Mabel King

Actor, Singer
With a legacy of laughter-inducing roles, Mabel King was known for her rich movie career. Known for making audiences laugh, King began her acting career in comedies like "Don't Play Us Cheap" (1972) with Esther Rolle ... Read more »
Born: 12/25/1932 in Charleston, South Carolina, USA

Filmography

Actor (14)

Dead Men Don't Die 1991 (Movie)

Chafuka (Actor)

Scrooged 1988 (Movie)

Gramma (Actor)

NBC Presents the AFI Comedy Special 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

All the Money in the World 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Getting Over 1980 (Movie)

Mabel Queen (Actor)

The Gong Show Movie 1980 (Movie)

Mabel (Actor)

The Jerk 1979 (Movie)

Mother (Actor)

What's Happening! 1975 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

The Wiz 1978 (Movie)

Evillene (Actor)

Scott Joplin 1977 (Movie)

Madam Amy (Actor)

Ganja and Hess 1973 (Movie)

Queen of Myrthia (Actor)

Don't Play Us Cheap 1971 (Movie)

Mrs Bowser (Actor)

The Jerk, Too (TV Show)

Actor
Music (1)

Ganja and Hess 1973 (Movie)

("March Blues") (Song Performer)

Biography

With a legacy of laughter-inducing roles, Mabel King was known for her rich movie career. Known for making audiences laugh, King began her acting career in comedies like "Don't Play Us Cheap" (1972) with Esther Rolle and "The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars and Motor Kings" (1976) with Billy Dee Williams and James Earl Jones. She worked in series television while getting her start in acting, including a part on "What's Happening!" (ABC, 1975-79). She continued to act in productions like the musical "The Wiz" (1978) with Diana Ross, "The Jerk" (1979) with Steve Martin and the comedy "The Gong Show Movie" (1980) with Chuck Barris. She also appeared in "Getting Over" (1981). She also was featured in the TV movie "The Jerk, Too" (NBC, 1983-84). King last acted in the Elliott Gould comedy "Dead Men Don't Die" (1991). King passed away in November 1999 at the age of 67.

Relationships

Larry King

Son
died in 19965

Rosalee Washington

Mother
survived her

Rose Washington

Sister
survived her

Milestones

1979

Cast as Steve Martin's mother in "The Jerk"

1976

Played Mrs. Thomas in the ABC sitcom "What's Happening!"

1975

Played Evilena, the Wicked Witch, in the all-black stage musical "The Wiz"

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