Film/TV

Black actors, directors, producers, and writers within the industry.

Chris Rock, straight comedy (no chaser)


Chris Rock

*On this date in 1966, Chris Rock was born. He is an African America comedian, author, recording artist, actor, and talk show host.

Lillian Randolph, a film and television jewel


Lilian Randolph

Lillian Randolph was born on this date in 1898. She was an African American actress.

Born in Louisville, KY, she and her older sister Amanda were very successful stage and film performers. Her guest star roles include: "Here Comes the Bride" and "There Goes the Bride" (1972); "Sanford and Son" as Aunt Hazel; "Tenafly"as Aunt Gertrude (1973); "The Six Million Dollar Man" as Landlady; Clark Templeton O'Flaherty (1975); "The Jeffersons" as Emma — Mother Jefferson's Birthday (1976).

Beah Richards, award winning actress


Beah Richards

The birth of Beah Richards in 1920 is celebrated on this date. She was an African American actress and poet.

Teresa Graves, a versatile actress


Teresa Graves

*Teresa Graves, an African American singer and actress, was born on this date in 1949.

She was born in Houston. She started her career as a singer with the Doodletown Pipers. Later she turned to acting full time. Graves’ first big television appearance was on Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In program in 1969 and 1970. Graves appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show and on several Bob Hope television specials in 1970 and 1971; she had a feature role in "The Funny Side," a television series in 1971 and 1972.

Ted Ross, actor and gentleman


Ted Ross

Ted Ross, an African American entertainer, was born on this date in 1934.

Theodore “Ted” Ross was from Zanesville, Ohio, but his mother, Elizabeth Russell, a nightclub singer in the 1920s and 1930s, moved the family to Dayton when young Ross was seven. He loved the clubs on West Fifth Street--Dayton’s answer to Harlem in the first half of the 20th century. While in junior high, Ross, who was big for his age, would dress up and strut into the Owl Club and The Palace Theater's Midnight Rambles to see great acts such as Duke Ellington.

From Missouri to Hollywood, Lincoln Kilpatrick


Lincoln Kilpatrick

*Lincoln Kilpatrick was born on this date in 1932. He was an African American actor. From St. Louis, Missouri, he was the brother of actor John Kilpatrick.

He graduated from Lincoln U. in Jefferson City, Mo., and eventually costarred with Sidney Poitier in the Broadway hit "A Raisin in the Sun." He went on to roles in James Baldwin's "Blues for Mr. Charlie," "The Slave" and "The Blacks," which featured Louis Gossett Jr. and Cicely Tyson. He switched gears in the 1970s, appearing in films such as "Cool Breeze," "Soul Soldier" and "Uptown Saturday Night."

Everybodys "Aunt," LaWanda Page


LaWanda Page

LaWanda Page was born on this date in 1920. She was an African American comedic character actress.

Born in Cleveland and raised in St. Louis, Page began her career as a dancer and chorus girl billed as “the Bronze Goddess of Fire,” and later became a stand-up comic. Her greatest fame began in her 1950s when comedian Redd Foxx, a childhood friend, asked her to join his Norman Lear sitcom adapted from the British series “Steptoe and Son.” Page signed on as Fred Sanford's crusty sister-in-law, Esther Anderson, in 1973, and stayed with “Sanford and Son” until the series ended in 1977.

Actress Isabel Sanford born


Isabel Sanford

*On this date in 1917 Isabel Sanford was born. She is an African American actress.

From New York City, Sanford's life story is the type that those in show business enjoy because it gives the struggling artist hope. After education in New York, she joined the Star Players (later the American Negro Theater) in the 1930s. Sanford worked with them until World War II started and the theater temporarily split up. After the war, Sanford had home obligations that put her career on hold. But her husband's death was inspiration for Sanford's dream.

Alvin Childress, actor from the Delta


Alvin Childress

*Alvin Childress was born on this date in 1907. He was an African American Actor.

One of Kentucky's finest, Amanda Randolph


Amanda Randolph

Amanda Randolph was born on this date in 1896. She was an African American actress.