What Happened to the Cast of Amos 'n Andy

Unfortunately, none of the cast are alive today. "Lightnin'", the last living cast member, passed away in 2000 at the age of 90. Please check below to read on the after-production lives of each Amos 'n Andy star.

Tim Moore (George "Kingfish" Stevens)

Born Harry Roscoe "Tim" Moore in Rock Island, Illinois on December 9, 1887, the son of Harry and Cynthia Moore.

Died December 13, 1958 in Los Angeles, California, from Tuberculosis.

Information on burial, cemetery, etc. unknown.


Spencer Williams, Jr. (Andrew H. Brown)

Born July 14, 1893 in Vidalia, Louisiana, Spencer Williams had come out of retirement to play the role of Andy; when the show was cancelled, he lived on income from Social Security and a Military pension.

He died of kidney disease on December 13, 1969 in Los Angeles, California, and is buried in Section 209, row Z, space 3 in the Los Angeles National Cemetery.

Alvin Childress (Amos Jones)

Born September 10, 1907 in Meridian, Mississippi, he went on to work as a civil servant after Amos 'n Andy.

He died from Parkinson's Disease and Diabetes on April 19, 1986 in Inglewood, California, and was cremated.


Ernestine Wade (Sapphire Stevens)

Born August 7, 1906 in Jackson, Mississippi, Ernestine Wade played the organ in funeral parlors and worked as a legal secretary and bookkeeper following Amos 'n Andy.

She passed away from unknown causes on April 15, 1983 in Los Angeles, California.

Information on burial, cemetery, etc. unknown.

Amanda Randolph (Sapphire's Mama, Ramona Smith)

Born in Louisville, Kentucky on September 2, 1986, Amanda Randolph (real-life sister of Lillian Randolph, "Madame Queen") went on to play the maid in Danny Thomas's long-running situation comedy series.

Amanda Randolph Hansberry died of a stroke on August 24, 1967 in Duarte, California.

She is buried in Evergreen Lot 1054 at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in the Hollywood Hills of Los Angeles, California.

Lillian Randolph (Madame Queen)

Born December 14, 1914, in Knoxville, Tennessee, she was the mother of the late singer, Barbara Randolph.

Lillian Randolph McKee died of Cancer on Spetember 11, 1980, and is buried in near her sister Amanda ("Mama") in Gentleness Lot 1054, at Forest Lawn Memorial Park.


Johnny Lee (Algonquin J. Calhoun)

Born John Dodson Lee, Jr. in Los Angeles, California, on July 4, 1898

He passed away from a heart attack on December 12, 1965, also in Los Angeles.

Information on burial, cemetery, etc. unknown.

Nick Stewart / (Lightnin')

Born Horace Stewart on March 15, 1910 in New York City, Nick and his wife Edna ran a theater in Los Angeles which they founded. Plays were still being produced there in the 1980s.

He died at the age of 90 (the last surviving Amos 'n Andy cast member) on December 18, 2000 in Los Angeles, California.

Information on burial, cemetery, etc. unknown.

Throughout his life, Nick Stewart was an actor, teacher and cultural/community activist. Ironically, he was also the voice of Br'er Bear in Disney's Song of the South, which suffered a similar controversy as Amos 'n Andy.

Jester Hairston (Henry Van Porter / Leroy)

Jester Hairston portrayed the small role of socialite Henry Van Porter and also portrayed Saphhire's brother, Leroy Smith. Following Amos 'n Andy, h was a well-known director of Black choral groups and provided music for Robert Schuller (the television minister). He was an arranger, compose, traveling choir leader, actor and storyteller. He returned to television in the mid-1980s in his most memorable role as Rolly Forbes in the popular all-black sitcom, Amen!

Born July 9, 1901 in Belews Creek, North Carolina. The 5'2" Hairston was a grandson of slaves. A star athlete in high school and college, he graduated Cum Laude as a music major from Tufts University and furthered his education at the prestegious Julliard School of Music in New York City. A founding member of the Screen Actors Guild, Jester wrote the song, "Amen" for the film, "Lilies Of The Field" and dubbed the singing voice for Sidney Poitier.

Jester Hairston died in Los Angeles on January 18, 2000 one year before reaching his 100th birthday. He used his gifts from God and God blessed him to share these gifts with the world.

Information on burial, cemetery, etc. unknown.

Roy Glenn

Playing several roles in many Amos 'n Andy episodes, Roy Glenn was also the original voice of Tony the Tiger in the Kellogg's Sugar Frosted Flakes commercial in the early 1950's. His most well-known role came in the 1960s when he portrayed Sidney Poitier's father in Guess Who's Coming to Dinner.

Roy Glenn was born on 06/03/1914 in Pittsburg, KS and died in Los Angeles, CA on 03/12/1971 of a heart attack.

Patti Marie Ellis (Arbadella Jones, Amos' daughter)

I have no information on Patti Marie Ellis. If you know of anything regarding her post-Amos 'n Andy life or career, please email me.

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