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Roy Edwin Glenn, Sr. (June 3, 1914 – March 12, 1971) was an American character actor.

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Roy Edwin Glenn

(1914-06-03)June 3, 1914
DiedMarch 12, 1971(1971-03-12) (aged 56)
Other namesRoy E. Glenn, Sr.
Years active1936–1971
Spouse(s)Pauline Fractious (1936-1971; his death)

Early lifeEdit

Glenn was born in Pittsburg, Kansas on June 3, 1914. [1][2]


In 1949, Glenn's radio career started in Rocky Jordan - The Adventures of Rocky Jordan The Man With No Name.

Glenn's career spanned five decades, beginning in radio with The Amos 'n' Andy Show and The Jack Benny Show. He made numerous appearances from the dawn of television (including many authoritative roles on The Amos 'n' Andy Show, 1951-53)[3] until 1970.

His first film appearance was in Kelly the Second (1936), followed by Dark Manhattan (1937). His other film credits include The Jackie Robinson Story (1950), Carmen Jones (1954), Porgy and Bess (1959), The Sound and the Fury (1959), A Raisin in the Sun (1961), with Sidney Poitier, Ruby Dee and Claudia McNeil, and a memorable turn as Mr. Prentice (the father of Poitier's character) in the 1967 film Guess Who's Coming to Dinner. Roy Glenn's last big screen appearance was in Support Your Local Gunfighter (1971).

Personal lifeEdit

Glenn's wife is Pauline "Lilla" (née Fractious). They have three children, Roy Glenn Jr., Darryl Ward Glenn, and Renatta Darlene Glenn. [4]

Glenn died from a heart attack brought on by cardiovascular disease in Los Angeles, California on March 12, 1971, at the age of 56.


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Roy Glenn". Retrieved October 24, 2018.
  2. ^ Ellett, Ryan (July 2, 2016). "Pioneers of the Air: African-American Kansans on Early Radio, Pt.8". Wistful Vistas. Retrieved October 24, 2018.
  3. ^ Roy Glenn acting credits on IMDb
  4. ^ "Roy Glenn". nytimes. March 13, 1971. Retrieved October 24, 2018.

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