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Alvin Childress 1907-1986
 


Country : Meridian, Mississippi
Profession : Actor
Date of birth : 1907-09-10
Date of death : 1986-04-19
Cause of Death : Diabetes/Parkinson's disease

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Alvin Childress (1907–1986) was an African American actor who is best known for playing the cabdriver Amos Jones in the television comedy series Amos 'n Andy.

 

A Meridian, Mississippi native, Childress career began in New York City with roles in the Federal Theater Project and American Negro Theater, and in all-black race film productions such as Keep Punching (1939). In 1951, he was cast in Amos 'n Andy, which ran for two years on CBS.

Childress also appeared in roles on the television series Perry Mason, Sanford and Son, Good Times and The Jeffersons and in the films Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974) and The Day of the Locust (1975).

 

 

Work

  1. Sister, Sister (1982) (TV) .... Mister Jacobs
  2. The Main Event (1979) .... Man In Gym
  3. "The Jeffersons" .... Herbert Russell / ... (2 episodes, 1975-1977)
    - 984 W. 124th Street, Apt. 5C (1977) TV episode .... Wino
    - Mother Jefferson's Boyfriend (1975) TV episode .... Herbert Russell
  4. "Fish" .... Rev. Davis (1 episode, 1977)
    - Fish Behind Bars: Part 1 (1977) TV episode .... Rev. Davis
  5. "Visions" .... Rev. Paradise (1 episode, 1976)
    - The Tapestry/Circles (1976) TV episode .... Rev. Paradise
  6. The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings (1976) .... Horace Quigley, Owner of Atlanta Black Crackers
  7. Eleanor and Franklin (1976) (TV) .... Porter
  8. Darktown Strutters (1975) .... Bo
    ... aka Get Down and Boogie (USA: reissue title)
  9. The Day of the Locust (1975) .... Butler
  10. "Good Times" .... Reverend Gordon (1 episode, 1974)
    - The Windfall (1974) TV episode .... Reverend Gordon
  11. Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974) .... Janitor in Department Store
  12. "Sanford and Son" .... Minister / ... (2 episodes, 1972-1973)
    - The Engagment/The Member of the Wedding (1973) TV episode .... Reverend Trimble
    - Here Comes the Bride, There Goes the Bride (1972) TV episode .... Minister
  13. Banyon (1971) (TV) .... Mr. Clayton
  14. "Cowboy in Africa" .... Old Man (1 episode, 1967)
    - Tomorrow on the Wind (1967) TV episode .... Old Man
  15. "Perry Mason" .... Janitor (1 episode, 1964)
    - The Case of the Tragic Trophy (1964) TV episode .... Janitor
  16. High Time (1960) (uncredited) .... Guest Announcer at Judge Carter's Ball
  17. The Man in the Net (1959) (uncredited) .... Alonzo the Carey's Servant
  18. Anna Lucasta (1959) .... Noah
  19. "Playhouse 90" .... Farmer on Levee (1 episode, 1958)
    - Old Man (1958) TV episode .... Farmer on Levee
  20. "The Amos 'n Andy Show" .... Amos Jones (57 episodes, 1951-1952)
    ... aka "Amos 'n Andy" (USA: short title)
    - The Christmas Story (1952) TV episode .... Amos Jones
    - Cousin Effie's Will (1951) TV episode .... Amos Jones
    - Kingfish Gets Drafted (1951) TV episode .... Amos Jones
    - Amos Helps Out TV episode .... Amos Jones
    - Andy Buys a House TV episode .... Amos Jones
  21. Keep Punching (1939) (uncredited)
  22. Dixie Love (1934)
  23. Hell's Alley (1931)

 

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