Known for movies

Short Info

DiedNovember 22, 1986, Van Nuys, Los Angeles, California, United States
SpouseHelen Sullivan
MarkClean-shaven head.
FactWas close friends with Academy Award winner Jack Nicholson.

Scatman Crothers was an American actor, singer, and dancer. He was born in Terre Haute, Indiana, on May 23, 1910, to Donnie and Benjamin Crothers. His father was a vaudeville performer and his mother was a gospel singer. Crothers’ siblings were all vaudeville performers as well. He began his career as a musician, playing the drums in various clubs and theaters.

He also played the saxophone and clarinet. In the early 1930s, he began appearing in films, often playing musicians or other supporting roles. He also had a successful career as a singer, recording several albums of jazz and pop standards. Crothers appeared in over 150 films and television shows during his career.

He is perhaps best known for his roles in the films “The Shining” (1980), “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” (1975), and “Blazing Saddles” (1974). He also had a recurring role on the television series “Chico and the Man” (1974-1978). Crothers died of cancer on November 22, 1986, at the age of 76. ..

General Info

Full NameScatman Crothers
DiedNovember 22, 1986, Van Nuys, Los Angeles, California, United States
Height1.77 m
ProfessionComedian, Singer, Voice Actor, Composer, Guitarist, Songwriter, Dancer


SpouseHelen Sullivan
ChildrenDonna Crothers
ParentsBenjamin Crothers, Donel Crothers


AwardsSaturn Award for Best Supporting Actor
MoviesThe Shining, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, The Aristocats, Twilight Zone: The Movie, Coonskin, Bronco Billy, The Shootist, Black Belt Jones, The Transformers: The Movie, The King of Marvin Gardens, Zapped!, The Journey of Natty Gann, The Fortune, Friday Foster, Stay Hungry, Truck Turner, Two of a...
TV ShowsHong Kong Phooey, Chico and the Man, The Transformers, Morningstar/Eveningstar, The Super Globetrotters, The Skatebirds, Scooby's All-Star Laff-A-Lympics, Harlem Globetrotters, One of the Boys, Paw Paws, Roots, Casablanca

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#Marks / Signs
1His large smile.
2Scratchy, jazzy voice.
3Clean-shaven head.


1[on working with director Stanley Kubrick in The Shining (1980)] That movie was all right to make, but you know, Stanley likes to do a lot of takes. It gets kind of boring, but when you take a job, you do it.


1Posthumously inducted into the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame in Oakland, California (1987).
2The horror film The Shining (1980) was released in the theaters of the United States on his 70th birthday (May 23, 1980).
3He was awarded the 1981 Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor as Dick Hallorann in the horror film The Shining (1980).
4Like Mark Twain (1935-1910), he was born the year Halley's Comet returned to Earth (April 20, 1910), and died the year the comet came back around again (November 22, 1986).
5Passed away 11 days after the passing of Roger C. Carmel. Their final feature film was The Transformers: The Movie (1986), where they voiced two characters on opposing sides: Jazz, the Autobot (Crothers) and Cyclonus, the Decepticon (Carmel).
6He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6712 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on April 8, 1981.
7Had appeared with Jack Nicholson in four films: The King of Marvin Gardens (1972), One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975), The Fortune (1975) and The Shining (1980).
8He and his wife Helen Crothers had one daughter: Donna Crothers (born 1949).
9Continued to work on television after being diagnosed with lung cancer in 1985, which then spread to his esophagus.
10Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume Two, 1986-1990, pages 215-216. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1999.
11Was close friends with Academy Award winner Jack Nicholson.
12Had appeared as a guest musician on the local music program The Spade Cooley Show (1957). Cooley, a white Western swing musician, hosted the show for a local Los Angeles television station.
13Following his death, he was interred at Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills) in Los Angeles, California.
14Some sources erroneously credit him as Billie Holiday's jilting lover in the 1936 Duke Ellington one-reeler, "Symphony in Black", a role actually portrayed by Earl 'Snake Hips' Tucker. The song Billie sang was "Saddest Tale".




