Performance

Tim Moore

Tim Moore was an American comedian and actor. He was born on December 9, 1887, in Rock Island, Illinois, and passed away on December 13, 1958, in Los Angeles, California. Moore is best known for his portrayal of George “Kingfish” Stevens in the radio and television show “Amos ‘n’ Andy.” “Amos ‘n’ Andy” was a popular sitcom that aired from the late 1920s to the mid-1950s. The show featured a predominantly African American cast and revolved around the lives and comedic adventures of its characters.

Left to right: Alvin Childress as Amos, Tim Moore as George ‘Kingfish’ Stevens, and Spencer Williams as Andy, in a publicity shot for the Amos ‘n’ Andy TV sitcom, 1951.

As George “Kingfish” Stevens, Tim Moore played a scheming and conniving character who often found himself in humorous situations. His comedic timing and delivery made him a beloved and memorable figure in the show. Moore’s portrayal of “Kingfish” made him one of the first African American actors to gain national recognition and success in the entertainment industry. However, it is worth noting that the show and its characters have been criticized for perpetuating racial stereotypes.

Alvin Childress as Amos and Spencer Williams as Andy in Amos ’n’ Andy in 1951.

Overall, Tim Moore made significant contributions to the early days of American comedy and television, and his portrayal of “Kingfish” remains a notable part of his legacy.

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