Eddie Anderson: Comedian/Actor in Early Black Musical Shows

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Eddie Anderson entered show business at the age of thirteen when he won an amateur contest in a San Francisco vaudeville house. By 1924, he was performing in Steppin’ High as a member of the dance team in the “Three Black Aces,” which included Cornie and Flying Ford.

Anderson was born in Oakland, California on September 18, 1905. He attended grammar schools in Oakland and in San Francisco. He completed two years of high school in San Mateo before started his professional entertainment career.
Anderson was a brief jockey but quit when he became a bit too heavy for the horses. He went on to establish himself as a comedian with a versatile dancing act.

He appeared in the comedy Struttin’ Along in 1923. Anderson received his first big break in Omaha, Nebraska when he got a temporary spot as a song and dance man at the World Theater which led to a Pantages Circuit contract for the season.

In 1926, he returned to California and signed on with the Keith Orpheum Circuit, which lasted for thirty-five weeks. During this time he combined his comedy routines with song and dance.

Anderson also appeared in motion pictures. He appeared in No Place to Go, and his first speaking part was as a valet in What Price Hollywood? Anderson died in Los Angeles in 1977.




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