Family & Companions
Heavyset (sometimes overweight), black player who began his career off-Broadway in "Take a Giant Step" (1956) and won acclaim, and an OBIE Award, for his performance in the all-star production of Jean Genet's "The Blacks" (1961) in which he played a black man who is transformed into an aged white woman. Adept at both ironic comedy and serious drama, Cambridge often starred in films with racial themes including the satirical "Watermelon Man" (1970) as a white bigot who wakes up to find himself suddenly turned into a black man. Cambridge, who was also memorable in "The President's Analyst" (1967), and "Cotton Comes to Harlem" (1970), died of a heart attack on the set of a TV movie in which he was playing Idi Amin Dada.
Cast (Feature Film)
Returned to NYC from Sydney, Nova Scotia
Off-Broadway stage debut as bartender in "Take a Giant Step"
TV debut on "Naked City" and "You'll Never Get Rich" episodes
Screen acting debut in "The Last Angry Man"
Breakthrough stage performance in Genet's "The Blacks"
Produced first record album, "Ready or Not, Here's Godfrey Cambridge"
Died of heart attack on Warner Bros. set of "Victory at Entebbe" in which he was starring as Idi Amin