Avon Long: Renowned Broadway Actor & Singer

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long-avon-imageAvon Long was a Broadway actor and singer. He performed in a number of Broadway shows, including Black Rhythm, Porgy and Bess, and Beggar’s Holiday.

Long was born in Baltimore, Maryland on June 18, 1910. His acting career began as a singer and dancer in New York’s Cotton Club during the 1930’s.

He later appeared in a number of films and television shows. He played the elderly Chicken George Moore in Roots: The Next Generations miniseries, and had small roles in Trading Places – memorable as Ezra, the man to whom Don Ameche gives a miserably small Christmas bonus. Long and Lena Horne co-introduced the Harold Arlen-Ted Koehler composition “As Long As I Live” in “Cotton Club Parade” when Horne was only 16 years old. Horne credited Long with bringing her out of the chorus line to a featured spot.

Long received a Tony Award nomination for Best Supporting or Featured Actor (Musical) in 1973, for the role of Dave in Don’t Play Us Cheap. The all-black play opened at the Ethel Barrymore Theater in New York on May 16, 1972, and ran for 164 performances.

He also performed in Beggar’s Holiday, a piece that featured music by Duke Ellington.  Long married Gretchen Cotton; the couple raised three children. He died of cancer at 73, on February 15, 1984.

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  • Avery Concannon May 27, 2019 - 8:39 pm Reply

    Good post. Thanks.

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