"[Regarding 'Amos 'N' Andy'] I thought I had to do the best with what I had. If I didn't take those roles, you wouldn't have black theater. We would have had no Sidney Poitier, we would have nobody. I took the money I earned from the show and built the first and longest lasting black theater in America."
About This Interview
In his three-and-a-half hour Archive interview, Nick Stewart (1910-2000) talks about his early comedic work with Milton Berle and Eddie Cantor. He explains how his work with Mae West and John Wayne led him to his breakthrough role as "Lightnin'" on the controversial Amos n' Andy - television's first show featuring an all-black cast. Stewart discusses black stereotypes and his feelings about the NAACP's reaction to the show, and also speaks about the theater he opened 50 years ago to nurture the talent of young film and television writers and performers. Dan Pasternack conducted the interview on June 20, 1997 in Los Angeles, CA.