Minnie Gentry

Actor
Durable African-American actor who began in segregated, all-black theater at an early age, and well over half a century later was still racking up credits in features like "The Bad Lieutenant" (1992). For many years ... Read more »
Born: 12/01/1915 in Norfolk, Virginia, USA

Filmography

Actor (15)

Here and Now 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Bad Lieutenant 1992 (Movie)

Elderly Woman (Actor)

Def By Temptation 1990 (Movie)

Grandma (Actor)

Law & Order 1990 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Cosby Show 1990 (Tv Show)

Actor

Apprentice to Murder 1988 (Movie)

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America 1986 (Movie)

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The Brother From Another Planet 1984 (Movie)

Mrs Brown (Actor)

Greased Lightning 1977 (Movie)

Mrs Scott (Actor)

Sojourner 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

Black Caesar 1973 (Movie)

Mama Gibbs (Actor)

Come Back, Charleston Blue 1972 (Movie)

Her Majesty (Actor)

Georgia, Georgia 1970 (Movie)

Alberta Anderson (Actor)

Hollow Image (TV Show)

Actor

Just an Old Sweet Song (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Durable African-American actor who began in segregated, all-black theater at an early age, and well over half a century later was still racking up credits in features like "The Bad Lieutenant" (1992). For many years Gentry worked primarily on the stage, in plays ranging from "Lysistrata" and "Medea" to a revival of "A Raisin in the Sun". Feature film work did not begin until late middle age, but Gentry made her dignified, charming and strong presence visible in a number of media in the years that followed. For many she is probably best for her touching work as Great Aunt Gramtee, a recurring role she played during the 1989-90 season on the hit sitcom, "The Cosby Show".

Relationships

Lloyd Gentry

Husband

Marjorie Hawkins

Daughter
survived her

Terrence Howard Actor

Grandson

Milestones

1992

Last feature film role, in "The Bad Lieutenant"

1992

Last TV appearance, on a episode of the short-lived comedy series, "Here and Now"

1970

First notable feature film role, recreating the part she had played onstage in "Georgia, Georgia"

1970

Received acclaim when she played Lena Younger in an off-Broadway revival of "A Raisin in the Sun"

1961

Returned to the Karamu Playhouse; continued performing with them until 1961

1946

Appeared on Broadway in a production of "Lysistrata" with Sidney Poitier

Joined the Gilpin Players through her future husband, Lloyd Gentry; was a company which performed at Cleveland's Karamu Playhouse; appeared in dramatic and musical roles for over 30 years

Grew up in Cleveland, Ohio; played in operettas and sang in church choirs

Played Great Aunt Gramtee for a season on the popular sitcom, "The Cosby Show"

Was busy in a number of roles during the late 1960s and early 70s dealing with race relations ("Black Girl", "The Gentleman Caller"); also played the title role in an off-Broadway of "Medea"

Bonus Trivia

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In addition to her daughter, Gentry had three grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren who survived her.

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