Eddie "Rochester" Anderson

American actor and comedian (1905–1977) / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Edmund Lincoln Anderson (September 18, 1905 – February 28, 1977) was an American actor and comedian. To a generation of early radio and television comedy he was known as "Rochester".

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Eddie "Rochester" Anderson
Anderson c. 1947
Edmund Lincoln Anderson

(1905-09-18)September 18, 1905
DiedFebruary 28, 1977(1977-02-28) (aged 71)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Resting placeEvergreen Cemetery, Los Angeles, California
Other namesEddie "Rochester" Anderson
  • Actor
  • comedian
Years active1919–1973
Known forRochester Van Jones on The Jack Benny Program
Mamie Wiggins Nelson
(m. 1939; died 1954)
Eva Simon
(m. 1956; div. 1973)

Anderson entered show business as a teenager on the vaudeville circuit. In the early 1930s, he transitioned into films and radio. In 1937, he began his role of Rochester van Jones, usually known simply as Rochester, the valet of Jack Benny on the NBC radio show The Jack Benny Program. Anderson became the first African American to have a regular role on a nationwide radio program. When the series moved to CBS television in 1950, Anderson continued in the role until the series ended in 1965.

After the series ended, Anderson remained active with guest-starring roles on television and voice work in animated series. He was also an avid horse-racing fan who owned several race horses and worked as a horse trainer at the Hollywood Park Racetrack. He was married twice and had four children. He died of heart disease in February 1977 at the age of 71.

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