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: Once upon a time - not your time, nor yet my time, but one time - I was goin' fishin', and I was just thinking how the flowers and critters was curious things. They can look into your heart and tell when it sings, if it's whistling a tune, or singing a song, and they all say "Howdy" when you come along.


Uncle Remus: Yes sir, that's the way with Br'er Rabbit, sure as I'm named Remus. About the time he get it stuck in his mind that there ain't nobody can outdo him, up somebody'd jump an' do him scan'lous. "What you laughin' 'bout?" says Br'er Fox, says he. An' Br'er Rabbit, he couldn't say nothin'. "Well, then," says Br'er Fox, says he, "I'll settle your hash right now!" And with that, he grab Br'er Rabbit by the tail and made for to dash 'im agin' the ground. But just then, Br'er Rabbit's tail snap off real short, an' he tuck through the cotton patch like the dogs was after 'im. An' from that day to this, the only tail that Br'er Rabbit's got to his name was a little ol' ball o' cotton.


Uncle Remus: Appears to me like you's figurin' on goin' someplace.
Johnny: I am, and nobody's gonna stop me.
Uncle Remus: Well, now, if that don't bang my time. You know, I was just figurin' on somethin' like that myself. How'd you like ol' Uncle Remus to go along with you?
[They start to go off together]
Uncle Remus: Now, let's see now. Where is we figurin' on goin'? How can we be goin' someplace if we don't know where we's goin'?
Johnny: I'm going to Atlanta.
Uncle Remus: Hmm, powerful long walk to Atlanta. Is you brung some grub?
Johnny: No.
Uncle Remus: Well, now... if we ain't got no grub, we sure can't get very far.


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James Baskett Facts
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.

He did not attend the premiere of "Song of the South" in Atlanta because as an African American he would not have been allowed to participate in any of the festivities in that racially segregated city.

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