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Jester Hairston

  • Jul 09, 1901 - Jan 18, 2000 (age 98)
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2000
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Jester Hairston

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1989
Family Matters
TV ShowSep 22, 1989

Family Matters

Family Matters is an American television sitcom that …
Family Matters is an American television sitcom that originated on ABC from September 22, 1989 to May 9, 1997, before moving to CBS from September 19, 1997 to July 17, 1998. A spin-off of Perfect Strangers, the series revolves around the Winslow family, a middle-class African American family living in Chicago, Illinois. Midway through the first season, the show introduced the Winslows' nerdy neighbor Steve Urkel (Jaleel White), who quickly became its breakout character and eventually the show's main character. Having run for nine seasons, Family Matters became the second longest-running non-animated U.S. sitcom with a predominantly African-American cast, behind only The Jeffersons (11). Having aired 215 episodes, Family Matters is ranked third, behind only Tyler Perry's House of Payne (254), and The Jeffersons (253).
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1988
I'm Gonna Git You Sucka
MovieDec 16, 1988

I'm Gonna Git You Sucka

I'm Gonna Git You Sucka is …
I'm Gonna Git You Sucka is a 1988 American action comedy parody film of blaxploitation films written, directed by, and starring Keenen Ivory Wayans in his feature film directorial debut. Featured in the film are several noteworthy African-American actors who were part of the genre of blaxploitation: Jim Brown, Bernie Casey, Antonio Fargas, and Isaac Hayes. Other actors in the film are Kadeem Hardison, Ja'net Dubois, John Witherspoon, Damon Wayans, Clarence Williams III, and Chris Rock. The film is also the film debut of comedian Robin Harris who appears in as bartender.
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1986
Amen
TV ShowSep 27, 1986

Amen

Amen is an American sitcom produced by Carson …
Amen is an American sitcom produced by Carson Productions that aired on NBC from September 27, 1986 to May 11, 1991. Set in Sherman Hemsley's real-life hometown of Philadelphia, Amen stars Hemsley as the deacon of a church and was part of a wave of successful sitcoms on NBC in the 1980s and early 1990s which featured predominantly black casts – others included The Cosby Show, A Different World, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, and 227.
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1977
Green Eyes
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MovieJan 3, 1977

Green Eyes

Green Eyes is a 1977 American television film directed by …
Green Eyes is a 1977 American television film directed by John Erman and written by Eugene Logan and David Seltzer. It is a "touching and moving story" about an Vietnam veteran Lloyd Dubeck (Paul Winfield) who went through a soul searching journey.
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1976
The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings
MovieJul 16, 1976

The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Mo…

Tired of the slave-like …
Tired of the slave-like treatment of his team's owner, charismatic star Negro League pitcher Bingo Long takes to the road with his band of barnstormers through the small towns of the Midwest in the 1930's.
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1974
Harry O
TV ShowSep 12, 1974

Harry O

Harry O, sometimes spelled Harry-O, is an American private …
Harry O, sometimes spelled Harry-O, is an American private detective series that aired for two seasons on ABC from 1974 to 1976. The series starred David Janssen, and Jerry Thorpe was executive producer. Harry O followed the broadcast of two pilot films: firstly Such Dust as Dreams Are Made On (which aired on March 11, 1973) and secondly (with noticeable retooling) Smile Jenny, You're Dead (which aired on February 3, 1974), both starring Janssen.
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That's My Mama
TV ShowSep 4, 1974

That's My Mama

That's My Mama is an American television sitcom that was …
That's My Mama is an American television sitcom that was originally broadcast on the ABC network from September 4, 1974 until December 24, 1975. There are 39 episodes of this series. That's My Mama was never a ratings success. It was not one of the top 30 most-watched U.S. programs in the Nielsen ratings for either the 1974–1975 or 1975–1976 television seasons. As a result, the series ended on Christmas Eve of 1975. It was the first series to be produced by Columbia Pictures Television.
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1972
Lady Sings the Blues
MovieOct 12, 1972

