​November 19, 1985: Stepin Fetchit Died

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Stepin Fetchit died from pneumonia and heart failure at age 83 in Woodland Hills, California at the Motion Picture & Television Country House and Hospital.

A stroke in 1976 ended his acting career, and he moved into the hospital. He was buried at Calvary Cemetery in East Los Angeles.

Lincoln Theodore Monroe Andrew Perry, better known by the stage name Stepin Fetchit, was a comedian and film actor.

Perry parlayed the Fetchit persona into a successful film career, eventually becoming a millionaire, the 1st black actor in history to do so. He was the 1st black actor to receive featured screen credit in a film.

Perry’s typical film persona and stage name have long been controversial, and seen as illustrative of negative stereotypes of African-Americans. Seen through a modern lens, Perry’s “laziest man in the world” character can be “painfully racist” but also “subversive”.

Read about his legacy at: Daily Black History Facts

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