Leigh Rollin Whipper (October 29, 1876 – July 26, 1975) was an American actor on the stage and in motion pictures. He was the first African American to join the Actors' Equity Association, and one of the founders of the Negro Actors Guild of America. He is best known for creating the role of Crooks in the original Broadway production of Of Mice and Men, which he reprised in the 1939 film version.
Whipper was the son of African-American educator, author and activist Frances Rollin Whipper and a nephew of abolitionist William Whipper, attorney William J. Whipper. Educated at Howard University Law School, he left in 1895 and never practiced as a lawyer. Without any dramatic training, he made his first Broadway appearance in Georgia Minstrels. His first film role was in the 1920 silent film The Symbol of the Unconquered.
- Within Our Gates (1920)
- The Symbol of the Unconquered (1920) - Tugi - an Indian Fakir
- Of Mice and Men (1939) - Crooks
- Robin Hood of the Pecos (1941) - Kezeye
- Virginia (1941) - Ezechial
- Road to Zanzibar (1941) - Scarface
- King of the Zombies (1941) - Momba
- Bahama Passage (1941) - Morales
- Lady for a Night (1942) - Joe Cupid, the Charm Seller (uncredited)
- The Vanishing Virginian (1942) - Uncle Josh
- Heart of the Golden West (1942) - Rango
- White Cargo (1942) - Jim Fish
- The Oxbow Incident (1943) - Sparks (uncredited)
- Mission to Moscow (1943) - Haile Selassie (uncredited)
- Happy Land (1943) - Old Ben (uncredited)
- The Impostor (1944) - Toba
- The Yellow Rose of Texas (1944) - Dock Singer (uncredited)
- Dark Waters (1944) - Minor Role (uncredited)
- Jungle Queen (1945, Serial) - Native (uncredited)
- The Hidden Eye (1945) - Alistair
- Young Widow (1946) - Nate (uncredited)
- Undercurrent (1946) - George
- Untamed Fury (1947) - Uncle Gabe
- Lost Boundaries (1949) - Janitor
- The Shrike (1955) - Carlisle
- The Young Don't Cry (1957) - Doosy
- The New York Public Library Archives & Manuscripts. "Leigh Rollin Whipper papers". Retrieved 5 October 2013.
- Watts, Jill (2006). Hattie McDaniel: Black Ambition, White Hollywood. Amistad. p. 209.
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