Thanks for the reminder. I saw some of this on the IFC channel a while ago.jake_fink said:
Feraud said:Regarding typecasting.. Hollywood certainly did typecast white actors as individuals but black actors were/are typecast as a group. A big difference.
blacklagoon said:I remember hearing that the black actors,like Bill Bojangles Robinson,who starred in the shirley temple films,were not allowed sleeping accomodation while filming,and had to sleep under the stars and wherever they could find shelter.I do not know if that is true though,or just gossip and rumour,but i have heard it quite a lot over the years from shirley temple fans around my area.Even the children had to sleep rough:rage: if that is true,it is a massive blot on hollywoods history.
scotrace said:Up through about 1950...?
Josephine said:I'm always... I don't want to say amazed, or astounded, more pleased and happy when I watch Doctor Who. They have multiple nationalities/colors of people in their show. They had an Indian woman playing the Head of PR. Not because they needed a person from India, but because she was the best one for the job.
K.D. Lightner said:I recall Bill Cosby, who was in I Spy back in the mid-60's played a sidekick to I believe it was Robert Culp. Non-stereotypical, I believe.
One of the earliest black characters I recall on an early 50's TV series was Eddie "Rochester" Anderson who played a manservant to Jack Benny. He had a stereotypical role, but got some of the funniest lines, causing Benny to give the audience "that look."
Are we discussing African Americans or all people of color in Hollywood? Asian Americans were in short supply. I recall Anna May Wong, who usually played mysterious and sometimes sinister roles. Wasn't Charlie Chan played by a white man? If it was a lead, Katherine Hepburn or Louise Rainer got the role.
Then, of course, there are the Native Americans, who, if they were really good roles, got played by white people: Burt Lancaster in Apache, Jeff Chandler in Broken Arrow, Sal Mineo in Tonka. Etc.
Hispanics? I recall the actress Katy Jurado, who was in High Noon, Pedro Armidarez, who was one of John Ford's stock characters in a number of westerns. Anthony Quinn was Mexican and did play a lot of Hispanic roles, as well as Greek (Guns of Navaronne, Zorba the Greek). He won a best supporting actor for Viva Zapata. Who played the leading in that film? Marlon Brando....