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James Baskett net worth & biography:James Baskett (February 16, 1904 – July 9, 1948) was an American actor known for his portrayal of Uncle Remus, singing the song "Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah" in the 1946 Disney feature film Song of the South. In recognition of his warm portrayal of the famous black storyteller he was given an Honorary Academy Award, making him the very first black male performer to receive an Oscar. Wikipedia
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|The Heavenly Body||1944||Porter (uncredited)|
|Revenge of the Zombies||1943||Lazarus|
|Dumbo||1941||Crow (voice, unconfirmed, uncredited)|
|Comes Midnight||1940||as James Baskette|
|Straight to Heaven||1939||First Detective|
|Policy Man||1938||as Jimmie Baskette|
|Gone Harlem||1938||as Jimmie Baskette|
|20,000 Cheers for the Chain Gang||1933||Short||Vocalist (uncredited)|
|Harlem Is Heaven||1932||Money Johnson (as Jimmy Baskette)|
|Welcome to the Basement||2012||TV Series performer - 1 episode|
|The Music of Disney: A Legacy in Song||1992||Video documentary performer: "Zip-A-Dee-Do-Da", "Everybody's Got a Laughing Place"|
|One Hour in Wonderland||1950||TV Special performer: "Zip-a-dee Doo-Dah" - uncredited|
|Song of the South||1946||performer: "Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah", "Everybody's Got a Laughing Place", "How Do You Do?" uncredited, "Who Wants To Live Like That?" uncredited, "Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah Reprise"|
|Welcome to the Basement||2012||TV Series||Uncle Remus / Br'er Rabbit / Br'er Fox|
|Saturday Night Live||2006||TV Series||Uncle Remus|
|Disney Sing-Along-Songs: Friend Like Me||1993||Video short||Uncle Remus|
|Disney Sing-Along-Songs: You Can Fly||1988||Video short||Crow (unconfirmed)|
|Disney Sing-Along-Songs: Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah||1986||Video short||Uncle Remus|
|Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color||1956||TV Series||Br'er Fox|
|Year||Award||Ceremony||Nomination||Movie||Award shared with|
|1948||Honorary Award||Academy Awards, USA||Song of the South (1946)|
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|1||Second cousin of Bill Cobbs.|
|2||Is one of two Disney stars buried in Crown Hill Cemetery in Indianapolis, Indiana. Bill Shirley, who played Prince Charming in Sleeping Beauty is the other. However, James Baskett is buried in a grave, and Bill Shirley is buried in the main mausoleum. There is a special plaque marking James Baskett's grave that talks about his role in Song of the South.|
|3||The first actor to win an Academy Award (although an honorary one) for his performance in a Walt Disney film.|
|4||Buried in Crown Hill Cemetery in Indianapolis, Indiana.|
|5||His father John Baskett owned a barber shop in Indianapolis.|
|6||He did not attend the premiere of "Song of the South" in Atlanta because as an African American he would not have been allowed to participate in any of the festivities in that racially segregated city.|
|7||His portrayal of Uncle Remus in "Song of the South" was the crowning achievement of his career, for which he won an honorary Academy Award. Ironically, his performance cannot be seen in its entirety in the United States, as the Walt Disney Co. will not release the entire film on the home video market because of the controversial nature of the film, which was denounced as racist by the NAACP when it was premiered in 1946. A further irony is that the NAACP now has no public stance on the film.|
|8||Well-known old-time radio performer, especially for the role of "Gabby Gibson" on the Amos 'n' Andy Show.|
|9||First African-American male actor to be awarded an Academy Award.|
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