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Willie Best

William Best
Personal information
Birth nameWilliam Best
Birth dateMay 27, 1916
Place of birthSunflower, Mississippi, U.S.
Date of deathFebruary 27, 1962(age 45)
Death placeWoodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
NicknameSleep 'n' Eat

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William "Willie" Best (May 27, 1916 - February 27, 1962) sometimes known as Sleep n' Eat was an American television and film actor.

Best was one of the first well-known African American film actors and comedians, although his work, like that of Stepin Fetchit, is today sometimes reviled because he was often called upon to play stereotypically lazy, illiterate, and/or simple-minded characters in films. Of the 124 films he appeared in, he received screen credit in at least 77 of them, an unusual feat for a bit player.

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