Louis Armstrong

Lowest Rated: 43% Hello, Dolly! (1969)
Birthday: Aug 4, 1901
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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MOVIES

CREDIT
95% 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 Great Performances Actor 2005
No Score Yet Louis Armstrong - The Louis Armstrong Show 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
43% 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
67% 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
60% Here Comes the Groom Himself 1951
50% A Song Is Born Himself 1948
No Score Yet New Orleans Louis Armstrong 1947
No Score Yet Pillow to Post Himself 1945
85% 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

CREDIT
No Score Yet Great Performances
2000
Appearing
  • 2005
No Score Yet The Flip Wilson Show
1970-1974
Guest
  • 1970

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