Where Are They Now

Freeman Gosden -- died, Dec. 10, 1982, from heart failure, in Los Angeles. Served as the best man at Frank Sinatra’s 1976 wedding; was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, 1969, and elected into the National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame, 1977.

Charles Correll-- died, 1972, of a heart attack. After his Amos and Andy work, Correll retired in Beverly Hills, not far from Freeman Gosden.

Alvin Childress-- died, 1986, Inglewood, CA. After playing Amos on The Amos ‘n’ Andy Show, Childress played parts in several movies and a few TV series such as Good Times and The Jeffersons.

Spencer Williams -- died, 1969, Los Angeles. Williams did very little work after Amos ‘n’ Andy, though he did appear in a 1958 L.A. production of Simply Heavenly.

Tim Moore -- died, Dec. 13, 1958, Los Angeles. The actor who brought Kingfish to life would later become implicated in the Roast Beef Incident, in which he was arrested for firing a pistol when angered by his in-laws finishing the roast beef. Not long before his death, he appeared on The Tonight Show with Jack Paar.

Hear and See The Show

As for the program itself, both the radio and television shows are still available, if rare. Episodes of the radio show are a bit more abundant, with 269 episodes available on MP3 CD’s at www.otrcat.com.

The television show is to this day enduring the effects of the race scandals by not being aired on commercial television. And to date, there are no official home video releases of The Amos ‘n’ Andy Show. Researchers can view episodes at the media archives of the Museum of Broadcasting in Manhattan.


  1. I just starting watching the shows as much as I can find. They are soooo funny. I do not feel they reflect blacks in a stereo way since they have all types of professions on the show. But they are situational, clever, and funny without any sex.


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