14 July 1893
United States of America
13 December 1969|
Los Angeles, California,
United States of America
(kidney failure, age 76)
Black American actor and director. He enlisted in the Army in 1914 as a private and was honorably discharged in 1922 as a sergeant. (His full military service in the 1954 Baltimore newspaper bio may be somewhat embellished.) He served almost 2 years in prison (in CA) for "forgery" out of a possible 14 years. A newspaper search didn't turn up any details. He was a pioneer of the African-American film industry as an actor, producer, director, scenario writer and song-writer for "race" movies. In 1931, he built his own studio sound truck "from the wheels up". He played "ANDY" in the "Amos 'n Andy" TV series.|
He entered prison at San Quentin (Marin Co.) as a mechanical engineer: height: 5'8¾". He transferred to Folsom (Sacramento) as a scenario writer: height: 5'11". His 1942 WWII Draft Record (Texas) (b.1895) (self-employed): height: 5'11".
There was another SPENCER WILLIAMS (1889-1965), a contemporary, who was a famous and prolific African-American song writer and performer. He lived in Harlem, NYC and in 1931 was charged with the stabbing-death of a young African-American master of ceremonies during an argument outside a nightclub and later cleared of the charge.
Real name: Spencer Williams Jr.
|Films listed on this page: complete Hal Roach filmography.|
https://www.ancestry.com/ family-tree/person/tree/ 1625103/person/742012964/ facts?ssrc= (Family Tree of dunnmiller)
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/6268549 (Veteran's grave at Los Angeles National Cemetery)
https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=- lVAAAAAIBAJ&sjid=xQIGAAAAIBAJ&pg=3248,665704&dq=spencer+williams&hl=en (Detailed newspaper biography)
https://www.ancestry.com/interactive/8833/40477_2221301551_2445-01675/312385?backurl=https://www.ancestry.com/family-tree/person/tree/1625103/person/742012964/facts Prison record Folsom.
https://www.ancestry.com/interactive/8833/40477_2221301551_2364-00134/150717?backurl=https://www.ancestry.com/family-tree/person/tree/1625103/person/742012964/facts Photo Folsom Prison.
https://www.ancestry.com/interactive/3030/40808_1120704930_0664-00496/258320?backurl=https://www.ancestry.com/family-tree/person/tree/1625103/person/742012964/facts#?imageId=40808_1120704930_0664-00496 (Enters US Army in New York 1914)
https://www.ancestry.com/interactive/1002/004119755_01813?pid=12141291&backurl=https://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv%3D1%26dbid%3D1002%26h%3D12141291%26ssrc%3Dpt%26tid%3D1625103%26pid%3D742012964%26usePUB%3Dtrue&ssrc=pt&treeid=1625103&personid=742012964&hintid=&usePUB=true&usePUBJs=true#?imageId=004119755_01813 (WWII Draft Card front)
https://www.ancestry.com/interactive/1002/004119755_01813?pid=12141291&backurl=https://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv%3D1%26dbid%3D1002%26h%3D12141291%26ssrc%3Dpt%26tid%3D1625103%26pid%3D742012964%26usePUB%3Dtrue&ssrc=pt&treeid=1625103&personid=742012964&hintid=&usePUB=true&usePUBJs=true#?imageId=004119755_01814 (WWII Draft Card reverse. height: 5'11")
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