Godfrey Cambridge Biography
Birthday: February 26, 1933 (Pisces)
Born In: New York City, New York
Godfrey Cambridge was an American actor and comedian who was called one of the most celebrated black comics by Time magazine. Known for his unique comedy style, he played many humorous and dramatic characters in the early 1970s. His parents were immigrants from British Guiana and Godfrey was born to them in New York City. However, his early years were spent in Nova Scotia, Canada, where he lived with his grandparents, as his parents did not like the public-school system of New York. After graduating from school, Godfrey studied medicine for three years before deciding to pursue a career in acting. As his acting career was yet to pick up, he supported himself by doing many odd jobs, including that of a cab driver, bead sorter, ambulance driver, gardener and New York City Housing Authority clerk. One of his most memorable films is ‘Watermelon Man’, in which he played a white man who turns black overnight. Godfrey was a thoughtful, charming, quick-witted and brutally frank person, whose intelligence commanded respect from everyone he came across.