yet Here Comes the Groom
  • Himself
1951
50% A Song Is Born
  • Himself
1948
No Score Yet New Orleans
  • Louis Armstrong
1947
80% Cabin in the Sky
  • The Trumpeter
1943
No Score Yet Lullaby of Harlem
  • Actor
1939
No Score Yet Going Places
  • Gabe
1939
No Score Yet Every Day's a Holiday
  • Band Leader
1937
No Score Yet Artists and Models
  • Himself
1937
No Score Yet Pennies From Heaven
  • Henry
1936
No Score Yet Great Jazz Bands of the 30's
  • Actor
1935

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Great Performances
2000
  • Appearing
  • 2005

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