Lady Sings the Blues

Born Elinore Harris, Billie Holiday had a difficult teen and …
Born Elinore Harris, Billie Holiday had a difficult teen and young adulthood period, which included working in brothels, both as a cleaning woman and a prostitute, and being raped. Through this difficulty, she dreamed of becoming a jazz singer. She got her initial singing break when she applied at a Harlem club that was looking for a dancer, but where she got hired as a singer. There, she met and fell in love with the suave Louis McKay. After this initial break, Billie wanted her singing career to move to the mainstream clubs in downtown Manhattan. She took a risk when she agreed to be the lead singer for the Reg Hanley Band, a primarily white group, who convinced her that she would have to make her mark in regional tours before her Manhattan dream could happen. As Billie tried to advance her career, pressures of life, including being a black woman, led to her not so secret substance abuse (especially of heroin), not so secret because of her increasingly erratic behavior, both on stage and off. As those around her, including Louis, worked to support Billie emotionally to get off drugs, Billie faced other issues, such as open narcotic use being a criminal offense, which in combination with the effects of the heroin use itself could be Billie's downfall despite her singing talent.
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1971
Nichols
TV ShowSep 16, 1971

Nichols

Nichols (also known as James Garner as Nichols) is an …
Nichols (also known as James Garner as Nichols) is an American Western television series starring James Garner. It was first broadcast in the United States on NBC during the 1971-72 season. Set in the fictional town of Nichols, Arizona, Nichols differed from traditional Western series. The time period was 1914, at the beginning of the motorized era and well after the decline of the "Old West". The main character, a sheriff also named Nichols, rode on a motorcycle and in an automobile rather than on the traditional horse. Nichols did not carry a firearm and was generally opposed to the use of violence to solve problems, preferring other means. Margot Kidder played his love interest, a barmaid named Ruth.
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1968
The Outcasts
TV ShowSep 23, 1968

The Outcasts

The Outcasts is an American Western genre television …
The Outcasts is an American Western genre television series, appearing on ABC in the 1968-69 season. The series stars Don Murray and Otis Young. It is most notable for being the first television Western with an African American co-star.
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1967
In the Heat of the Night
MovieAug 2, 1967

In the Heat of the Night

Virgil Tibbs is a Philadelphia …
Virgil Tibbs is a Philadelphia Homicide detective home to see his mother in the rural south. He is arrested on general principles when a rich white man is found dead, and Tibbs' being Black is enough reason. When his identity is established, his boss offers his services to the small town sheriff who has little experience with murder investigations. As the two policemen learn how to work together, they begin to make progress on the crime.
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1962
The Virginian
TV ShowSep 19, 1962

The Virginian

The Virginian (repackaged as The Men from Shiloh in its final …
The Virginian (repackaged as The Men from Shiloh in its final year) is an American Western television series starring James Drury, Doug McClure and Lee J. Cobb, which aired on the National Broadcasting Company (NBC) television network from 1962 to 1971 for a total of 249 episodes. It was a spin-off from a 1958 summer series called Decision. Filmed in color, The Virginian became television's first 90-minute Western series (75 minutes excluding commercial breaks). Cobb left the series after four seasons and was replaced over the years by mature character actors John Dehner, Charles Bickford, John McIntire and Stewart Granger portraying different characters.
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1961
Hazel
TV ShowSep 28, 1961

Hazel

Hazel is an American sitcom about a live-in maid named Hazel …
Hazel is an American sitcom about a live-in maid named Hazel Burke (played by Shirley Booth) and her employers, the Baxters. The five-season, 154-episode series aired in prime time from September 28, 1961, to April 11, 1966, and was produced by Screen Gems. The first four seasons of Hazel aired on NBC, and the fifth and final season aired on CBS. Season 1 was broadcast in black-and-white except for one episode which was in color, and seasons 2–5 were all broadcast in color. The show was based on the single-panel comic strip of the same name by cartoonist Ted Key, which appeared in The Saturday Evening Post.
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1960
The Alamo
MovieOct 24, 1960

