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Overview (4)

Born in Terre Haute, Indiana, USA
Died in Van Nuys, California, USA  (pneumonia and lung cancer)
Birth NameBenjamin Sherman Crothers
Height 5' 10" (1.78 m)

Mini Bio (2)

Scatman Crothers was born Benjamin Sherman Crothers on May 23, 1910 in Terre Haute, Indiana. Songwriter ("Dearest One"), actor, composer, singer, comedian and guitarist who, after high school, appeared in nightclubs, hotels, films and on television. He made many records, including his own compositions. He joined ASCAP in 1959, and his popular-song compositions also include "The Gal Looks Good", "Nobody Knows Why", "I Was There", "A Man's Gotta Eat" and "When, Oh When". Scatman Crothers died at age 76 of pneumonia and lung cancer at his home in Van Nuys, California on November 22, 1986.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Hup234!

Played drums and sang at this point in bebop compo in Chicago in early '40s.dabbling in bebop, the new jazz style being pioneered by the likes of Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker, by this time. In 1946, Crothers took over from Leo Watson as drummer of Slim Gaillard's Trio in 1946 after settling in Los Angeles. Made a bunch of records starting in 1947, in 1948 Crothers was introduced to Phil Harris, a radio star and regular on Jack Benny's program. He and Harris--like Crothers a native of Indiana--immediately hit it off. Together Crothers and Harris recorded a song called "Chattanooga Shoeshine Boy," which they introduced on Harris's NBC radio show The Phil Harris--Alice Faye Show. Crothers recorded two more hits later that year: "On the Sunny Side of the Street" and "Dead Man's Blues." He became a regular guest on Harris's show, and the pair continued to collaborate on records and in films for years to come.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Matthew Berg

Spouse (1)

Helen Crothers (15 July 1937 - 22 November 1986) ( his death) ( 1 child)

Trade Mark (3)

Clean-shaven head.
Scratchy, jazzy voice.
His large smile.

Trivia (16)

Some sources erroneously credit him as Billie Holiday's jilting lover in the Duke Ellington one-reeler, "Symphony in Black" (1936), a role actually portrayed by Earl 'Snake Hips' Tucker. The song Billie sang was "Saddest Tale".
Following his death, he was interred at Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills) in Los Angeles, California.
Had 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.
Was close friends with Jack Nicholson. They appeared together in four films: The King of Marvin Gardens (1972), One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975), The Fortune (1975) and The Shining (1980).
Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume Two, 1986-1990, pages 215-216. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons (1999).
Continued to work on television after being diagnosed with lung cancer (1985), which then spread to his esophagus.
He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6712 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on April 8, 1981.
Passed 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).
Like Mark Twain (1835-1910), 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).
He was awarded the 1981 Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor as Dick Hallorann in Stanley Kubrick's horror classic The Shining (1980).
Stanley Kubrick's horror classic The Shining (1980) was released in the theaters of the United States on his 70th birthday (May 23, 1980).
Posthumously inducted into the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame in Oakland, California (1987).
Had one daughter: Donna Crothers (born 1949).
Born on the same date as Artie Shaw.
His nickname is from his skill at singing "scat". This is a form of bebop jazz that involves the rhythmic singing of nonsense syllables in a complex and musical way (such as "be-ba-doo-wah"). Famous scat singers include such stars as Cab Calloway and Ella Fitzgerald. The complex scat melodies sequed back into versions with lyrics by such artists as Joni Mitchell. Scat is the direct ancestor of "doo-wop" singing and one of the ancestors of hip-hop.
He has appeared in two films that have been selected for the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically or aesthetically" significant: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) and The Shining (1980).

Personal Quotes (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.

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