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|Born||Eugene W. Jackson Jr., II
December 25, 1916
Buffalo, New York
|Died||October 26, 2001
Cause of death
When he joined the gang, Jackson, replaced the series' first black member, Ernie "Sunshine Sammy" Morrison. Jackson was nicknamed Pineapple because of his haircut's similarity to the shape of the pineapple fruit.
He played the character Humidor, in one of Mary Pickford's most successful films, Little Annie Rooney (1925). A very large (10 Sheet) film poster of the cast of Little Annie Rooney, including Jackson, hangs in the lobby of the Mary Pickford Theatre of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Hollywood.
He also starred in Hearts in Dixie (1929), one of the first all-talkie, big-studio productions to boast a predominately African-American cast. He was the first African-American child to have a speaking part in a major motion picture.
Jackson's son, Eugene (Gene) W. Jackson III, has also worked in Hollywood most of his life. He played the key character Gabriel in the Civil War drama Shenandoah, opposite James Stewart. He played a musician in the marching band in Porgy and Bess with Sammy Davis Jr.. In television, he started as a film loader and later a camera assistant on classic programs such as Emergency!, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Columbo, The Six Million Dollar Man, and as a camera operator on Mork and Mindy, as well as the more recent Evening Shade, Hearts Afire, Hunter, Cheers, Hill Street Blues, Seinfeld, According To Jim, and Girlfriends.
He wrote an autobiography in 1999, that contains many pictures taken during his long career in show business.
- See Jackson autobiography in Note 2 below
- Jackson, Eugene W. II with Gwendolyn Sides St. Julian, Eugene "Pineapple" Jackson: His Own Story. Jefferson, North Carolina, U.S.A. McFarland & Co Inc Pub. 1999, 1st Edition. 0786405333 Hard Cover. Ill.: Photo Illustrated. 6.5 x 9.5 hard cover book. White lettering on the pink spine with a black-and-white photo illustrated cover. Join Eugene Jackson as he shares his life story - a story that preserves the history of vaudeville and early Hollywood, and chronicles the African American experience in twentieth-century entertainment. 223 pages.