Vernon Washington - "Grandpa"
(August 10, 1927 - June 7, 1988)

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Biography: Not much biographical information is known about Vernon Washington. He was born in Hartford, Connecticut, and he didn't start acting until later in life, when he played the reoccuring role of 'Leroy' on The Jeffersons. After making appearances on several TV series, he played 'Reggie's' Granpda in Friday the 13th: A New Beginning. He acted only a short while after that before health problems forced him to retire from acting.

Update: We received an e-mail from a cousin of Vernon Washington who shared with us his entry in the family geneology book.

Actor - Singer - Dancer

"Samuel "Vernon" Washington was born in Hartford, Connecticut, the 8th child of Benjamin and Olive Evans of Dinwiddie County, Virginia and Fredrick, Maryland, respectively. On checking a perpetual Calendar, we learned that Vernon was born on Friday, and according to the nursey rhyme, Friday's child is loving and giving. Vernon is 5 feet and 11 inches tall; weighs 165+ pounds; and has mixed gray hair. He has 4 children with his wife, Marion Blunt.

Vernon was educated at the Wolter School of Speech and Drama, Carnegie Hall, New York City, where he studied Speech under Madame Annette Wolter and Dr. Walter O. Robinson; and Drama under Rossi, Mary Higgins and Gus Lambluise.

His special abilities and training include writer, director and producer. He has been awarded the "Stars & Stripes Award" for "Ready, Front, at Ease," a lighthearted Army musical. He was the founder, producer and director of West End Repertory Theatre in New York City. He has served as Artistic Director of Greensburgh, Newark and Staten Island Theatre Arts Workshops; and Assistant Professor of Drama, Staten Island Community College, New York City." - Courtesy of Vernon Washington's family!

Friday the 13th: A New Beginning (1985)
The Last Starfighter (1984)
Pray TV (1980)
The Dark (1979)

Dream West (1986)
Roots: The Next Generations (1979)
Change at 125th Street (1974)

Television Guest Appearances
Tales from the Darkside (1986)
Joan Rivers and Friends Salute Heidi Abromowitz (1985)
Falcon Crest (1983)
Fame (1983)
Hill Street Blues (1981, 1985)
The White Shadow (1980)
Palmerstown, USA (1980)
The Waltons (1978)
The Jeffersons (1977, 1978, 1979)

Where Is He Now?: Vernon Washington passed away June 7, 1988.

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