Horace Winfred "Nick" Stewart was an American television and film actor. Stewart was known for his role as Lightnin' (Willie Jefferson) on TV's The Amos 'n' Andy Show.

Disney Films

Stewart provided the voice for the blackbird suspect in Who Killed Cock Robin? and Br'er Bear in Song of the South (1946), Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse's Birthday Party (1954) and Splash Mountain (1989).

Disney Parks

In 1989, Stewart was called back to Disney to reprise the role of Br'er Bear for the Splash Mountain ride. Disney Historian Jim Korkis asked him if he thought it was at all degrading to play Br'er Bear in Song of the South, regarding all the controversy of the portrayal of African-Americans. Stewart laughed and replied "Disney treated us like Kings". He concluded saying that the money he earned being Br'er Bear in Song of the South went towards a theatre for African-American actors to play roles other than butlers and maids. He also said he was to do the same thing with the money from the Splash Mountain ride.


Stewart died on the Monday of December 18, 2000 at the home of his son Christopher. In addition to his wife and three children, Stewart is survived by three grandchildren.

Disney Roles

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