Frederick O'Neal

Actor, Union president, Professor
A veteran black American stage actor who also worked in film and TV, Frederick O'Neal had his greatest impact on the industry as a union leader: he was president emeritus of Actors' Equity Association and Associated ... Read more »
Born: 08/26/1905 in Brooksville, Mississippi, USA

Filmography

Actor (8)

Cotton Comes to Harlem 1970 (Movie)

Casper (Actor)

The Patriots 1963 - 1964 (TV Show)

Actor

The Sins of Rachel Cade 1961 (Movie)

Buderga (Actor)

Take a Giant Step 1958 (Movie)

Lem Scott (Actor)

Anna Lucasta 1957 (Movie)

Frank (Actor)

Something of Value 1957 (Movie)

Adam Marenga (Actor)

Pinky 1949 (Movie)

Jake Walters (Actor)

Tarzan's Peril (Movie)

Tribal Chief (Actor)

Biography

A veteran black American stage actor who also worked in film and TV, Frederick O'Neal had his greatest impact on the industry as a union leader: he was president emeritus of Actors' Equity Association and Associated Actors and Artistes of America. O'Neal was also a major figure in the black theater in New York City and London, where he founded and organized several theater companies and cultural organizations. The American Negro Theater, which O'Neal co-founded, gave a start to the careers of Harry Belafonte and Sidney Poitier. O'Neal's feature credits include Elia Kazan's "Pinky" (1949), Richard Brooks' "Something of Value" (1958), "Anna Lucasta" (1958), and Ossie Davis' "Cotton Comes to Harlem" (1970). O'Neal was also a regular on the 1960s cop sitcom, "Car 54, Where Are You?".

Relationships

Charlotte Hainey

Wife
survived him

EDUCATION

American Theatre Wing

New York , New York

attended public schools in Brooksville, MS and St Louis, MO

Milestones

1990

Received a special tribute from the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame

1975

Inducted into the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame

1963

Starred in melodrama entitled "Free, White, and 21"

1962

Appeared as a series regular as Officer Wallace on the sitcom, "Car 54, Where Are You?"

1958

Recreated the role of Frank in the film version of "Anna Lucasta" starring Eartha Kitt and Sammy Davis Jr

1957

Appeared as Moses in the NBC-TV version of "The Green Pastures" for the "Hallmark Hall of Fame"

1949

Made feature debut as Jake Walters in Elia Kazan's "Pinky"

1948

Initiated and helped organize the British Negro Theater

1947

Recreated the role again in a production at His Majesty's Theater in London

1944

Recreated the role of Frank in a London production of "Anna Lucasta"

1943

Debuted on Broadway in Philip Yordan's "Anna Lucasta" in the role of Frank

1940

Co-founded the American Negro Theater

1936

Moved to New York City

1927

Made first professional stage appearance, in St. Louis

1927

Organized the Aldridge Players, a community theater

1920

Moved with his family from Mississippi to St Louis MO

Appeared in several productions of the American Negro Theater

Served as president of the Associated Actors and Artistes

Served in the US military during World War II

Performed at the Civic Repertory Theater

Served as president of Actors' Equity Association

Bonus Trivia

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O'Neal was president of the Catholic Interracial Council.

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He was a chairman and organizer of the Harlem Cultural Council.

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O'Neal was vice president of the Catholic Actors' Guild.

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He served on the advisory board of the Actors' Fund of America.

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O'Neal was a visiting professor at Southern Illinois University.

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O'Neal was a visiting professor at Clark College in Atlanta, GA.

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O'Neal wrote several feature articles for periodicals and newspapers. He wrote "The Negro in American Theater" for the US Information Service.

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He was vice president and a executive council member of the AFL-CIO (1969-88)

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He was chairman of the AFL-CIO Civil Rights Committee.

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