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Sam McDaniel

Highest Rated: 100% Experiment Perilous (1944)

Lowest Rated: 60% Son of Dracula (1943)

Birthday: Not Available

Birthplace: Not Available

The older brother of actresses Etta and Hattie McDaniel, Sam McDaniel began his stage career as a clog dancer with a Denver minstrel show. Later on, he co-starred with his brother Otis in another minstrel troupe, this one managed by his father Henry. Sam and his sister Etta moved to Hollywood during the talkie revolution, securing the sort of bit roles usually reserved for black actors at that time. He earned his professional nickname "Deacon" when he appeared as the "Doleful Deacon" on The Optimistic Do-Nut Hour, a Los Angeles radio program. During this period, Sam encouraged his sister Hattie to come westward and give Hollywood a try; he even arranged Hattie's first radio and nightclub singing jobs. McDaniel continued playing minor movie roles doormen, porters, butlers, janitors while Hattie ascended to stardom, and an Academy Award, as "Mammy" in Gone with the Wind (1939). During the 1950s, McDaniel played a recurring role on TV's Amos 'N' Andy Show.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Ice Palace Porter 1960
83% Party Girl Jesse 1958
No Score Yet Good Morning, Miss Dove Man 1955
No Score Yet A Man Called Peter Maitre d' 1955
No Score Yet The President's Lady Henry, Phariss' Driver 1953
No Score Yet A Lion Is in the Streets Moses, Bolduc's Butler 1953
No Score Yet Something for the Birds Party Waiter (uncredited) 1952
No Score Yet Ma and Pa Kettle Waiter 1949
No Score Yet Flamingo Road Boatright 1949
No Score Yet The File on Thelma Jordon Porter 1949
83% The Secret Life of Walter Mitty Doorman 1947
No Score Yet I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now Chef 1947
No Score Yet High Barbaree Bertram 1947
No Score Yet The Egg and I Waiter 1947
No Score Yet The Foxes of Harrow Josh 1947
No Score Yet Without Reservations Freddy 1946
No Score Yet Never Say Goodbye Porter 1946
No Score Yet Crack-Up Porter 1946
No Score Yet My Reputation Johnson 1946
No Score Yet Colonel Effingham's Raid (Man of the Hour) Janitor 1946
No Score Yet Joe Palooka, Champ Smoky 1946
No Score Yet She Wouldn't Say Yes Steward 1945
No Score Yet Lady on a Train Actor 1945
No Score Yet The Naughty Nineties Matt 1945
100% Experiment Perilous Porter 1944
97% Double Indemnity Garage Attendant 1944
No Score Yet Marriage Is a Private Affair Black Porter 1944
No Score Yet Betrayed Porter 1944
No Score Yet Home in Indiana Swipe 1944
60% Son of Dracula Andy 1943
No Score Yet Gangway for Tomorrow Hank 1943
No Score Yet The Iron Major Pete 1943
No Score Yet The Ghost and the Guest Harmony Jones 1943
No Score Yet Silver Queen Toby 1942
No Score Yet In This Our Life Black Man in Jail (uncredited) 1942
No Score Yet I Was Framed Kit Carson 1942
No Score Yet Louisiana Purchase Sam 1941
100% All Through the Night Deacon 1941
No Score Yet You Belong to Me Porter 1941
No Score Yet Broadway Limited (The Baby Vanishes ) Bartender 1941
No Score Yet The Great American Broadcast Porter 1941
No Score Yet South of Panama Rod 1941
60% The Great Lie Jefferson 1941
82% They Died With Their Boots On Waiter 1941
No Score Yet Brother Orchid Janitor 1940
No Score Yet Too Many Husbands Porter 1940
No Score Yet The Howards of Virginia Uncle Robert, the Butler 1940
No Score Yet Virginia City Sam 1940
No Score Yet Am I Guilty? John D. Jones 1940
No Score Yet Union Pacific St. Louis Waiter 1939
No Score Yet They Made Me a Criminal Splash 1939
No Score Yet Three Loves Has Nancy Waiter 1938
94% Jezebel Driver 1938
No Score Yet Stablemates Black Bookie 1938
No Score Yet Women Are Like That Porter 1938
No Score Yet Sergeant Murphy Henry 1938
94% Captains Courageous Doc 1937
No Score Yet Git Along Little Dogies Sam Brown 1937
No Score Yet Bargain with Bullets (Gangsters on the Loose) Actor 1937
No Score Yet The Go Getter Black Man 1937
No Score Yet The Singing Marine Black Man 1937
No Score Yet The Gorgeous Hussy Butler 1936
No Score Yet Rhythm on the Range Porter 1936
No Score Yet Hearts Divided Servant 1936
No Score Yet Exclusive Story Man Threatened by Acello 1936
No Score Yet Rendezvous Porter 1935
No Score Yet Stranded Porter 1935
No Score Yet George White's 1935 Scandals Porter 1935
No Score Yet Evelyn Prentice Porter 1934
No Score Yet Wagon Wheels Black Coachman 1934
No Score Yet The Dragon Murder Case Attendant 1934
80% Here Comes the Navy Porter 1934
No Score Yet The Old Fashioned Way Porter 1934
80% Manhattan Melodrama Black Man in Prison 1934
No Score Yet Fashions of 1934 Cleaning Man 1934
83% Belle of the Nineties Brother Eben 1934
No Score Yet Operator 13 Old Bob 1934
No Score Yet Twenty Million Sweethearts Deacon the Waiter 1934
100% Footlight Parade Porter 1933
No Score Yet Lady Killer Porter 1933
No Score Yet Once in a Lifetime Porter 1932
86% Grand Hotel Bartender 1932
No Score Yet Movie Crazy Men's room valet 1932
No Score Yet A Free Soul Valet 1931
100% The Public Enemy Black Headwaiter 1931
80% Going Hollywood Porter 1923


No Score Yet I Love Lucy
Sam 1955
No Score Yet The Three Stooges


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