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Ernest Anderson

  • Born on
    • August 25th, 1915
  • Died on
    • March 5th, 2011
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.

Filmography

Acting (11 Credits)

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1970Tick, Tick, Tick as Homer
1962What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? as Ernie, Ice Cream Vendor at Beach (uncredited)
1959North by Northwest as Porter on Twentieth Century Ltd. (uncredited)
1952The Iron Mistress as Riverboat Cabin Boy
1951The Well as Ralph Crawford
1951I Was a Communist for the F.B.I. as Black Man (uncredited)
1950No Way Out as School Teacher (uncredited)
1950Buccaneer's Girl as Footman
1947Riffraff as Wong - Houseboy (uncredited)
1943Princess O'Rourke as Messenger (uncredited)
1942In This Our Life as Parry Clay

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