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Friday, May 20, 2016

James Baskett - my 40th choice to be named a Disney Legend

James Baskett is most famous for playing the leading role in a controversial Disney film. Baskett is the actor who played Uncle Remus in Song of the South. He sang one of the most iconic Disney songs of all time in the film as well - "Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah." In recognition of his warm portrayal of the famous black storyteller he was given an Honorary Academy Award, making him the first black male performer to receive an Oscar.

Baskett was also given the voice role of Brer Fox, one of the film's animated antagonists, and even filled in as the main animated protagonist, Brer Rabbit, in one sequence. Before acting in Song of the South, Baskett was the voice of one of the crows in Dumbo.

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