Actor Reginald Fenderson

Reginald Fenderson was an actor in theatrical productions and films in the United States. He appeared in various films with African American casts in the 1930s and 1940s.

Fenderson’s father was Alfonso Fenderson, the original actor who portrayed Moses in the play, The Green Pastures.

Reginald Fenderson was an actor on the stage version and road tour of Green Pastures, playing the characters Joshua and the magician for at least five years. He played a feature role in the 1939 film Reform School, as an inmate named Freddie Gordon. The newspaper The Washington Afro-American stated that Fenderson “[handled] the role Freddie Gordon with admirable restraint, and is never guilty of melodramatics in a part that easily lends itself to over-portrayal.”

He married Ella J. in 1933. They filed for divorce in 1938.

Fenderson served as a Private in the United States Army. Around 1943, he transferred to the Special Service Division and was later discharged. While in the army, he performed in one-act plays as part of the Huachuca Players, Fort Huachuca Little Theatre Group.


  • The Green Pastures (1936) as Joshua
  • Bargain with Bullets (1937)
  • Life Goes On as Henry Weston, aka Monte Howard
  • Gang Smashers (1938)
  • While Thousands Cheer (1940) as Phil Harrington
  • Gang War as Danny
  • Lucky Ghost (1942) as Dealer
  • Reform School as Freddie Gordon
  • External Links

    Actor Reginald Fenderson – Wikipedia

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