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Lew Payton (June 27, 1874 – May 27, 1945) was an African American film actor, stage performer, and writer known for several films and stage productions including Chocolate Dandies with Josephine Baker, Smash Your Baggage (1932), Jezebel (1938), On Such a Night (1937), and Lady for a Night (1942) featuring John Wayne and Joan Blondell.[1] In "Lady for a Night", he performed Napoleon, the Alderson Family's man servant for characters Stephen Alderson (played by Philip Merivale) and Katherine Alderson (played by Edith Barrett).

Early life

Payton was born on June 27, 1874, in Huntington, West Virginia.[2]

Film and stage career

Payton performed as an actor in several films and stage productions. With Noble Sissle, Payton co-wrote and performed in Chocolate Dandies, a 1924 film that launched the career of Josephine Baker. Chocolate Dandies, The : "New Musical Comedy" by Noble Sissle and Lew Payton. Music and lyrics by Noble Sissle and Eubie Blake. Produced at the Colonial Theatre in Boston, the film also featured Eubie Blake and Amanda Randolph.[3]


In 1937, Payton authored "Did Adam Sin? and Other Stories of Negro Life in Comedy-Drama and Sketches."[4] As a member of "Black Hollywood," Payton wrote the book as an attempt to teach other African-Americans the art of screenwriting.[5]

Film and stage productions


Payton died on May 27, 1945, in Los Angeles, California, USA.[24]


  • Lew Payton – A Musical Autobiography Of Louis Armstrong 1923–1925 album art All The Wrongs You've Done Me (They're Bound To Come Back To You) (as Ley Payton) Satchmo (2) – A Musical Autobiography Of Louis Armstrong 1923–1925; 4 versions Decca (1959)[25]


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  2. ^ IMDb. "Lew Payton." https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0668524/bio
  3. ^ " Chocolate Dandies, The : "New Musical Comedy" by Noble Sissle and Lew Payton.." https://findingaids.uflib.ufl.edu/repositories/2/archival_objects/284727
  4. ^ Amazon. "Did Adam Sin? and Other Stories of Negro Life in Comedy-Drama and Sketches." Lew Payton. https://www.amazon.com/Books-Lew-PAYTON/s?rh=n%3A283155%2Cp_27%3ALew+PAYTON
  5. ^ Ebay. "Lew PAYTON / Did Adam Sin Also Stories of Negro Life in Comedy Drama 1st ed 1937." https://www.ebay.com/itm/Lew-PAYTON-Did-Adam-Sin-Also-Stories-of-Negro-Life-in-Comedy-Drama-1st-ed-1937-/163723180512
  6. ^ IBDB. "Lew Payton." The Chocolate Dandies. https://www.ibdb.com/broadway-cast-staff/lew-payton-7314
  7. ^ IBDB. "Lew Payton." Harlem. https://www.ibdb.com/broadway-cast-staff/lew-payton-7314
  8. ^ IBDB. "Lew Payton." The Boundary Line. https://www.ibdb.com/broadway-cast-staff/lew-payton-7314
  9. ^ IBDB. "Lew Payton." Solid South. https://www.ibdb.com/broadway-cast-staff/lew-payton-7314
  10. ^ IBDB. "Lew Payton." Never No More. https://www.ibdb.com/broadway-cast-staff/lew-payton-7314
  11. ^ IBDB. "Lew Payton." Bridal Wise. https://www.ibdb.com/broadway-cast-staff/lew-payton-7314
  12. ^ IMDb. "Lew Payton." Smash Your Baggage. https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0668524/bio
  13. ^ IBDB. "Lew Payton." Jezebel. https://www.ibdb.com/broadway-cast-staff/lew-payton-7314
  14. ^ Moviefone. "Lew Payton Filmography". Valiant Is the Word for Carrie. https://www.moviefone.com/celebrity/lew-payton/1950261/main/
  15. ^ FEDERAL THEATRE PROJECT (NEGRO UNITS). https://www.blackpast.org/african-american-history/federal-theatre-project-negro-units/
  16. ^ Moviefone. "Lew Payton Filmography". Racing Lady (1937). https://www.moviefone.com/celebrity/lew-payton/1950261/main/
  17. ^ Moviefone. "Lew Payton Filmography". Wells Fargo (film). https://www.moviefone.com/celebrity/lew-payton/1950261/main/
  18. ^ IMDb. "Lew Payton." On Such a Night. https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0668524/bio
  19. ^ IMDb. Jezebel. "Lew Payton." https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0668524/bio
  20. ^ Moviefone. "Lew Payton Filmography". The Lady's from Kentucky. https://www.moviefone.com/celebrity/lew-payton/1950261/main/
  21. ^ Moviefone. "Lew Payton Filmography". The Sun Never Sets. https://www.moviefone.com/celebrity/lew-payton/1950261/main/
  22. ^ IMDb. "Lew Payton." Lady for a Night. https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0668524/bio
  23. ^ Moviefone. "Lew Payton Filmography". Presenting Lily Mars. https://www.moviefone.com/celebrity/lew-payton/1950261/main/
  24. ^ IMDb. "Lew Payton." https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0668524/bio
  25. ^ Discog. "Lew Payton". https://www.discogs.com/artist/901758-Lew-Payton
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