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Nick Stewart [Nicodemus]



Though moral dilemma initially left actor Nick Stewart slightly uncomfortable about his decision to portray Lightnin' on the Amos and Andy show, the role shot the actor to superstardom, providing him with ample funding to found his labor of love, the Los Angeles Ebony Showcase Theater, a theater which shattered stereotypes by providing black artists a medium to create meaningful, serious-minded drama.

A native of Harlem, NY, Stewart initiated his show-business career as a multi-talented entertainer in such legendary institutions as the Hoofer's Club and the Cotton Club. Stewarts' film career was given a thankful boost when Mae West cast him in the role of Nicodemus in the classic Go West, Young Man (1936). A noted radio performer throughout the 1940s, Stewart would go on to find fame in such popular films as She Wouldn't Say Yes (1945) and Carmen Jones (1954), though it was Disney's infamous take on the tales of Joel Chandler Harris, Song of the South (1946) (in the voice-role of Br'er Bear), that left an audible impression on many audiences of the era.

Though Stewart appeared regularly in film throughout the 1940s and '50s, his roles would decline in consistency through the '70s and '80s, taking minor roles in such films as Silver Streak and Hollywood Shuffle. Nick Stewart died at his son's Los Angeles home at the age of 90.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
88% Hollywood Shuffle
  • Cookie's Father
1982
88% Silver Streak
  • Shoe Shiner
1976
75% It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
  • Truck Driver
1963
No Score Yet Flame of the Islands
  • Willie
1955
74% Carmen Jones
  • Dink Franks
1954
No Score Yet The Voice of the Turtle
  • Elevator Boy
1947
No Score Yet Down to Earth
  • Porter
1947
56% Song of the South
  • Brer Bear
1946
No Score Yet Night and Day
  • Waiter
1946
No Score Yet Colonel Effingham's Raid (Man of the Hour)
  • Ninety-Eight
1946
No Score Yet Night Train to Memphis
  • Porter
1946
No Score Yet Dakota
  • Nicodemus
1945
No Score Yet She Wouldn't Say Yes
  • Other Porter
1945
No Score Yet I Love a Bandleader
  • Willie Winters
1945
No Score Yet Stormy Weather
  • Chauffeur
1943
No Score Yet My Son, the Hero
  • Nicodemus
1943
No Score Yet Go West, Young Man
  • Nicodemus
1936

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Masterpiece
1971-2015
  • Orthodox Priest

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