Updated: Feb 19

Lincoln Theodore Monroe Andrew Perry , better known by the stage name Stepin Fetchit, was an American vaudevillian, comedian, and film actor of Jamaican and Bahamian descent, considered to be the first black actor to have a successful film career.

Perry got his break in Hollywood in 1927 when he was cast in the silent film In Old Kentucky. Perry created the character to make himself stand out from other actors vying for the role .Perry was at his peak and black leaders were putting pressure on Hollywood to rid the s

Finally, the white characters would become exasperated and do the work themselves. "And blacks understood it perfectly, and laughed heartily at it," Watkins says. For his part, Perry was laughing all the way to the bank. By the mid-1930s, he was a millionaire with a fleet of luxury cars and expensive suits. Perry was in a constant battle with Fox Studios to get equal pay and billing as his white co-stars -- a battle he never won.

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