James Baskett


Baskett as Uncle Remus in Song of the South
Born February 16, 1904
Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.
Died July 9, 1948 (aged 44)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Cause of death Heart failure
Resting place Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.
Other names Jimmie Baskette
Jimmy Baskette
Occupation Actor
Years active 1929–48
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 first black male performer to receive an Oscar.

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