Cleavon Little

Cleavon Little

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Cleavon Little was born on Jun 01, 1939 in USA. Cleavon Little's big-screen debut came with John and Mary directed by Peter Yates in 1969, strarring The Film Director. Cleavon Little is known for Separate But Equal directed by George Stevens Jr., Sidney Poitier stars as Thurgood Marshall and Burt Lancaster as John W. Davis. Cleavon Little has got 2 awards and 1 nominations so far. The most recent award Cleavon Little achieved is Walk of Fame. The upcoming new movie Cleavon Little plays is In the Nick of Time which will be released on Dec 16, 1991.

Versatile, charismatic African-American actor Cleavon Little was born on June 1, 1939, in Oklahoma but grew up in California and attended San Diego College. He earned a scholarship to Juilliard and moved to New York, then trained at the American Academy of Dramatic Art and was soon appearing off-Broadway. Classically trained ("Hamlet" "A Midsummer Night's Dream"), he won the Tony award for a less weighty musical, "Purlie", which took him west. A few film roles came his way with L'intrus magnifique (1968), John et Mary (1969), Le Casse de l'oncle Tom (1970), and the cult film Point limite zéro (1971) but it was the 1972 sitcom Temperatures Rising (1972) that finally got him some leverage in Hollywood. The by-now popular actor caught the eye of film producers. With his sly charm and appeal, he was a natural for comedy and hit the apex of his career after winning a co-starring role opposite Gene Wilder in the Mel Brooks western spoof Le shérif est en prison (1974). He never matched that success but did continue with important stage roles ("I'm Not Rappaport") and other TV series work (Bagdad Cafe (1990)). A hard-working, heavily driven man, Little was plagued by ulcers and stomach disorders for much of his life. He died at age 53 of colon cancer in 1992.

  • Birthday

    Jun 01, 1939
  • Place of Birth

    Chickasha, Oklahoma, USA

Known For


2 wins & 1 nominations

Walk of Fame
Motion Picture
Winner - Star on the Walk of Fame
Primetime Emmy Awards
Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series
Winner - Primetime Emmy

Movies & TV Shows

TV Shows