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Character actor, Stepin Fetchit, was born Lincoln Theodore Monroe Andrew Perry on May 30, 1902 in Key West, FL. Fetchit died at the age of 83 on Nov 19, 1985 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles .

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Stepin Fetchit was a gloomy-looking actor who, after beginning his career in minstrel shows, had great success as the slow-moving character 'Gummy' in "Hearts in Dixie" (1929) and repeated it over and over again. Although reviled in later years over his 'Yas'm Iaz comin' image, Fetchit became the first great black Hollywood star, at one time owning six houses and a fleet of limousines (including a pink one) although he went bankrupt in 1945. He tried a comeback in the 1950s, but his image was passe.

(Source: available at Amazon Quinlan's Illustrated Dictionary of Film Character Actors).

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He was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Motion Pictures.

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Snowshoes: [frightened in the darkened tomb] Can't we see better with the lights on?


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Stepin Fetchit Facts
Despite the strong criticisms he received during the civil rights era over his playing to the worst stereotypes of blacks, in later years he was praised for his part in opening doors for black actors, notably receiving the Special Image Award by the NAACP. He was elected to the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame in 1978.

He claimed 1902 as the year he was born, although other sources say 1896 or 1898.

Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume One, 1981-1985, pages 271-273. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1998.

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