Reginald Fenderson

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Reginald Fenderson
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Born(1911-12-28)December 28, 1911
Philadelphia, PA, USA
DiedAugust 16, 1968(1968-08-16) (aged 56)
Los Angeles, CA, USA
CitizenshipUnited States
Spouse(s)Ella J.

Reginald Fenderson was an actor in theatrical productions and films in the United States. He appeared in various films with African American casts in the 1930s and 1940s.

Fenderson was an actor on the stage version and road tour of Green Pastures, playing the characters Joshua and the magician for at least five years.[1] He played a feature role in the film Reform School,[2] as an inmate named Freddie Gordon. The newspaper The Washington Afro-American stated that Fenderson "[handled] the role Freddie Gordon with admirable restraint, and is never guilty of melodramatics in a part that easily lends itself to over-portrayal."[3]

He was married to Ella J. in 1933. In 1938 they filed for divorce.[1]


  • The Green Pastures (film) (1936) as Joshua
  • Life Goes On (1938 film)[4] as Henry Weston, aka Monte Howard
  • Gang Smashers (1938)
  • While Thousands Cheer (1940) as Phil Harrington
  • Gang War (1940 film)
  • Lucky Ghost (1942) as Dealer
  • Reform School (film) as Freddie Gordon


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Former Green Pastures Star Seeks Divorce". The Chicago Defender (National Edition). 18 June 1938. p. 2. Retrieved 27 October 2020.
  2. "Movie World Awaits 'Reform School' Premiere". The Pittsburgh Courier. 22 April 1939. p. 21. Retrieved 27 October 2020.
  3. Dodson, Nell (6 May 1939). "Million Dollar Pictures Scores Dramatic Hit With "Reform School"". The Washington Afro-American. p. 11. Retrieved 27 October 2020.
  4. "Views of Exciting Moments in "Life Goes on," New Film Starring Louise Beavers". The Pittsburgh Courier. 12 February 1938. p. 13. Retrieved 27 October 2020.

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