James Baskett Overview:

Actor, James Baskett, was born on Feb 16, 1904 in Indianapolis, IN. Baskett died at the age of 44 on Jul 9, 1948 in Los Angeles, CA .

HONORS and AWARDS:

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However he won one Honorary Award in 1947 for his able and heart-warming characterization of Uncle Remus, friend and story teller to the children of the world in Walt Disney's Song of the South .

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, Happy Birthday! Born February 16th; 1904-1948 (2)

By C. S. Williams on Feb 16, 2014 From Classic Film Aficionados

accepting his Honorary Oscar from Ingrid Bergman An overlooked actor, whose best work has not been seen in the United States (excepting on VHS and DVD imports) since 1986. I of course am speaking of the still controversial Song of the South, 1946, a Walt Disney live action-animated fe... Read full article


, Happy Birthday! Born February 16th; 1904-1948

By C. S. Williams on Feb 16, 2014 From Classic Film Aficionados

accepting his Honorary Oscar from Ingrid Bergman An overlooked actor, whose best work has not been seen in the United States (excepting on VHS and DVD imports) since 1986. I of course am speaking of the still controversial Song of the South, 1946, a Walt Disney live action-animated ... Read full article


, Happy Birthday! Born February 16th; 1904-1948

By C. S. Williams on Feb 16, 2014 From Classic Film Aficionados

accepting his Honorary Oscar from Ingrid Bergman An overlooked actor, whose best work has not been seen in the United States (excepting on VHS and DVD imports) since 1986. I of course am speaking of the still controversial Song of the South, 1946, a Walt Disney live action-animated ... Read full article


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James Baskett Quotes:

Uncle Remus: [telling about Brer Rabbit being in a tight spot] Brer Rabbit, bein' little and without much strength, he's supposed to use his head 'stead of his foots.


[first lines]
Uncle Remus: There's other ways o' learnin' 'bout the behind feet of a mule than gettin' kicked by 'em, sure as I'm named Remus. And just 'cause these here tales is 'bout critters like Br'er Rabbit an' Br'er Fox, that don't mean they ain't the same like can happen to folks! So them who can't learn from a tale about critters, just ain't got the ears tuned for listenin'.


Uncle Remus: [singing] Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, zip-a-dee-ay / My, oh, my what a wonderful day / Plenty of sunshine heading my way / Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, zip-a-dee-ay / Mr. Bluebird's on my shoulder / It's the truth, it's actual / Everything is satisfactual / Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, zip-a-dee-ay / Wonderful feeling, wonderful day.


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James Baskett Facts
The first actor to win an Academy Award (although an honorary one) for his performance in a Walt Disney film.

First African-American male actor to be awarded an Academy Award.

Is one of two Disney stars buried in Crown Hill Cemetery in Indianapolis, Indiana. Bill Shirley, who played Prince Charming in Sleeping Beauty is the other. However, James Baskett is buried in a grave, and Bill Shirley is buried in the main mausoleum. There is a special plaque marking James Baskett's grave that talks about his role in Song of the South.

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