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Eddie Anderson

Spirit of Eddie Anderson Lives on in LA -- Played Role of Jack Benny's Sidekick Rochester

Kate Kelly | Posted 02.17.2016 | Los Angeles
Kate Kelly

Anderson's son, Eddie Anderson Jr., took responsibility for creating a foundation and gaining the needed approvals for the rehabilitation center his father envisioned. In 1989, the mansion opened its doors to fulfill that purpose, but Eddie Anderson Jr. had bigger plans to honor the memory of his dad.

Eddie Anderson Broke Racial Barriers With Role of 'Rochester' on The Jack Benny Program

Kate Kelly | Posted 03.31.2014 | Entertainment
Kate Kelly

Pullman porter, waiter, valet -- these don't sound like breakthrough parts, but for an African-American actor who was accustomed to producers casting white men in the roles of black people (these were the days of Amos and Andy), these parts offered a major opportunity.