Godfrey Cambridge

Actor, Airplane-wing cleaner, Hot-rod racer
Heavyset (sometimes overweight), black player who began his career off-Broadway in "Take a Giant Step" (1956) and won acclaim, and an OBIE Award, for his performance in the all-star production of Jean Genet's "The ... Read more »
Born: 02/26/1933 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (19)

The President's Analyst 2008 (Movie)

Don Masters (Actor)

But... Seriously 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Scott Joplin 1977 (Movie)

Tom Turpin (Actor)

Friday Foster 1975 (Movie)

Ford Malotte (Actor)

Whiffs 1975 (Movie)

Dusty (Actor)

The Furst Family of Washington 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

The Many Faces of Comedy 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

Come Back, Charleston Blue 1972 (Movie)

Gravedigger Jones (Actor)

Beware the Blob 1971 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Biscuit Eater 1971 (Movie)

Willie Dorsey (Actor)

A Last Laugh at the 60's 1969 - 1970 (TV Show)

Actor

Cotton Comes to Harlem 1970 (Movie)

Gravedigger Jones (Actor)

Watermelon Man 1970 (Movie)

Jeff Gerber (Actor)

Bye Bye Braverman 1968 (Movie)

Taxi Cab Driver (Actor)

The Biggest Bundle of Them All 1967 (Movie)

Benny (Actor)

The Busy Body 1967 (Movie)

Mike (Actor)

Gone Are the Days 1963 (Movie)

Gitlow (Actor)

The Troublemaker 1963 (Movie)

Fire Inspector (Actor)

The Last Angry Man 1958 (Movie)

Nobody Home (Actor)

Biography

Heavyset (sometimes overweight), black player who began his career off-Broadway in "Take a Giant Step" (1956) and won acclaim, and an OBIE Award, for his performance in the all-star production of Jean Genet's "The Blacks" (1961) in which he played a black man who is transformed into an aged white woman. Adept at both ironic comedy and serious drama, Cambridge often starred in films with racial themes including the satirical "Watermelon Man" (1970) as a white bigot who wakes up to find himself suddenly turned into a black man. Cambridge, who was also memorable in "The President's Analyst" (1967), and "Cotton Comes to Harlem" (1970), died of a heart attack on the set of a TV movie in which he was playing Idi Amin Dada.

Relationships

Alexander Cambridge

Father
moved to NYC from British Guiana by way of Sydney, Nova Scotia

Sarah Cambridge

Mother
moved to NYC from British Guiana by way of Sydney, Nova Scotia

Barbara Teer

Wife
divorced

EDUCATION

attended grammar school in Sydney, Nova Scotia while staying with grandparents

Flushing High School

Flushing , New York
graduated

Hofstra University

Hempstead , New York
won a scholarship; acted in college production of "Macbeth"; encountered first brush with prejudice from fraternity; dropped out

City College of New York

New York , New York

Hofstra University

Hempstead , New York
won a scholarship; acted in college production of "Macbeth"; encountered first brush with prejudice from fraternity; dropped out

Milestones

1976

Died of heart attack on Warner Bros. set of "Victory at Entebbe" in which he was starring as Idi Amin

1964

Produced first record album, "Ready or Not, Here's Godfrey Cambridge"

1961

Breakthrough stage performance in Genet's "The Blacks"

1959

Screen acting debut in "The Last Angry Man"

1956

TV debut on "Naked City" and "You'll Never Get Rich" episodes

1956

Off-Broadway stage debut as bartender in "Take a Giant Step"

1946

Returned to NYC from Sydney, Nova Scotia

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