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Morrison, Sammy, 1912-1989


  • ["Sunshine Sammy" Morrison was the first black child actor and was one of the original Our Gang kids. He was most famous as one of the Dead End Kids/East Side Kids. He was discovered by producer Hal Roach and appeared in films with such comedians as Harold Lloyd and was paired with ''Snub' Pollard' in a series of one-reel comedies in 1920. When the East Side Kids films were being cast, producer Sam Katzman remembered Morrison and hired him as a member of the gang. Morrison left the series when he was drafted into the army during World War II, and after he got out he was offered his old job back but declined it. After a few more film roles, Morrison left show business entirely, took a job in an aircraft assembly plant and spent the next 30 years in the aircraft industry.]

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    • Little Sambo, 1912-1989
    • Morrison, Ernest, 1912-1989
    • Morrison, Frederick Ernest, 1912-1989
    • Morrison, Sunshine Sammy, 1912-1989
    • Morrisson, Sunshine Sammy, 1912-1989
    • Sambo, 1912-1989
    • Smiling Sambo, 1912-1989
    • Sunshine Sambo, 1912-1989
    • Sunshine Sammy, 1912-1989
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    • found: Spooks run wild, 2013:title frame (Sunshine Sammy Morrison)
    • found: Internet movie database, Mar. 20, 2013(Ernest Morrison; born, December 20, 1912 in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; died, July 24, 1989 (age 76) in Lynwood, California, USA; birth name, Frederick Ernest Morrison; also credited as Sammy Morrison, Sunshine Sammy Morrison, Sunshine Sammy Morrisson, Little Sambo, Smiling Sambo, Sunshine Sambo, Sambo, Sunshine Sammy; Son of Ernie Morrison Sr.; Actor, 1916-1944)
    • found: OCLC, Mar. 20, 2013(access point: Morrison, Sammy; usage: Sammy Morrison)
    • found: IMDb, December 20, 2018:(Ernest Morrison, actor ; b. December 20, 1912 in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA ; d. July 24, 1989 (age 76) in Lynwood, California, USA ; alternate names: Sammy Morrison, Sunshine Sammy Morrison, Sunshine Sammy Morrisson, Hal Roach's Rascals, Little Sambo, Smiling Sambo, Sunshine Sambo, Sambo, Sunshine Sammy)
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    • ["Sunshine Sammy" Morrison was the first black child actor and was one of the original Our Gang kids. He was most famous as one of the Dead End Kids/East Side Kids. He was discovered by producer Hal Roach and appeared in films with such comedians as Harold Lloyd and was paired with ''Snub' Pollard' in a series of one-reel comedies in 1920. When the East Side Kids films were being cast, producer Sam Katzman remembered Morrison and hired him as a member of the gang. Morrison left the series when he was drafted into the army during World War II, and after he got out he was offered his old job back but declined it. After a few more film roles, Morrison left show business entirely, took a job in an aircraft assembly plant and spent the next 30 years in the aircraft industry.]
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