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Godfrey MacArthur Cambridge (February 26, 1933 - November 29, 1976) was an American comedian and actor, who was especially popular in the late 1960s and early 1970's as a regular guest on The Merv Griffin Show and other talk shows. He had originally received a scholarship to study medicine but opted for an acting career instead. February 26 is the 57th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1933 (MCMXXXIII) was a common year starting on Sunday. ... November 29 is the 333rd day of the year (334th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1976 (MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the 1976 Gregorian calendar. ... A comedian, or comic, is an entertainer who amuses an audience by making them laugh. ... Actors in period costume sharing a joke whilst waiting between takes during location filming. ... The 1960s decade refers to the years from January 1, 1960 to December 31, 1969, inclusive. ... 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday. ... The Merv Griffin Show was a long-running American television talk show, starring singer Merv Griffin. ...


Memorable film roles include Watermelon Man, where he plays the lead character, a white bigot who one day wakes up and discovers his skin color has turned to black, and The President's Analyst, where he plays a depressed CIA agent. He perhaps reached his largest audience in a series of comical television commercials for Jockey brand underwear. DVD cover Watermelon Man is a 1970 comedy-drama film directed by Melvin Van Peebles and based on the book The Night the Sun Came out on Happy Hollow Lane by Herman Raucher. ... The Presidents Analyst is a 1967 comedy film written and directed by Theodore J. Flicker, starring James Coburn. ... Jockey International, Inc. ...


Cambridge is also remembered for his starring role in Beware! The Blob, a sequel to the The Blob, as well as appearances on several syndicated television programs, including Car 54 Where Are You ("The Curse of the Snitkins"), The Dick Van Dyke Show ("The Man From My Uncle"), and I Spy ("Court of the Lion"). Beware! The Blob is a 1972 sequel to The Blob. ... For other meanings of this term, see Blob. ... Car 54, Where Are You? was a TV comedy show that ran on Sunday nights from 1961 to 1963 on the NBC television network in the US. It followed the madcap adventures of NYPD officers in the fictional 53rd precinct in the The Bronx. ... The Dick Van Dyke Show was an American television situation comedy which aired on CBS from October 3, 1961 to September 7, 1966. ... The I-SPY books were spotters guides written for British children, and particularly successful in the 1950s and 60s. ...


Cambridge had a number of starring theatrical roles, both on and off Broadway, including his Broadway debut in Nature's Way (1951). He later appeared in The Blacks, in a performance that earned him an Obie award in 1961. He also did a stock version of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum some four years later. Hi! Youre car can speak <a href=http://immobilizer. ...


Cambridge was also well-known as a standup comedian who appeared on The Tonight Show and other shows. His routine was imbued with biting sarcasm and trenchant topical humor that was common in comedic circles at the time. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


Cambridge died of a heart attack while on the set of the movie Victory at Entebbe, in which he was to portray Idi Amin. Amin claimed Cambridge's death was "punishment from God." It is possible that the frequently overweight Cambridge's habit of yo-yo dieting contributed to his early demise, as his death was preceded by a rapid weight loss. Acute myocardial infarction (AMI or MI), more commonly known as a heart attack, is a disease state that occurs when the blood supply to a part of the heart is interrupted. ... Victory at Entebbe is a film made for television from 1976 based on an actual event: Operation Entebbe and the freeing of hostages at Entebbe Airport in Kampala, Uganda on July 4, 1976. ... Idi Amin Dada (c. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


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In 1961, Cambridge was one of several fl performers whose career was given a booster shot by appearing in Jean Genet's play The Blacks: he won an Obie award for his portrayal of an African American gentleman who transforms into an elderly white woman.
In films since 1959, Cambridge was starred as Harlem detective Gravedigger Jones in Cotton Comes to Harlem (1969) and Come Back Charleston Blue (1972); and, in an interesting variation of his Blacks role, Cambridge portrayed a white businessman who turns fl overnight in the bitter fantasy Watermelon Man (1969).
Godfrey Cambridge was 43 years old when, while playing Idi Amin in the TV production Victory at Entebbe, he collapsed on the set, the victim of a fatal heart attack.
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