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Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson ACTOR


Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson was born on September 18th, 1905 in Oakland, California with the birth name Edmund L. Anderson, born to 'Big Ed' and Ella Mae Anderson.  
He began his career in the entertainment industry at the age of fourteen appearing with an African-American revue and later performed as a vaudeville performer with his older brother.  This experience eventually lead to performing in theaters in New York and then making the moved out west to perform at he Los Angeles Cotton Club.
Anderson soon broke into the film industry appearing in un-credited roles in such films as, "False Faces" (1932) starring Lowell Sherman, Peggy Shannon and Lila Lee, "Billion Dollar Scandal" (1933) starring Robert Armstrong, Constance Cummings, Olga Baclanova, Frank Morgan, James Gleason, Irving Pichel Sidney Toler and Frank Albertson, "Terror Aboard" (1933) starring John Halliday, Charlie Ruggles, Shirley Grey, Neil Hamilton, Jack La Rue, Verree Teasdale and Stanley Fields and "The Gay Bride" (1934) starring Carole Lombard and Chester Morris.
His first feature role was in 1936 in the film, "The Green Pastures" starring Rex Ingram, Edna Mae Harris and Oscar Polk and then he really began to reach a new level of popularity when he was first cast as a guest on the radio as part of "The Jack Benny Program", partnered with comedian, Jack Benny in 1938.  This was his big career break and he was so loved by viewers, he became a part of the radio show as a regular cast member portraying character, Rochester. 
Along with working on the radio, Anderson continued adding film credits to his resume.  Some of his more well known feature film roles were in, "Show Boat" (1936) starring Irene Dunne, Paul Robeson, Allan Jones, Helen Morgan, Charles Middleton, J. Farrell MacDonald, Clarence Muse and Hattie McDaniel just to name a few, "Bill Cracks Down" (1937) starring Grant Withers, Beatrice Roberts, Judith Allen, Ranny Weeks, William Newell, Pierre Watkin, Roger Williams and Georgia Caine, "You Can't Take it with You" (1938) starring Jean Arthur, Lionel Barrymore, James Stewart, Edward Arnold, Ann Miller, Spring Byington, Dub Taylor, Mischa Auer and Ward Bond, "Kentucky" (1938), "Jezebel" (1938) starring alongside Bette Davis, Henry Fonda, George Brent, Margaret Lindsay, Donald Crisp, Richard Cromwell, Irving Pichel, John Litel, Henry O'Neill and Fay Bainter, "Gone With the Wind" (1939) starring Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Olivia de Havilland, Leslie Howard, Thomas Mitchell, Rand Brooks, George Reeves, Hattie McDaniel, Butterfly McQueen, Ann Rutherford, Victor Jory, Ward Bond, Cliff Edwards and Yakima Canutt, "Man About Town" (1939) starring Jack Benny, Dorothy Lamour, Edward Arnold, Binnie Barnes, Phil Harris, Monty Woolley, Isabel Jeans and Betty Grable, "Buck Benny Rides Again" (1940) starring Jack Benny, Ellen Drew, Andy Devine, Phil Harris, Virginia Dale, Lillian Cornell and Dennis Day, "Love Thy Neighbor" (1940), "Birth of the Blues" (1941) starring Bing Crosby, Mary Martin and Brian Donlevy, "Tales of Manhattan" (1942) starring alongside Charles Boyer, Henry Fonda, Charles Laughton, Edward G. Robinson, Ethel Waters, Paul Robeson, Rita Hayworth, Ginger Rogers, Thomas Mitchell, Eugene Pallette, Roland Young, Marion Martin, Elsa Lanchester, George Sanders, Victor Francen, W.C. Fields, James Gleason, Gail Patrick, Frank Orth, Clarence Muse, J. Carrol Naish, Morris Ankrum and Cesar Romero, "Cabin in the Sky" (1943) co-starring Ethel Waters, Lena Horne, Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong and "Stormy Weather" (1943) starring Lena Horne, Bill 'Bojangles' Robinson, Cab Calloway, Fats Waller, Katherine Dunham, Ada Brown, Dooley Wilson and the Nicholas Brothers dancing duo. 
After appearing in the films, "I Love a Bandleader" (1945) starring Phil Harris and Leslie Brooks, "The Sailor Takes a Wife" (1945) starring Robert Walker, June Allyson and Hume Cronyn and "The Show-Off" (1946) co-starring Red Skelton, Marjorie Main, Virginia O'Brien and Marilyn Maxwell, Anderson began to work on numerous television shows, such as, "The Red Skelton Hour", "Shower of the Stars", "Bachelor Father" and "The Jack Benny Program", which aired from 1950 through 1965 and a total of 176 episodes.
After the end of this popular series, he remained working in the industry with his most recent work being on the television series, "Love, American Style", "Harlem Globe Trotters" and voice over work for the animated, "The New Scooby-Doo Movies".
He was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his contribution to radio and he was also inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 2001.   
Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson married once and had a total of four children, one whom was adopted.  In 1954, his wife passed away from cancer and about twenty years later, Anderson lost his life on February 28th, 1977 in Los Angeles, California after being unable to overcome a heart ailment.  His remains are interred at Evergreen Cemetery in Los Angeles, California. 

