By Margot Mifflin
Updated September 06, 1991 at 04:00 AM EDT
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Scatman: An Authorized Biography of Scatman Crothers

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  • Book
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Although he is best known for playing Louie the garbageman on the ’70s sitcom Chico and the Man and the extrasensory cook in The Shining, Scatman Crothers had had a 30-year career as a musician, songwriter, and bandleader before he took up acting in 1948. Jim Haskins (Mr. Bojangles) started Scatman a year before Crothers’ death in 1986 at age 76. In this breezy biography he pays tribute to a Hollywood trailblazer, one of the first black actors on a TV series (1948’s Dixie Showboat) and one of the first to obtain a dignified role in the movies. A serviceable, if predictable, biography. B

Scatman: An Authorized Biography of Scatman Crothers

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  • Book
genre
author
  • Jim Haskins
  • Helen Crothers
publisher
  • Morrow

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