Scatman Crothers

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Date of Birth May 23, 1910
Place of Birth Terre Haute, Indiana
Date of Death Nov 22, 1986 (76)
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Scatman Crothers

Benjamin Sherman Crothers, known professionally as Scatman Crothers, was an American actor and musician. He played Louie the Garbage Man on the TV show Chico and the Man and Dick Hallorann in Stanley Kubrick's The Shining. He was also a prolific voiceover actor who provided the voices of Meadowlark Lemon in the Harlem Globetrotters animated TV series, Jazz the Autobot in The Transformers and The Transformers: The Movie, the title character in Hong Kong Phooey, and Scat Cat in the animated Disney film The Aristocats.

Born: Benjamin Sherman Crothers, May 23, 1910, Terre Haute, Indiana, U.S.
Died: November 22, 1986, Van Nuys, California, U.S.
Resting place: Forest Lawn Memorial Park - Hollywood Hills, California
Occupation: Actor, musician
Years active: 1932–1986
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About Scatman Crothers

Drummer, scat singer, and actor who appeared in the 1980 horror film The Shining and did voice-overs for animated shows like Transformers and The Harlem Globetrotters.

Before Fame

He came up with his nickname on the fly when auditioning at a Dayton radio station. His first band was a local Terre Haute speakeasy band.


He was Scat Cat in the animated Disney movie The Aristocats.

Family Life

He married Helen Crothers in 1937 and they had one child together.


He was good friends with and often co-starred with Jack Nicholson, including in The Shining.

Information related to Scatman Crothers

  • Actors from Terre Haute, Indiana
  • Scat singers
  • Challenge Records artists
  • Male actors from Indiana
  • Musicians from Indiana
  • Decca Records artists
  • African-American male singers
  • Burials at Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills)
  • Capitol Records artists
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