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Minnie Gentry

Highest Rated: 69% Def by Temptation (1990)

Lowest Rated: 62% Black Caesar (1973)

Birthday: Dec 2, 1915

Birthplace: Norfolk, Virginia, USA

Durable African-American actor who began in segregated, all-black theater at an early age, and well over half a century later was still racking up credits in features like "The Bad Lieutenant" (1992). For many years Gentry worked primarily on the stage, in plays ranging from "Lysistrata" and "Medea" to a revival of "A Raisin in the Sun." Feature film work did not begin until late middle age, but Gentry made her dignified, charming and strong presence visible in a number of media in the years that followed. For many she is probably best for her touching work as Great Aunt Gramtee, a recurring role she played during the 1989-90 season on the hit sitcom, "The Cosby Show."

Highest rated movies

Def by Temptation
Black Caesar



69% 39% Def by Temptation Grandma (Character) - 1990
No Score Yet 23% Apprentice to Murder Mam Isobel (Character) $140.3K 1987
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hollow Image Emma (Character) - 1979
No Score Yet 51% Greased Lightning Wendell's Mother (Character) - 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet Just an Old Sweet Song Aunt Velvet (Character) - 1976
62% 64% Black Caesar Momma Gibbs (Character) - 1973
No Score Yet 50% Come Back, Charleston Blue Her Majesty (Character) - 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet Georgia, Georgia Mrs. Alberta Anderson (Character) - 1972


No Score Yet 10% The Cosby Show Unknown (Guest Star) 1990