List of entertainers who performed in blackface

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This is a list of entertainers known to have performed in blackface makeup, whether in an overtly racist or comic "minstrel" role, as satire or historical depiction of such roles, or in a portrayal of a character using racial makeup as a disguise, for whatever reason.

Bert Williams, shown here in blackface, was the highest-paid African-American entertainer of his day.

A–C  D–G  H–L  M–R  S–Z

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  26. ^ Youngkin, Stephen (2005). The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre. The University Press of Kentucky. ISBN 978-0-8131-2360-8.
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  28. ^ "Neil O'Brien Dies at 85. Retired Minstrel Once With Primrose and Dockstader". New York Times. January 14, 1954. Retrieved 2015-02-02.
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