Porgy and Bess 61 years old

Introducing a new era in motion pictures!

Porgy and Bess

Set in the early 1900s in the fictional Catfish Row section of Charleston, South Carolina, which serves as home to a black fishing community, the story focuses on the titular characters, crippled beggar Porgy, who travels about in a goat-drawn cart, and the drug-addicted Bess, who lives with stevedore Crown, the local bully.

Credits

All Cast

Name Character
Brock Peters He was 30, 77 years old when he died as Crowne
Claude Akins He was 33, 67 years old when he died as Detective
Sidney Poitier He was 32, now 94 years old as Porgy
Dorothy Dandridge She was 36, 42 years old when she died as Bess
Sammy Davis, Jr. He was 33, 64 years old when he died as Sportin' Life
Pearl Bailey She was 41, 72 years old when she died as Maria
Diahann Carroll She was 23, 84 years old when she died as Clara
Leslie Scott She was 3, now 65 years old as Jake
Ruth Attaway She was 48, 77 years old when she died as Serena Robbins
Clarence Muse He was 69, 89 years old when he died as Peter
Ivan Dixon He was 28, 76 years old when he died as Jim

Crew

Name Department
Daniel Mandell as Editor. He was 63 (91) years old when He died Editing
Joseph C. Wright as Art Direction. He was 66 (92) years old when He died Art
Howard Bristol as Set Decoration. He was 56 (68) years old when He died Art
Fred Lau as Sound Designer. He was 61 (73) years old when He died Sound
Fred Lau as Sound Recordist. He was 61 (73) years old when He died Sound
Irene Sharaff as Costume Design. She was 49 (83) years old when She died Costume & Make-Up
Dorothy Heyward as Theatre Play. She was 69 (71) years old when She died Writing
DuBose Heyward as Theatre Play. He was 73 (54) years old when He died Writing
N. Richard Nash as Screenplay. He was 46 (87) years old when He died Writing
Paul Helmick as Assistant Director. He was 40 (87) years old when He died Directing
Otto Preminger as Director. He was 53 (80) years old when He died Directing
Layne Britton as Makeup Artist. He was 51 (86) years old when He died Costume & Make-Up
Samuel Goldwyn as Producer. He was 79 (94) years old when He died Production
Ken Darby as Original Music Composer. He was 50 (82) years old when He died Sound
George Gershwin as Original Music Composer. He was 60 (38) years old when He died Sound
Serge Krizman as Art Direction. Art
Hermes Pan as Choreographer. He was 49 (80) years old when He died Crew
Porgy and Bess poster
Porgy and Bess (61 years)

Introducing a new era in motion pictures!

  • Release day: Wednesday, June 24, 1959
  • Runtime: 138 minutes
  • Budget: 7000000.00