Slappy White

Lowest Rated: 58% Mr. Saturday Night (1992)
Birthday: Sep 20, 1921
Birthplace: Not Available
Much-loved funnyman Slappy White spent the bulk of his long career performing in nightclubs, particularly those catering to black audiences in Atlantic City, NJ and Las Vegas. He only occasionally appeared in feature films. Born Melvin White in Baltimore, Maryland, he was raised in poverty and started out dancing on the streets for small change. At one time, he partnered with Redd Foxx. Many years later, after both had become famous comics, they would sometimes perform together. White often drew upon the hardships of his early life to create his comedy. The wearing of a white and a black glove on either hand to symbolize the need for racial harmony was one of White's special trademarks. In 1969, White teamed with Steve Ross and they became one of the first successful racially mixed comedy acts. White made his feature-film debut with Ross in the silly sexploitation film The Man from O.R.G.Y. (1970). White sometimes appeared on television. In 1972, White played "Melvin" on Red Foxx's sitcom Sanford and Son. He also had a regular role on the 1995 children's series Fudge. He made his last film appearance in the Billy Crystal vehicle Mr. Saturday Night (1991). White was an honor board member and inductee in the National Comedy Hall of Fame.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
58% Mr. Saturday Night Joey 1992
59% Amazon Women on the Moon Himself ("Roast Your Loved One") $0.6M 1987
No Score Yet Amazing Grace Forthwith Withson 1974
No Score Yet The Real Gone Girls Vito 1970

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet Blossom
1991-1995
Himself
  • 1992
No Score Yet The Flip Wilson Show
1970-1974
Guest
  • 1973
  • 1972
No Score Yet Sanford and Son
1972-1977
Melvin
  • 1972

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