James Baskett

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James Baskett
Born(1904-02-16)February 16, 1904
Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.
DiedJuly 9, 1948(1948-07-09) (aged 44)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Other namesJimmie Baskette
Jimmy Baskette
OccupationActor
Years active1929–48

James Baskett (February 16, 1904 – July 9, 1948) was an American actor. He was known for his role as Uncle Remus, singing the song "Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah" in the 1946 Disney feature movie Song of the South.[1] He was given an Honorary Academy Award, making him the very first male performer of African descent to receive an Oscar.

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  1. Ronald H. Bayor, "Roads to Racial Segregation: Atlanta in the Twentieth Century", Journal of Urban History, Vol. 15, No. 1, 3–21 (1988).

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