1902 - Born in Key West, Florida on the 30th of May.
1947 - He was also the first black actor to become a millionaire. Unfortunately, Perry was a far better actor than he was a manager of his own money, and he was forced to declare bankruptcy.
1960 - Perry converted to Islam and became a friend of heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali, with both men claiming Perry taught Ali a particular punch.
1976 - The Hollywood chapter of the NAACP awarded him a Special Image Award, acknowledging that, whatever the stereotype his famous alter ego had inspired, his had been a trailblazing career without which many black film careers might have been more difficult to make.
- Perry was inducted into the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame.
- He appeared in 54 films and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
1985 - Died on the 19th of November in Woodland Hills, California.
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