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Blue Washington

Blue Washington was born on February 12, 1898 in Los Angeles, California, as Edgar Hughes Washington. He was an actor, known for There It Is (1928), Beggars of Life (1928) and Haunted Gold (1932). He was married to Marion Lenán. He died on September 15, 1970, at Mira Loma Hospital in Lancaster, California. He was laid to rest at Evergreen Memorial Park in Los Angeles. His son, Kenny Washington, was buried beside him in 1971. Edgar 'Blue' Washington was also a ballplayer in the Negro League for the Los Angeles White Sox and (briefly) the Kansas City Monarchs. He was a childhood friend of Frank Capra and appeared as John Wayne’s sidekick in Haunted Gold (1932), but it wasn’t always clear he was headed for Hollywood.  He played professional baseball in the 1910s and 1920s for two of the most glamorous African American teams in existence, and for a time it must have seemed obvious that this was his vocation.  In the end he chose a different path.  It certainly wasn’t easier — Hollywood at that time was only marginally more accepting of black contributions than the white major leagues.  The nickname 'Blue' came from Frank Capra, one of his best pals in the ethnically diverse surroundings of Lincoln Heights, Los Angeles.

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Feb 12, 1898 In Los Angeles, California, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Rowdy Ann 1919-05-24
Latest Project:
Movie Pinky 1949-09-28
Known For
Poster of Pinky
Poster of The Light That Failed
Poster of Lucky Larkin
Poster of Beggars of Life
Movie Pinky Minor Role 1949-09-28
Movie Bomba, the Jungle Boy Native Bearer 1949-03-20
Movie Lady for a Night Man Sitting Next to Chloe (uncredited) 1942-01-05
Movie It Happened in Flatbush Courtroom Spectator (uncredited) 1942-05-28
Movie Road to Morocco Nubian Slave (uncredited) 1942-11-10
Movie A Girl, a Guy, and a Gob Opera House Doorman (uncredited) 1941-03-14
Movie Sundown Askari Veteran (uncredited) 1941-10-31
Movie Gone with the Wind Renegade's Companion (uncredited) 1940-02-16
Movie The Long Voyage Home Black Cook on Glencairn 1940-11-16
Movie Twelve Crowded Hours First Bartender 1939-02-23
Movie Charlie Chan in Reno Man in Line-Up 1939-06-16
Movie Rose of Washington Square Prisoner (uncredited) 1939-05-05
Movie The Light That Failed Bit Part 1939-12-24
Movie Way Down South Slave 1939-07-21
Movie Over the Wall Convict Playing Guitar 1938-04-02
Movie Kentucky Bill 1938-12-30
Movie Too Hot to Handle Native (uncredited) 1938-09-16
Movie Souls at Sea Ship Slave (uncredited) 1937-09-03
Movie Wells Fargo Sam - Coachman 1937-12-31
Movie Menace Kenya Manservant 1934-11-22
Movie King of the Arena Sambo 1933-06-01
Movie Haunted Gold Clarence Washington Brown 1932-12-17
Movie Guilty Hands Johnny (uncredited) 1931-08-22
Movie Lucky Larkin Hambone 1930-03-02
Movie Parade of the West Sambo 1930-01-19
Movie Weary River Prisoner in Bathtub (uncredited) 1929-02-10
Movie Black Magic Unit 1929-07-06
Movie Welcome Danger Thorne's Henchman (uncredited) 1929-10-12
Movie There It Is The Butler 1928-01-01
Movie The Smart Set Polo Fan 1928-03-24
Movie The Phantom City 'Blue' 1928-12-27
Movie Beggars of Life Black Mose (as Edgar Washington Blue) 1928-09-22
Movie The Blood Ship Negro 1927-07-18
Movie Haunted Spooks Unknown 1920-03-14
Movie Rowdy Ann The Train Porter 1919-05-24