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Jester Joseph Hairston
Birth: Jul. 9, 1901
Belews Creek
Forsyth County
North Carolina, USA
Death: Jan. 18, 2000, USA

Actor, Musician. An arranger, composer, traveling choir leader, actor and story teller, his career took him all over the world. Best remebered for his TV role as Rolly Forbes on the TV show "Amen." The grandson of slaves, he was born in 1901 in Belews Creek, North Carolina. A star athlete in high school and college, he graduated as a Cum Laude music major from Tufts University and then furthered his studies at Julliard School of Music in New York. In 1936 he came to Hollywood with Hall Johnson to help with arranging the chorous music for "Green Pastures." In 1937 he became a founding member of the Screen Actors Guild. In 1943 he formed his own choir and arranged the choral background music for many of Hollywood's outstanding films, among them "Carmen Jones." As an actor he played a number of character roles on television and motion pictures. He played on "Amos and Andy" for 15 years and also played 'Wildcat' on the 1970s TV show "That's My Mama." He died in Los Angeles one year before reaching his 100th birthday. (bio by: Curtis Jackson) 
 
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  Isabel Margaret Hairston (1912 - 1986)*
 
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Burial:
Inglewood Park Cemetery
Inglewood
Los Angeles County
California, USA
Plot: Manchester Garden Mausoleum, Sanctuary of Radiance, Crypt B-13
 
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Record added: May 19, 2002
Find A Grave Memorial# 6426716
Jester Joseph Hairston
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you were a great actor rest in peace
- deborah dyess
 Added: Mar. 6, 2014

- DENA ANN
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