The image is from Wikipedia Commons
Long in 1943.
|Born||(1910-06-18)June 18, 1910
|Died||February 15, 1984(1984-02-15) (aged 73)
New York City
Avon Long (June 18, 1910 – February 15, 1984) was an American Broadway actor and singer.
Long performed in a number of Broadway shows, including Porgy and Bess (as Sportin' Life in the 1942 revival), and Beggar's Holiday (1946). Long and Lena Horne co-introduced the Harold Arlen–Ted Koehler composition "As Long As I Live" in Cotton Club Parade (1934) when Horne was only 16 years old.
He reprised his role of Sportin' Life in the 1951 Columbia recording of Porgy and Bess, the most complete recording of the opera issued up to that time. He also appeared with Thelma Carpenter in the 1952 revival of Shuffle Along, which was recorded by RCA Victor.
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. Long, along with Thomas Anderson, Joshie Armstead, Robert Dunn, Jay Van Leer, Esther Rolle, Mabel King, George Ooppee McCurn, Frank Carey, Nate Barnett, and Rhetta Hughes, recreated their stage roles in a film production by Melvin Van Peebles, in 1973.
Long originated the role of John in Bubbling Brown Sugar on Broadway, which opened at the August Wilson Theatre (then-ANTA Playhouse) on March 2, 1976, and closed on December 31, 1977, after 766 performances.
Long also 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 (1983) – memorable as Ezra, the servant to whom Ralph Bellamy gives a miserably small Christmas bonus ("maybe I'll go to the movies – by myself"), The Sting (1973) ("Flat rate!"), and Harry and Tonto (1974). He was originally cast to play George Jefferson in "All in the Family", but was replaced based on negative feedback from Carol O'Connor.
His oldest granddaughter is author, artist and radio talk show host JoAnn Pinkney Wilcox, who wrote the book "Getting Paid To Keep You in Debt!"
|1948||Romance on the High Seas||Specialty Singer|
|1968||Finian's Rainbow||Passion Pilgrim Gospeleer||Uncredited|
|1973||The Sting||Benny Garfield|
|1973||Don't Play Us Cheap||Brother Dave|
|1974||Harry and Tonto||Leroy|
|1978||Bye Bye Monkey||Miko|
|1984||Nothing Lasts Forever||Alphacruiser Steward||(final film role)|
- Rousuck, J. Wynn (December 19, 1976). "Avon Long: Ecstasy to Broadway". The Baltimore Sun. p. 12. Retrieved March 31, 2019 – via Newspapers.com.
- Peters, Ida (August 23, 1975). "Nellie Buchanan Night in DC; Avon Long Honors Former Teacher". The Baltimore Afro-American. p. 14. Retrieved March 31, 2019 – via NewspaperArchive.com.
- Peters, Ida (August 26, 1975). "Nellie Buchanan Night". The Baltimore Afro-American. p. 17. Retrieved March 31, 2019 – via NewspaperArchive.com.
- Littleton, Darryl "D’Militant" (April 8, 2017). "On This Day in Comedy… In 1975 'The Jefferson's Premiered on CBS!". Humor Mill Mag. Retrieved June 2, 2019.
- This page is based on the Wikipedia article Avon Long; it is used under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License (CC-BY-SA). You may redistribute it, verbatim or modified, providing that you comply with the terms of the CC-BY-SA.