In a recent post about the wartime classic, Casablanca, I mentioned that Dooley Wilson, who played the jovial piano player Sam, was not even nominated for Best Supporting Actor.

The man at the center of one of the most iconic scenes in American cinema didn’t get a nomination. I decided to do some more investigating.

It gets worse. Much worse.

Dooley Wilson Plays the Piano as Sam in Casablanca

Dooley Wilson Plays the Piano as Sam in Casablanca

In the original closing credits for Casablanca, Dooley Wilson’s name is nowhere to be found. The man who sang “As Time Goes By” had to watch time pass him by until his death in 1953 at the age of 67.

Dooley Wilson was not listed in the credits of Casablanca because he was African-American.

Dooley Wilson Deserves Posthumous Oscar Recognition

Certainly, it wouldn’t right every wrong. But, it’s an unfortunate residual of America’s struggle with race relations that one of the all-time great performances of American cinema has been slighted. Dooley Wilson deserves better. We deserve better.

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