Charles Mack (blackface Performer)
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Charles Mack Blackface Performer
Moran and Mack in character in 1929.

Charles Sellers (White Cloud, Kansas, November 22, 1888 January 11, 1934) was an American minstrel show performer who worked in blackface under the stage name Charles Mack. He worked with John Swor and later George Moran as the Two Black Crows.[1]

Biography

He married Marian Robinson. They divorced in 1931.[2][3] He later married Myrtle Buckley on July 24, 1932 in San Diego, California.[4]

He died on January 11, 1934 in Mesa, Arizona from a car accident. He was driving when a tire blew out and the car overturned several times, his wife was injured but survived. Also in the car were his daughter, Mary Jane Mack; George Moran and Mack Sennett. The funeral arrangements were made by W. C. Fields and William S. Hart. Hart gave the eulogy and Noah Beery sang.[5][6] He was buried in Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California.[7] His estate was valued at $50,000 (approximately $895,000 today).[8]

References

  1. ^ Vaudeville old & new: an encyclopedia of variety performances in America 0415938538 Frank Cullen, Florence Hackman, Donald McNeilly - 2007 -"... known professionally as Charles Mack, although a few sources confuse him with another actor, Charles Emmett Mack ... However, until the advent of Amos 'n' Andy, Two Black Crows was the most popular blackface comedy act in America .."
  2. ^ "Charles Mack Sues Wife. Actor Seeks Divorce, While She Plans to File Cross Bill". New York Times. Associated Press. July 24, 1931. Retrieved . 
  3. ^ "Mack Asks a Divorce. Decision Is Reserved in Suit Brought by Radio Performer". New York Times. October 24, 1931. Retrieved . 
  4. ^ "Charles Mack Marries". New York Times. July 25, 1932. Retrieved . 
  5. ^ "Mack's Funeral At Los Angeles, Widow Decides". Chicago Tribune. January 13, 1934. 
  6. ^ "W. S. Hart To Hold Mack Funeral Rites. Former Two-Gun Hero of Screen to Pay Last Tribute to Noted Comedian". New York Times. January 14, 1934. Retrieved . 
  7. ^ "Charles E. Mack Buried. William S. Hart Gives Eulogy and Noah Beery Sings at Service". New York Times. January 16, 1934. Retrieved . 
  8. ^ "Mack Estate Put at $50,000". New York Times. Associated Press. February 7, 1934. Retrieved . 

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