Benjamin Sherman Crothers

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    Benjamin Sherman Crothers

    Born: May 23, 1910

    Terre Haute, Indiana, U.S.


    November 22, 1986 (aged 76)

    Van Nuys, California, U.S.

    Resting place

    Forest Lawn Memorial Park - Hollywood Hills, California



    Years active



    Helen Sullivan

    (m. 1937)

    Benjamin Sherman Crothers (May 23, 1910 – November 22, 1986), known professionally as Scatman Crothers, was an American actor and musician. He is known for playing Louie the Garbage Man on the TV show Chico and the Man, and Dick Hallorann in Stanley Kubrick's The Shining (1980). He was also a prolific voice-over actor who provided the voices of Meadowlark Lemon in the Harlem Globetrotters animated TV series, Jazz the Autobot in The Transformers and The Transformers: The Movie (1986), the title character in Hong Kong Phooey, and Scat Cat in the animated film The Aristocats (1970).

    He had the part of a fable-telling convict in the animated film Coonskin (1975), a train porter in Silver Streak (1976), a liveryman in The Shootist (1976), Mingo in Roots[5] (1977), a ringmaster in Bronco Billy (1980), a baseball coach in Zapped! (1982), and angels in Two of a Kind (1983) and Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983).

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    I have always enjoyed the part in The Shootist, when he and Duke haggled over the price of Ol' Dollar. Brings a smile to my face every time.

    I think Chico and the Man was the first time I remember taking notice of him. I use to enjoy that show as well.