The Library of Congress > Linked Data Service > LC Name Authority File (LCNAF)

Best, Willie, 1916-1962

  • URI(s)

  • Instance Of

  • Scheme Membership(s)

  • Collection Membership(s)

  • Variants

    • Sleep 'n' Eat, 1916-1962
    • Best, William, 1916-1962
    • Best, Pat, 1916-1962
  • Additional Information

    • Birth Date

        (edtf) 1916-05-27
    • Death Date

        (edtf) 1962-02-27
    • Birth Place

        Sunflower County (Miss.)
    • Associated Locale

        Los Angeles (Calif.)
    • Death Place

        Woodland Hills (Calif.)
    • Gender

    • Occupation

  • Exact Matching Concepts from Other Schemes

  • Closely Matching Concepts from Other Schemes

  • Sources

    • found: The Arizonian [MP] 1935:credits (the players, Willie Best)
    • found: Inter. film necrology, 1981(Willie Best; AKA Sleep 'n' Eat; b. May 27, 1916, Miss.; d. Feb. 27, 1962)
    • found: Marcotte, D. It's all over now [SR] 1946:label (William Best)
    • found: Big bands database plus WWW site, Oct. 17, 2007:Databases; Composers (Best, William; b. May 27, 1913, Sunflower, Miss.; d Feb. 27, 1962, Hollywood, Calif.; for unknown reasons, this composer was widely known as Pat Best; credited as Willie Best and Sleep 'n' Eat; composed words and music to the song "(I love you) For sentimental reasons," erroneously credited to lyricist Deek Watson)
    • found: WWW site, Oct. 17, 2007:California death index (Willie Best; b. May 27, 1916, Mississippi; d. Feb. 27, 1962, Los Angeles, Calif.)
    • found: African American National Biography, accessed April 24, 2015, via Oxford African American Studies Center database:(Best, Willie; stage / screen actor; born c. 27 May 1916 in Sunflower County, Mississippi, United States; remained in Los Angeles, where he found work in a touring stage show; was discovered by a Hollywood agent who noticed both his comedic talent and his physical similarity to Stepin Fetchit (Lincoln Perry); was signed to appear in feature films; his film debut was the comedy Feet First (1930); built an extensive filmography of over 120 movies; The Ghostbreakers (1940) received the highest billing of his career; onscreen characters were shuffling, dim-witted stereotypes with names like "Charcoal" or "Sambo"; his career was also hurt by a highly publicized arrest on narcotics charges (1951); he appeared as a regular or semiregular in the domestic comedies My Little Margie and The Stu Erwin Show, and in the drama Waterfront (1951-1955); died 27 February 1962 in Woodland Hills, California, United States)
  • Change Notes

    • 1988-11-16: new
    • 2016-05-28: revised
  • Alternate Formats