The Alamo

In 1836, a small band of soldiers sacrifice their lives in …
In 1836, a small band of soldiers sacrifice their lives in hopeless combat against a massive army in order to prevent a tyrant from smashing the new Republic of Texas.
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Thriller
TV ShowSep 13, 1960

Thriller

Thriller (also known as Boris Karloff's Thriller) is an …
Thriller (also known as Boris Karloff's Thriller) is an American anthology television series that aired during the 1960–61 and 1961–62 seasons on NBC. The show featured host Boris Karloff introducing a mix of macabre horror tales and suspense thrillers.
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Raymie
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MovieJul 5, 1960

Raymie

Raymie (David Ladd), a nine-year-old boy and an avid …
Raymie (David Ladd), a nine-year-old boy and an avid fisherman, dreams of catching a legendary giant barracuda know as Old Moe. When he finally accomplishes the feat of landing Old Moe, he ...
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1959
Rawhide
TV ShowJan 9, 1959

Rawhide

Rawhide is an American Western TV series starring Eric …
Rawhide is an American Western TV series starring Eric Fleming and Clint Eastwood. The show aired for eight seasons on the CBS network on Friday nights, from January 9, 1959, to September 3, 1965, before moving to Tuesday nights from September 14, 1965, until January 4, 1966, with a total of 217 black-and-white episodes. The series was produced and sometimes directed by Charles Marquis Warren, who also produced early episodes of Gunsmoke.
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1958
Lux Playhouse
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TV ShowOct 3, 1958

Lux Playhouse

This filmed series of light comedies, romances and melodramas …
This filmed series of light comedies, romances and melodramas alternated on Friday nights with the "Schlitz Playhouse of Stars" between October 1958 and Sepetmeber 1959.
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1957
The Court of Last Resort
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TV ShowOct 4, 1957

The Court of Last Resort

The Court of Last Resort is …
The Court of Last Resort is an American television dramatized court show which aired October 4, 1957 – April 11, 1958, on NBC. It was co-produced by Erle Stanley Gardner's Paisano Productions, which also brought forth the long-running hit CBS-TV law series, Perry Mason. Its approach to dealing with potential miscarriages of justice in an entirely extra-judicial format was adopted by the BBC series Rough Justice in the 1980s.
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The Thin Man
TV ShowSep 20, 1957

The Thin Man

The Thin Man is a half-hour weekly television series based on …
The Thin Man is a half-hour weekly television series based on the mystery novel The Thin Man (1933) by Dashiell Hammett. The 72 episodes were produced by MGM Television and broadcast by NBC for two seasons from 1957–1959 on Friday evening. It was the first TV series produced by MGM.
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Have Gun – Will Travel
TV ShowSep 14, 1957

Have Gun – Will Travel

Have Gun – Will Travel is an …
Have Gun – Will Travel is an American Western series that was produced and originally broadcast by CBS on both television and radio from 1957 through 1963. The television version of the series was rated number three or number four in the Nielsen ratings every year of its first four seasons, and it is one of the few shows in television history to spawn a successful radio version. That radio series debuted November 23, 1958, more than a year after the premiere of its televised counterpart.
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1955
Screen Directors Playhouse
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TV ShowOct 5, 1955

Screen Directors Playhouse

Screen Directors Playhouse …
Screen Directors Playhouse (sometimes written as Screen Directors' Playhouse) is an American radio and television anthology series which brought leading Hollywood actors to the NBC microphones beginning in 1949. The radio program broadcast adaptations of films, with original directors of the films sometimes involved in the productions, although their participation was usually limited to introducing the radio adaptations and taking a brief "curtain call" with the cast and host at the end of the program. During the 1955–56 season, the series was seen on television, focusing on original teleplays and several adaptations of famous short stories (such as Robert Louis Stevenson's "Markheim").
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The 20th Century Fox Hour
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TV ShowOct 5, 1955

