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Character actor, Scatman Crothers, was born Benjamin Sherman Crothers on May 23, 1910 in Terre Haute, IN. Crothers appeared in over 120 film and television roles. His best known films include Disney's The Aristocats (the voice of Scat Cat), One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (as Turkie) and The Shining (as Dick Hallorann). He also was the voice of Hong Kong Phooey in the cartoon series of the same name (1974) -- and Louie the Garbage Man on the hit TV sitcom Chico and the Man (1974-1978). Crothers died at the age of 76 on Nov 22, 1986 in Van Nuys, CA .


Scatman Crothers was an engaging American musician and spare-time actor. A singer-drummer-musician at local speakeasies when only 14 years old, Crothers had formed his own band by the 1930s -- and has since written hundreds of tunes. He appeared in some films in the 1950s and 1060s but, after supplying the voice for Scatcat in Disney's "The Aristocats" (1970), he brought his infectious grin and husky tones to a good range of screen veteran characterizations. His name derives from the jazz word "scatting", improvising nonsense syllables to a melody.

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



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

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Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives." Volume Two, 1986-1990, pages 215-216. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1999.

He appeared as a guest musician on the local music program, "The Spade Cooley Show" (1958). Cooley, a white Western swing musician, hosted the show for a local Los Angeles TV station.

Was close friends with Jack Nicholson

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