Posted ByGerry O. on April 22, 2003 at 11:14:46:
In Reply to: Re: Rochester and Jack posted byLL on April 12, 2003 at 21:53:13:
True, I also thought of the rather limited opportunities for African-American actors in films during the 1930's, 40's and even 50's.
However, Eddie Anderson probably could have had a steady (and impressive) film career in Hollywood, even if it meant NOT playing the lead role.
He played supporting character roles in many high-profile mainstream films (such as Bing Crosby's "Birth Of The Blues"), as well as contributing specialty musical numbers to all-star films like Paramount's "Star-Spangled Rhythm".
For many performers, this film exposure alone would have been a temptation to leave the Benny program...after all, many performers have left other radio and TV series for far less exposure.
We Jack Benny fans are indeed fortunate that Eddie never made such a move!