1972-1973  The New Scooby-Doo Movies

1970   Harlem GlobeTrotters 
1970   Watermelon Man 

1969   Love, American Style

1968   It Takes a Thief 
1950-1965  The Jack Benny Program 

1963   It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World

1963   The Dick Powell Theatre 

1962   Bachelor Father 

1959   The Mouse That Jack Built
1958   Shower of Stars 

1957   The Green Pastures

1957   The Red Skelton Hour 
1949   The Jack Benny Program 

1946   The Show-Off 

1945   The Sailor Takes a Wife 
1945   I Love a Bandleader

1945   Brewster's Millions

1944   Broadway Rhythm 
1943   What's Buzzin', Cousin?

1943   Calling All Kids

1943   Cabin in the Sky 
1943   The Meanest Man in the World

1942   Star Spangled Rhythm 

1942   Tales of Manhattan
1941   Birth of the Blues 

1941   Kiss the Boys Goodbye

1941   Topper Returns
1940   Love Thy Neighbor

1940   Buck Benny Rides Again 

1939   Gone with the Wind
1939   Man About Town 

1939   You Can't Get Away with Murder

1939   You Can't Cheat an Honest Man
1939   Honolulu

1938   Going Places

1938   Kentucky 
1938   Strange Faces

1938   Thanks for the Memory 

1938   Exposed
1938   Five of a Kind

1938   You Can't Take It with You 

1938   Gold Diggers in Paris 
1938   Jezebel 

1938   Reckless Living

1937   Over the Goal
1937   On Such a Night 

1937   Wake Up and Live 

1937   One Mile from Heaven 
1937   Reported Missing 

1937   White Bondage

1937   Public Wedding 
1937   Melody for Two 

1937   When Love Is Young 

1937   Bill Cracks Down 
1937   Love Is News 

1936   Mysterious Crossing 

1936   Rainbow on the River 
1936   Three Men on a Horse 

1936   Two in a Crowd

1936   Star for a Night
1936   The Green Pastures 

1936   Show Boat 

1936   The Music Goes 'Round 
1935   His Night Out 

1935   Transient Lady 

1934   The Gay Bride 
1934   Behold My Wife 

1933   I Love That Man

1933   Terror Aboard 
1933   From Hell to Heaven

1933   Billion Dollar Scandal

1932   False Faces
1932   Hat Check Girl

1932   What Price Hollywood?

Matinee Classics - The Jack Benny Show starring Jack Benny, Don Wilson, Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson, Mary Livingstone and Mel Blanc
Matinee Classics - Gone With The Wind starring Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Leslie Howard, Olivia de Havilland, Thomas Mitchell, Hattie McDaniel, Butterfly McQueen, Evelyn Keyes, Ann Rutherford, Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson, Ward Bond, Yakima Canutt, Cliff Edwards, Rand Brooks and George Reeves
Matinee Classics - Cabin in the Sky starring Ethel Waters, Eddie ' Rochester' Anderson, Lena Horne, Louis Armstrong, Rex Ingram, Mantan Moreland, Willie Best, Butterfly McQueen, Nick Stewart and Duke Ellington
Matinee Classics - The Green Pastures starring Abraham Gleaves, Al Stokes, Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson, Edna Mae Harris, Frank Wilson, George Reed, Myrtle Anderson, Oscar Polk, Rex Ingram, James Fuller, George Randol and Ida Forsythe
Matinee Classics - You Can't Take It With You starring James Stewart, Jean Arthur, Lionel Barrymore, Edward Arnold, Mischa Auer, Ann Miller, Spring Byington, Samuel S. Hinds, Donald Meek, H.B. Warner, Halliwell Hobbes, Dub Taylor, Mary Forbes, Lillian Yarbo, Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson, Charles Lane, Harry Davenport and Ward Bond
Matinee Classics - Eddie Anderson, Dennis Day, Phil Harris, Mary Livingstone, Jack Benny, Don Wilson, and Mel Blanc
Matinee Classics - The Private Life of Rochester Van Jones starring Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson and Frank Nelson

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