We Got It Made1984TV SeriesFranklin
Hill Street Blues1984TV SeriesLionel 'Train' Talbot
Grandpa, Will You Run with Me?1983TV MovieSketch Performer
Two of a Kind1983Earl
Hotel1983TV SeriesGarland Fisk
Casablanca1983TV SeriesSam
Twilight Zone: The Movie1983Mr. Bloom (Segment #2)
Taxi1983TV SeriesWalt
Jokebook1982TV SeriesMain Title Singer (1982) (voice)
Missing Children: A Mother's Story1982TV MovieMose Wheeler
It Takes Two1982TV SeriesManny Gilliam
Deadly Eyes1982George Foskins
Zapped!1982Dexter Jones
One of the Boys1982TV SeriesBernard Solomon
American Playhouse1982TV SeriesParking Attendant
Benson1982TV SeriesRev. Tompkins
Trollkins1981TV SeriesAdditional Voices
The Harlem Globetrotters on Gilligan's Island1981TV MovieDewey Stevens
Magnum, P.I.1981TV SeriesTickler
Revenge of the Gray Gang1981TV MovieReuben Milo
NBC Special Treat1980TV SeriesT.P. Jackson
Bronco Billy1980Doc Lynch
The Shining1980Dick Hallorann
Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels1977-1980TV SeriesAdditional Voices
Laverne & Shirley1980TV SeriesPorter
Banjo the Woodpile Cat1979TV ShortCrazy Legs (voice)
Scavenger Hunt1979Sam
The Super Globetrotters1979TV SeriesNate Branch / Liquid Man
The Incredible Hulk1979TV SeriesEdgar McGee
Vega$1978-1979TV SeriesRosey / Rosie
ABC Weekend Specials1979TV Series
Flying High1978TV SeriesCrothers
Charlie's Angels1978TV SeriesJip Baker
The Cheap Detective1978Tinker
Mean Dog Blues1978Mudcat
Chico and the Man1974-1978TV SeriesLouie Wilson Louie
Scooby's Laff-A Lympics1977TV SeriesHong Kong Phooey (voice)
C B Bears1977TV SeriesSegment title narrator
The Skatebirds1977TV SeriesScat Cat (voice)
Starsky and Hutch1977TV SeriesFireball
Roots1977TV Mini-SeriesMingo
Silver Streak1976Ralston
Chesty Anderson U.S. Navy1976Ben Benson (as Scat-Man Crothers)
The David Steinberg Show1976TV Series
The Shootist1976Moses
Stay Hungry1976William
Petrocelli1976TV SeriesJubilee Jones
Friday Foster1975Noble Franklin
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest1975Turkle
Coonskin1975Pappy / Old Man Bone (as Scat Man Crothers)
Man on the Outside1975TV MovieRuben Hammer
The Fortune1975Fisherman
Linda Lovelace for President1975Super Black
Sanford and Son1975TV SeriesBowlegs
Hong Kong Phooey1974TV SeriesHong Kong Phooey / Penrod 'Penry' Pooch
Win, Place or Steal1974Attendant
The Odd Couple1974TV SeriesBlind Man
Mannix1974TV SeriesMudcat
McMillan & Wife1974TV SeriesFloyd
Kolchak: The Night Stalker1974TV SeriesUncle Filemon
The Sty of the Blind Pig1974TV MovieDoc
Toma1974TV Series
Truck Turner1974Duke
Black Belt Jones1974Pop Byrd
Griff1973TV SeriesJoe Rawls
Ironside1973TV SeriesJason
Kojak1973TV SeriesGaylord Fuller
The New Temperatures Rising Show1973TV SeriesTimmy
The New Scooby-Doo Movies1972-1973TV SeriesGeorge 'Meadowlark' Lemon
Slaughter's Big Rip-Off1973Cleveland
Detroit 90001973Reverend Markham
Adam-121972TV SeriesGeorge Strothers
Love, American Style1969-1972TV Series segment "Love and the Perfect Wedding" / One-Man Band segment "Love and the Dummies"
- Love and the Clinic/Love and the Perfect Wedding/Love and the President/Love and the Return of Raymond 1972 ... segment "Love and the Perfect Wedding"
Lady Sings the Blues1972Big Ben
The King of Marvin Gardens1972Lewis (as Benjamin 'Scatman' Crothers)
The Lorax1972TV ShortSinger (voice, uncredited)
Nichols1972TV SeriesJack
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color1971TV SeriesKing Louie
Bewitched1971TV SeriesHandler
The Good Life1971TV SeriesRodney
Harlem Globe Trotters1970-1971TV SeriesGeorge 'Meadowlark' Lemon
The AristoCats1970Scat Cat (voice)
The Governor & J.J.1970TV SeriesRupert
Barefoot in the Park1970TV Series
The Great White Hope1970Carnival Barker (uncredited)
Bloody Mama1970Moses (as 'Scatman' Crothers)
Hello, Dolly!1969Mr. Jones - Porter (uncredited)
Hook, Line and Sinker1969The Corpse (uncredited)
Dragnet 19671967TV SeriesDave Richmond
Alvarez Kelly1966Bellhop (uncredited)
Three on a Couch1966Man (uncredited)
The Family Jewels1965Airport Employee (uncredited)
The Famous Adventures of Mr. Magoo1964TV Series voice
The Patsy1964Shoeshine Boy
Lady in a Cage1964Junkyard Proprietor's Assistant (uncredited)
Bonanza1961TV SeriesJud
The Sins of Rachel Cade1961Musinga
Bourbon Street Beat1959TV SeriesJoe
Matty's Funnies with Beany and Cecil1959TV SeriesWildman of Wildsville (voice)
Porgy and Bess1959Crabman
Alias Jesse James1959Railroad Porter (uncredited)
Tarzan and the Trappers1958TV MovieTyana (as Sherman Crothers)
Alfred Hitchcock Presents1958TV SeriesTimothy
Schlitz Playhouse1958TV Series
The Gift of Love1958Sam the Gardener (uncredited)
The Adventures of Jim Bowie1957TV SeriesCicero
Between Heaven and Hell1956George (uncredited)
Climax!1955TV Series
Walking My Baby Back Home1953'Smiley' Gordon (as Scat Man Crothers)
East of Sumatra1953Baltimore
Lux Video Theatre1953TV Series
Meet Me at the Fair1953Enoch Jones
The Return of Gilbert & Sullivan1952Short
The Colgate Comedy Hour1952TV SeriesSketch Actor
Yes Sir, Mr. Bones1951Scatman
Transformers: The Return of Optimus Prime1987VideoJazz
Rock Odyssey1987Jukebox (voice)
The Transformers: The Movie1986Jazz (voice)
Morningstar/Eveningstar1986TV SeriesExcell Dennis
Paw Paws1985-1986TV SeriesEugene the Genie
The Transformers1984-1986TV SeriesJazz
The Paper Chase1985TV SeriesMr. Sims
The Journey of Natty Gann1985Sherman
Matt Houston1985TV SeriesMoonshine Moody
The Love Boat1978-1984TV SeriesMalcolm / Virgil 'Scattergun' Gibson
Pryor's Place1984TV SeriesUncle Moses


