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Joel Fluellen

Highest Rated:   100% Run Silent, Run Deep (1958)
Lowest Rated:   33% Man Friday (1975)
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Birthplace:   Monroe, Louisiana, USA
African-American actor Joel Fluellen was a respected stage performer in both all-black and integrated productions throughout the '40s. He was tentative about entering films due to the limited range of roles available for actors of his race. Certainly Fluellen had nothing to be ashamed of in such assignments as the title character's brother in The Jackie Robinson Story (1950), but such parts were the exception rather than the rule. For the most part Fluellen found himself cast as noble natives in jungle-oriented films and TV programs, with the occasional worthwhile roles in films like Friendly Persuasion (1956). Not one to hide his opinions, especially in the '40s when non-white performers were expected to keep quiet and accept whatever was given them, Fluellen lobbied loud and long for better parts and working conditions for his fellow African-American performers, and was gratified to see the picture improving in the early '70s. Still, his own roles ranged from adequate to tiny, though he invariably made an indelible impression in such black-oriented films as A Raisin in the Sun (1962), The Learning Tree (1969) and The Bingo Long Travelling All-Stars and Motor Kings (1975). After a long illness, Joel Fluellen died at age 81, of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Black Hollywood: Blaxploitation and Advancing an Independent Black Cinema
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet The Life of Jackie Robinson
  • Mack Robinson
2003
40% Butch and Sundance: The Early Days
  • Jack
1979
No Score Yet Freedom Road
  • James Allenby
1979
78% Casey's Shadow
  • Jimmy Judson
1978
88% The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings
  • Mr. Holland
1976
33% Man Friday
  • Doctor
1975
No Score Yet Thomasine and Bushrod
  • Nathaniel
1974
No Score Yet The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman
  • Unc Isom
1974
No Score Yet Dream for Christmas
  • Arthur
1973
No Score Yet Skin Game
  • Abram
1971
43% The Great White Hope
  • Tick
1970
75% The Learning Tree
  • Uncle Rob
1969
88% The Chase
  • Lester Johnson
1966
56% Roustabout
  • Cody Marsh
1964
43% The Young Savages
  • Clerk of the Court
1961
94% A Raisin in the Sun
  • Bobo
1961
83% Porgy and Bess
  • Robbins
1959
81% Imitation of Life
  • Minister
1959
No Score Yet The Decks Ran Red
  • Pete
1958
100% Run Silent, Run Deep
  • Bragg
1958
No Score Yet The Monster from Green Hell
  • Arobi
1958
No Score Yet Oh, Men! Oh, Women!
  • Cab Driver
1957
88% Friendly Persuasion
  • Enoch
1956
No Score Yet Lucy Gallant
  • Summertime
1955
No Score Yet Lord of the Jungle
  • Molu
1955
No Score Yet Sitting Bull
  • Sam
1954
100% Riot in Cell Block 11
  • Al
1954
No Score Yet The Moonlighter
  • Black Man in Jail Cell (uncredited)
1953
No Score Yet Jungle Drums of Africa
  • Matambo
1953
No Score Yet Affair in Trinidad
  • Fisherman
1952
No Score Yet His Kind of Woman
  • Sam
1951
100% You're in the Navy Now
  • Mess Boy
1951
63% The Jackie Robinson Story
  • Mack Robinson
1950
100% Force of Evil
  • Father
1948
No Score Yet Family Honeymoon
  • Waiter
1948
No Score Yet Without Reservations
  • Waiter in Club Car
1946
No Score Yet White Pongo
  • Mumbo Jumbo
1945

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet The Alfred Hitchcock Hour
1962-1965
  • Jesse
  • 1965
No Score Yet The Dick Van Dyke Show
1961-1966
  • Bailiff Rodney Johnson
  • 1965
No Score Yet Perry Mason
1957-1966
  • Bartender
  • 1964

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