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Stepin Fetchit

Personal information
Birth nameLincoln Theodore Monroe Andrew Perry
Birth dateMay 30, 1902
Place of birthKey West, Florida
Date of deathNovember 19, 1985(age 83)
Death placeWoodland Hills, Los Angeles, California
Years active1925-1976

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Stepin Fetchit (May 30, 1902 - November 19, 1985) was the stage name of American comedian and film actor Lincoln Theodore Monroe Andrew Perry.

Perry parlayed the Fetchit persona into a successful film career, eventually becoming a millionaire, the first black actor in history to do so. He was also the first black actor to receive a screen credit.

Perry's typical film persona and stage name have long been controversial, and seen as illustrative of negative stereotypes of African-Americans. However, a newer interpretation of his film persona contends Perry was ultimately subversive of the status quo.

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