Blue Washington

Edgar Hughes "Blue" Washington (12 February 1898 – 15 September 1970), was an American actor and played in the Negro leagues for a few years as a pitcher for the Chicago American Giants and the Los Angeles White Sox, and played first baseman for the Kansas City Monarchs.

Blue Washington
Edgar Blue Washington.jpg
BornFebruary 26, 1898
DiedSeptember 15, 1970(1970-09-15) (aged 72)
OccupationFilm actor
Years active1919-1961
Edgar "Blue" Washington
First Baseman / pitcher
Batted: Unknown
Threw: Unknown
1916, for the Chicago American Giants
Last appearance
1920, for the Kansas City Monarchs

He appeared in 74 films between 1919 and 1957, mostly playing small, uncredited roles as a porter, a bartender, an African native (as in King Kong (1933) and Tarzan's Magic Fountain (1949), a cook, a chauffeur, a ship's crew member, a Nubian slave, and a doorman. Some of his characters had names such as "Ulambo", "Sambo" (sambo) and "Hambone". In the 1933 film Haunted Gold, he portrayed Clarence, John Wayne's comic sidekick.

He was given the nickname "Blue" by film director Frank Capra when both were kids. Washington's son, Kenny Washington, a standout athlete at UCLA where he was a teammate of Jackie Robinson, broke the color barrier in the NFL in 1946.


Lobby card for Kiki (1931) with Washington at upper right


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