Sam McDaniel

Sam McDaniel

Born 1886

Sam McDaniel was an African American actor who appeared in over 210 television shows and films between 1929 and 1950. He was the older brother of actresses Hattie McDaniel and Etta McDaniel. born in Wichita, Kansas, to former slaves. He was one of 13 children. His father Henry McDaniel fought in the Civil War with the 122nd USCT and her mother, Susan Holbert, was a singer of religious music.… Read More

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1886 Birth Born on January 28, 1886.


1900 14 Years Old In 1900, the family moved to Colorado, living first in Fort Collins and then in Denver where he grew up and graduated from Denver East High School. … Read More


1931 45 Years Old In 1931, McDaniel found work in Los Angeles with sisters Hattie, Etta and Orlena. … Read More


1937 51 Years Old He played Doc in the 1937 film Captains Courageous.


1947 61 Years Old He appeared uncredited as a waiter on a train in both the 1947 film The Egg and I (with Fred MacMurray and Claudette Colbert) and its first followup Ma and Pa Kettle (1949). … Read More
1962 77 Years Old McDaniel died of throat cancer on September 24, 1962 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California.
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