Maceo Bruce Sheffield

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Maceo Bruce Sheffield
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Born(1897-09-08)September 8, 1897
Texas, USA
DiedAugust 20, 1959(1959-08-20) (aged 61)
Los Angeles County, California, USA
CitizenshipUnited States of America
  • Police detective
  • Actor

Maceo Bruce Sheffield (September 8, 1897 - August 20,.1959)[1] was a police detective and an actor in American films. He worked in Los Angeles as a policeman[2] before acting and assisting in the production of films with African American casts. He was also a stuntman and pilot.[3] He portrayed a swindler in Lucky Ghost as Dr. Brutus Blake in the sequel to Mr. Washington Goes to Town.

He was notorious for his work as a poloce officer with the Black press describing him as someone who beat people up and he and his partner producing a large number of arrests of African Americans. Protests in 1927 resulted from his shooting in the head of a suspect.[4] He later owned a cafe and club.[5][6]

He was critical of the opportinities for African Americans in the film industry and referred to the exploited actors as "stooges". He was involved with the production company behind Harlem on the Prairie, a groundbreaking Western themed musical film featuring Black actors. [7][8]

He is credited with insliring Count Basie's song "Every Tub".[9]

In the 1950s, he photographed the presentation of a scroll honoring Frederick Madison Roberts.[10]


  • The Adventures of Tarzan (1921) as Waziri Chief[11]
  • Harlem on the Prairie (1937) as Wolf Cain
  • Up Jumped the Devil (1941) as Bad News Johnson
  • Mr. Washington Goes to Town (1942)[12] as Brutus Blake
  • Lucky Ghost (1942) as Dr. Brutus Blake
  • Professor Creeps (1942) as Shylock the Landlord
  • Look Out Sister (1946)[13]

In the media



  2. Robinson, Cedric J. (September 1, 2012). "Forgeries of Memory and Meaning: Blacks and the Regimes of Race in American Theater and Film before World War II". UNC Press Books – via Google Books.
  4. Hernández, Kelly Lytle (February 15, 2017). "City of Inmates: Conquest, Rebellion, and the Rise of Human Caging in Los Angeles, 1771–1965". UNC Press Books – via Google Books.
  5. Govenar, Alan (December 10, 2008). "Untold Glory: African Americans in Pursuit of Freedom, Opportunity, and Achievement". Crown – via Google Books.
  7. Sampson, Henry T. (October 30, 2013). "Blacks in Blackface: A Sourcebook on Early Black Musical Shows". Scarecrow Press – via Google Books.
  11. Lemmo, David (January 26, 2017). "Tarzan, Jungle King of Popular Culture". McFarland – via Google Books.
  12. "The Film Daily Year Book of Motion Pictures". Film and Television Daily. October 12, 1941 – via Google Books.

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