The 20th Century Fox Hour

The 20th Century Fox Hour …
The 20th Century Fox Hour is an American drama anthology series televised in the United States on CBS from 1955 to 1957. Some of the shows in this series were restored, remastered and shown on the Fox Movie Channel in 2002 under the title Hour of Stars (its title when the series was originally syndicated after 1957). The season one episode Overnight Haul, starring Richard Conte and Lizabeth Scott, was released in Australia as a feature film.
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Gunsmoke
TV ShowSep 10, 1955

Gunsmoke

Gunsmoke is an American radio and television Western …
Gunsmoke is an American radio and television Western drama series created by director Norman Macdonnell and writer John Meston. The stories take place in and around Dodge City, Kansas, during the settlement of the American West. The central character is lawman Marshal Matt Dillon, played by William Conrad on radio and James Arness on television. When aired in the UK, the television series was initially titled Gun Law, later reverting to Gunsmoke.
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1954
Studio 57
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TV ShowSep 21, 1954

Studio 57

Studio 57 (also known as Heinz Studio 57) is an American …
Studio 57 (also known as Heinz Studio 57) is an American anthology series that was broadcast on the now-defunct DuMont Television Network from September 1954 to July 1955, and in syndication from 1955 to 1958.
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Gypsy Colt
MovieMar 3, 1954

Gypsy Colt

A beautiful spirited horse is so devoted to his young …
A beautiful spirited horse is so devoted to his young mistress that he undertakes an incredible 500-mile journey over treacherous terrain to be reunited with her.
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1953
You Are There
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TV ShowFeb 1, 1953

You Are There

Walter Cronkite hosted the reenactments of historical …
Walter Cronkite hosted the reenactments of historical events. Shows included "The Landing of the Hindenburg", "The Salem Witchcraft Trials", "The Gettysburg Address", "The Fall of Troy", and "The Scuttling of the Graf Spee".
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Your Favorite Story
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TV ShowJan 11, 1953

Your Favorite Story

Your Favorite Story is a TV anthology series that was …
Your Favorite Story is a TV anthology series that was broadcast in the United States from 1953 to 1955. It was premiered in December 1954 with the title Your Favorite Playhouse. This program was adapted from the radio show Favorite Story which ran from 1946 to 1949. The program's 25 episodes were hosted and narrated by Adolphe Menjou, who also acted in several episodes. It featured episodes originally written by Leonard St. Clair, William Makepeace Thackeray, Mary Roberts Rinehart and Frank R. Stockton.
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1950
Glory Filled Spirituals
MovieMay 12, 1950

Glory Filled Spirituals

The 12th of 16 musical …
The 12th of 16 musical shorts directed and produced by W. Lee Wilder featuring traditional southern-USA church spirituals and folk-music. A Negro chorus directed by Jester Hairston (as ...
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1949
Cherished Melodies
MovieDec 31, 1949

Cherished Melodies

The seventh of 16 musical shorts directed and produced by W. …
The seventh of 16 musical shorts directed and produced by W. Lee Wilder featuring traditional southern-USA church spirituals and folk-music. A Negro chorus directed by Jester Hairston (as Jester J. Hairston), lends their expert voices in their renditions of...(all spellings exactly as seen and heard on the film, and in the copyrights)..."My Old Kentucky Home" and "Oh, Dem Golden Slippers."
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Treasured Ballads
MovieJul 22, 1949

Treasured Ballads

The first of 16 musical shorts directed and produced by W. …
The first of 16 musical shorts directed and produced by W. Lee Wilder featuring traditional southern-USA church spirituals and folk-music. An unidentified chorus directed by Jester Hairston lend their expert voices to various spiritual songs.
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1939
Isabelle Margaret Swanigan
Marriage1939

Isabelle Margaret Swanigan

Married Isabelle Margaret Swanigan.
1936
Deep South
MovieSep 20, 1936

Deep South

Deep South released.
1901
Jester Hairston
BirthJuly 1901

Jester Hairston

Jester Hairston was born.
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