Spencer Bell (actor)

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Spencer Bell
Blue Blood lobby card.jpg
Lobby card for Blue Blood (1925)
Born (1887-09-25)September 25, 1887
Lexington, Kentucky, U.S.
Died August 18, 1935(1935-08-18) (aged 47)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Other names G. Howe Black
Occupation Actor

Spencer Bell (September 25, 1887 - August 18, 1935) was an African-American actor, best known for playing opposite Larry Semon in several of his comedies.


Bell was born in Lexington, Kentucky. Prior to his Hollywood career, Bell worked as a chauffeur. He costarred with comedian Larry Semon in several of his silent comedies, notably The Wizard of Oz as Snowball, Rastus where he was credited as G. Howe Black, and the Cowardly Lion. During the 1930s, Bell regularly appeared in the Mickey McGuire film series. He briefly ran an acting troup in Harlem.

Bell died from complications from stomach surgery on August 18, 1935 in Los Angeles, California.

Selected filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1922 The Counter Jumper A Clerk
1923 No Wedding Bells The Butler
1923 The Gown Shop Janitor
1923 Lightning Love Butler
1924 Her Boy Friend Dock worker
1924 Kid Speed The Speed Kid's co-driver Alternative title: The Four Wheel Terror
1925 Wizard of Oz Cowardly Lion/Rastus/Snowball Credited as G. Howe Black
1925 Blue Blood Amos Jeenkins
1925 The Perfect Clown Snowflake Credited as G. Howe Black
1926 The Prince of Broadway Snowball
1927 Oh, What a Man! Waiter
1928 The Midnight Taxi Rastus
1929 The Rodeo Magnolia's Husband
1931 Smart Money Suntan Uncredited
1932 Heavens! My Husband! Porter Uncredited
1933 Blue of the Night Porter Uncredited

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