Scatman Crothers

Scatman Crothers

  • Highest Rated: 100% The Journey of Natty Gann (1985)
  • Lowest Rated: 6% Zapped! (1982)
  • Birthday: May 23, 1910
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • African- American entertainer Scatman Crothers supported himself as a drummer throughout his high-school years. He formed a popular dance band, playing successful engagements even in the whitest of white communities, regaling audiences with his free-form "scat singing." In the formative years of television, Crothers became the first black performer to host a TV musical program in Los Angeles. He made his movie debut in the 1951 minstrel-show pastiche Yes Sir, Mr. Bones (1951). The best of his 1950s film appearances was as Dan Dailey's medicine-show partner in Meet Me at the Fair (1952). For the next three decades, Crother's movie roles varied in size; he was seen to best advantage as the concerned handyman in Stanley Kubrick's The Shining (1980). Adult TV fans will remember Scatman Crothers as Louie the garbageman on the 1970s sitcom Chico and the Man; Crothers also did voice-over work in the title role of the Saturday morning cartoon series Hong Kong Phooey.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

No Score Yet New Orleans Jazz Actor 2004
25% Detroit 9000 Markham 1998
100% The Journey of Natty Gann Sherman 1985
20% Two of a Kind Earl 1983
58% Twilight Zone: The Movie Mr. Bloom 1983
29% Deadly Eyes (The Rats) George Faskins 1982
No Score Yet Banjo the Woodpile Cat Crazy Legs 1982
6% Zapped! Dexter Jones 1982
No Score Yet Working Actor 1982
No Score Yet The Harlem Globetrotters on Gilligan's Island Actor 1981
No Score Yet Sunshine's on the Way Actor 1981
85% The Shining Halloran 1980
75% Bronco Billy Doc Lynch 1980
No Score Yet O.C. Smith: How Sweet It Is Actor 1980
No Score Yet Scavenger Hunt Sam 1979
47% The Cheap Detective Tinker 1978
No Score Yet Vega$ Actor 1978
No Score Yet Mean Dog Blues Mudcat 1978
80% Silver Streak Ralston 1976
90% The Shootist Moses 1976
71% Stay Hungry Butler 1976
94% One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Turkle 1975
No Score Yet Coonskin Pappy/Old Man Bone 1975
20% The Fortune Fisherman 1975
No Score Yet Linda Lovelace for President Super Black 1975
No Score Yet Friday Foster Rev. Noble Franklin 1975
No Score Yet Streetfight Actor 1975
No Score Yet Kolchak: The Night Stalker Actor Director 1974
No Score Yet Truck Turner Duke 1974
No Score Yet Black Belt Jones Pop Byrd 1974
71% The King of Marvin Gardens Lewis 1972
69% Lady Sings the Blues Big Ben 1972
No Score Yet Scooby-Doo Meets The Harlem Globetrotters Actor 1972
No Score Yet Chandler Smoke 1971
66% The Aristocats Scat Cat 1970
43% The Great White Hope Barker 1970
17% Bloody Mama Moses 1970
No Score Yet Chesty Anderson U.S. Navy Ben 1970
43% Hello, Dolly! Mr. Jones/ Porter 1969
No Score Yet Three on a Couch Party Guest 1966
82% The Patsy Shoeshine Boy 1964
20% Lady in a Cage Proprietor's Assistant 1964
No Score Yet The Sins Of Rachel Cade Musinga 1961
No Score Yet Between Heaven and Hell George 1956
No Score Yet Johnny Dark Himself 1954
No Score Yet Meet Me at the Fair Enoch Jones 1952

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet The Transformers
1984-1987
Voice
  • 1987
  • 1986
  • 1985
  • 1984
No Score Yet Hill Street Blues
1981-1987
  • 1984
No Score Yet Taxi
1978-1983
Walt
  • 1983
No Score Yet American Playhouse
1982-1996
  • 1982
No Score Yet Magnum, P.I.
1980-1988
Tickler
  • 1981
No Score Yet Laverne & Shirley
1976-1983
Porter
  • 1980
No Score Yet The Incredible Hulk
1978-1982
Edgar McGee
  • 1979
No Score Yet Charlie's Angels
1976-1981
Gyp Baker
  • 1978
No Score Yet Starsky & Hutch
1975-1979
Fireball
  • 1977
No Score Yet Sanford and Son
1972-1977
Bowlegs
  • 1975
No Score Yet The Odd Couple
1970-1975
Blind Man
  • 1974
No Score Yet Ironside
1967-1975
Jason
  • 1973
No Score Yet Kojak
1973-1978
Gaylord Fuller
  • 1973
No Score Yet Bonanza
1959-1973
Jud
  • 1961
No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Presents
1955-1962
  • 1958
86% Roots
1977
Mingo

QUOTES FROM Scatman Crothers CHARACTERS

Dick Hallorann
Some places are like people: some shine and some don't.
Dick Hallorann
Mrs. Torrance, your husband inroduced you as Winifred. Now, are you a Winnie or a Freddy?
Wendy Torrance
I'm a Wendy.
Dick Hallorann
Oh. That's nice, that's the prettiest.
Dick Hallorann
How'd you like some ice cream, doc?
Pappy/Old Man Bone
She got the clap!
Dick Hallorann
Larry, just between you and me, we got a very serious problem with the people taking care of the place. They turned out to be completely unreliable a**holes.
Danny Torrance
Is there something bad here?
Dick Hallorann
Well, you know, Doc, when something happens, you can leave a trace of itself behind. Say like, if someone burns toast. Well, maybe things that happen leave other kinds of traces behind. Not things that anyone can notice, but things that people who "shine" can see; just like they can see things that haven't happened yet. Well, sometimes they can see things that happened a long time ago. I think a lot of things happened right here in this particular hotel over the years. And not all of them was good.
Danny Torrance
What about Room 237?
Dick Hallorann
Room 237?
Danny Torrance
You're scared of Room 237, ain't ya?
Dick Hallorann
No I ain't.
Danny Torrance
Mr. Hallorann. What is in Room 237?
Dick Hallorann
Nothing. There ain't nothing in Room 237. But you ain't got no business going in there anyway. So stay out. You understand? Stay out.
Dick Hallorann
I can remember when I was a little boy. My grandmother and I could hold conversations entirely without ever opening our mouths. She called it "shining." And for a long time, I thought it was just the two of us that had the shine to us. Just like you probably thought you was the only one. But there are other folks, though mostly they don't know it, or don't believe it. How long have you been able to do it...Why don't you want to talk about it?
Dick Hallorann
I can remember when I was a little boy. My grandmother and I could hold conversations entirely without ever opening our mouths. She called it "shining." And for a long time, I thought it was just the two of us that had the shine to us. Just like you probably thought you was the only one. But there are other folks, though mostly they don't know it, or don't believe it. How long have you been able to do it? Why don't you want to talk about it?
Danny Torrance
I'm not supposed to.
Dick Hallorann
Who said you ain't supposed to?
Danny Torrance
Tony.
Dick Hallorann
Who's Tony?
Danny Torrance
Tony is a little boy that lives in my mouth.
Dick Hallorann
Is Tony the one that tells you things?
Danny Torrance
Yes.
Dick Hallorann
How'd you like some ice cream, Doc?