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Ernest Anderson

Ernest Anderson was born in Lynn MA and earned his high school diploma in Washington D.C. at Dunbar High School, formerly named The Preparatory High School for Colored Youth. Founded in 1891, it was America's first public high school for black students. He earned his bachelor's degree at Northwestern University's School of Drama and Speech. He moved to Hollywood and was working in the service department when Bette Davis arranged for him to interview for the role of Perry Clay in the film "In This Our Life" (1942). Mr. Anderson persuaded the director, John Huston, to change the racist dialog of his character typical of Hollywood in that era, to one of dignified intelligence and emotion. After serving his country in WWII, he returned to Warner Brothers where he continued to humanize the roles of America's black performers. He remained active in film until the late 1960's. He died in DeLand, Florida, on March 5, 2011.

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Aug 25, 1915 In Lynn, Massachusetts, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Lost in the Jungle 1911-10-25
Latest Project:
Movie The Return 1980-03-31
Known For
Poster of Last of the Good Guys
Poster of What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?
Poster of Fear No More
Poster of Princess O'Rourke
Movie The Return Dr. Mortorff 1980-03-31
Movie A Last Cry for Help 1979-01-19
Movie Coma First Doctor 1978-01-06
Movie Last of the Good Guys Uncle Stan 1978-03-07
Movie … tick… tick… tick… Homer 1970-01-09
Movie The Great White Hope Mrs. Jefferson's Friend (uncredited) 1970-10-11
Movie What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? Ernie, Ice Cream Vendor at Beach (uncredited) 1962-10-12
Movie Fear No More Train Porter 1961-11-01
Movie North by Northwest Porter on Twentieth Century Ltd. (uncredited) 1959-07-08
Movie Three for Bedroom C Fred Johnson 1952-06-26
Movie The Iron Mistress Riverboat Cabin Boy 1952-11-19
Movie The Well Ralph Crawford 1951-09-24
Movie I Was a Communist for the FBI Black Man (uncredited) 1951-05-02
Movie Buccaneer's Girl Footman 1950-03-01
Movie No Way Out School Teacher (uncredited) 1950-08-16
Movie Riff-Raff Wong - Houseboy (uncredited) 1947-06-28
Movie Without Reservations Dining Car Waiter (uncredited) 1946-05-13
Movie Princess O'Rourke Messenger (uncredited) 1943-10-23
Movie In This Our Life Parry Clay 1942-05-08
Movie Lost in the Jungle Hans 1911-10-25