American Playhouse1982TV Series performer - 1 episode
Banjo the Woodpile Cat1979TV Short performer: "I'll Stick with You, Kid"
Scavenger Hunt1979performer: "There's Enough For Everyone"
The Cheap Detective1978performer: "Jeepers Creepers" - uncredited
Coonskin1975music: "Ah'm A Nigger Man"
Sanford and Son1975TV Series 1 episode
The AristoCats1970performer: "Ev'rybody Wants To Be A Cat"
Alice in Wonderland or What's a Nice Kid Like You Doing in a Place Like This?1966TV Movie performer: "What's a Nice Kid Like You"
Walking My Baby Back Home1953as Scat Man Crothers, "Man's Gotta Eat"
Surprising Suzie1953Short performer: "You've Gotta Have Personality" - as Scat-Man Crothers
Meet Me at the Fair1953performer: "Oh! Susanna", "Ezekiel Saw de Wheel", "All God's Chillun Got Shoes", "I Was There", "I Got the Shiniest Mouth in Town" - uncredited / writer: "I Was There" - uncredited
The Colgate Comedy Hour1952TV Series performer - 1 episode


Biography1996TV Series documentaryHimself
The Wonderful World of Jonathan Winters1986Himself
This Is Your Life1984TV SeriesHimself
The 5th Annual Black Achievement Awards1984TV SpecialHimself
Salute!1983TV SeriesHimself
Ebony/Jet Showcase1983TV SeriesHimself
Madame's Place1982TV SeriesHimself
The John Davidson Show1982TV SeriesHimself
Kids Are People, Too1981TV SeriesHimself
Ad Lib1981/ITV SeriesHimself
The Third Annual Black Achievement Awards1980TV SpecialHimself
The 1980 Sci-Fi Awards1980TV SpecialHimself
Making 'The Shining'1980TV Short documentaryHimself
Sha Na Na1980TV SeriesHimself
Fantasy Film Festival1979TV SeriesHimself
NBC Salutes the 25th Anniversary of the Wonderful World of Disney1978TV Movie documentaryHimself
Dinah!1975-1977TV SeriesHimself
Dean Martin Celebrity Roast: Ted Knight1977TV SpecialHimself
The 3rd Annual People's Choice Awards1977TV SpecialHimself - Accepting Special Award to Roots
Dean Martin Celebrity Roast: Angie Dickinson1977TV SpecialHimself
Break the Bank1977TV SeriesHimself
The David Steinberg Show1976TV SeriesHimself
The Rich Little Show1976TV SeriesHimself
Joys1976TV SpecialHimself
The Mike Douglas Show1975-1976TV SeriesHimself - Actor
Celebrity Bowling1976TV SeriesHimself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1975TV SeriesHimself
Sammy and Company1975TV SeriesHimself
Andy Williams Presents1974TV MovieHimself
The Spade Cooley Show1957TV SeriesHimself (Guest Musician)
Johnny Dark1954Himself
The Colgate Comedy Hour1952-1954TV SeriesHimself
Surprising Suzie1953ShortHimself (as Scat-Man Crothers)
King Cole Trio & Benny Carter Orchestra1950ShortHimself - Comedian (as Scat-Man Crothers)
City at Night1949TV SeriesHimself - Musician (1949)

Archive Footage

No Small Parts2014TV Series documentaryHimself
Cinemassacre's Monster Madness2012TV Series documentaryMr. Bloom (Segment #2)
Room 2372012/IDocumentaryDick Hallorann (uncredited)
Renée2011DocumentaryHimself (uncredited)
The Music of Disney: A Legacy in Song1992Video documentaryScat Cat
Disney Sing-Along-Songs: The Bare Necessities1987Video shortScat Cat
KTLA at 40: A Celebration of Los Angeles Television1986TV MovieHimself


Won Awards

1981Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest Supporting ActorThe Shining (1980)
1981Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameMotion PictureOn 8 April 1981. At 6712 Hollywood Blvd.

Nominated Awards

1984Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest Supporting ActorTwilight Zone: The Movie (1983)
1971GrammyGrammy AwardsBest Recording for ChildrenThe AristoCats (1970)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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