James Baskett was an American actor and singer known for his portrayal of Uncle Remus in the 1946Disney feature film Song of the South. In recognition of his warm portrayal of the famous black storyteller he was given an Academy Honorary Award, making him the first black male performer to receive an Oscar.
He first worked for Disney in an uncredited part in Dumbo, voicing Fats Crow. In addition to Uncle Remus, he supplied the voice of Br'er Fox and some lines for Br'er Rabbit in Song of the South.
On July 9, 1948, Baskett died of heart failure resulting from diabetes at age 44. He was survived by his wife Margaret and his mother Elizabeth. He is buried at Crown Hill Cemetery in Indianapolis.