Meadowlark Lemon

Meadow "Meadowlark" Lemon, Jr. , was born on Apr. 25, 1932, in Wilmington, NC. After graduating from the local Williston Primary and Industrial School in 1952, Lemon enrolled briefly in Florida AM University before ... Read more »
Born: 04/25/1932 in Wilmington, North Carolina, USA

Filmography

Actor (8)

Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel (04/16/01) 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Gaither Gospel Hour: Mountain Homecoming 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Harlem Globetrotters 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

That's TV 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

Crash Island 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Hello, Larry 1978 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Modern Romance 1981 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh 1979 (Movie)

Reverend Grady Jackson (Actor)

Biography

Meadow "Meadowlark" Lemon, Jr. , was born on Apr. 25, 1932, in Wilmington, NC. After graduating from the local Williston Primary and Industrial School in 1952, Lemon enrolled briefly in Florida A&M University before enlisting in the U.S. Army, with which he served two years in West Germany and Austria. Upon his return to America in 1954, Lemon joined the Kansas City All-Stars, and shortly afterward, the Harlem Globetrotters. Lemon gained renown for his association with the team, earning stature as the Globetrotters' star player over the span of his 23 years therewith. During this period, Lemon appeared on the animated series "Harlem Globe Trotters" (CBS 1970-72), though only with occasional background vocals; the Meadowlark Lemon character was voiced regularly by actor Scatman Crothers. However, Lemon did star properly on "The Harlem Globetrotters Popcorn Machine" (CBS 1974-75) alongside his teammates. Shortly after leaving the Globetrotters in 1978, Lemon made his feature film acting debut in "The Fish that Saved Pittsburgh" (1979) and made a brief recurring stint on the sitcom "Hello, Larry" (NBC 1979-1980). Lemon was ordained as a Christian minister in 1986, and received a Doctor of Divinity two years after. Between 1993 and '94, Lemon played one final season with the Harlem Globetrotters, participating in approximately 50 games. Lemon died on Dec. 27, 2015 at age 83.

EDUCATION

Florida A&M University

Milestones

1979

Appeared in the comedy sports film "The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh."

1974

Appeared as himself on the television series "The Harlem Globetrotters Popcorn Machine"

1954

Served as star of the Harlem Globetrotters comedy basketball team.

Bonus Trivia

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Spent two years in West Germany and Austria with the U.S. Army, between 1952 and 1954.

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Became an ordained minister in 1986, and earned a Doctor of Divinity in 1988.

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Was referred to by basketball legend Grant Hill as the greatest basketball player of all time.

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