So close, and yet so far! Several first season episodes featured someone named “Fay Roope” as a Judge.
Further examination showed Fay to be a guy.
I am going by very vauge memories but I think there was a female judge at least once.
But WAIT! This site lists TWO female actresses who appeared as judges! The actresses’ names were Lillian Bronson and Paula Winslow.
Pam Ward also played a female judge, Judge Eleanor Daniels, in 3 episodes. She is a good friend’s mother and still had her gavel from the role.
What About ‘Stacy’…
Stacy Keach, that is.
I know this is an old thread.
A black judge did appear in “The Case of the Skeleton’s Closet,” but he was uncredited, and nobody seems to know his name.
Here is a description of the episode with a photo of the judge (you have to click on a link):
He looks to be middle-aged. If anyone wants to search further, would think he may have appeared on TV in the '50s, possibly in Amos ‘n’ Andy.
I say that only because A’n’A featured many, many black actors of the period.
Are you limiting it to the old b&w series or does the 80’s revival TV movies count? I don’t know for certain, but I’d have to think there’d be some lady or black judges in some of those.
From the Perry Mason website: The judge and Ivan Dixon, who some thought might be the actor. Doesn’t look like him to me. And he doesn’t look like any of the noteworthy Amos & Andy actors, either, or any familiar Black actors of that era (Stack Pierce, Davis Roberts, James Edwards–whom he most resembles in my opinion). Probably will remain a mystery.
You can watch the episode with the mystery actor (“The Case of the Skeleton’s Closet”) at CBS here. I haven’t watched the whole thing, but the clearest shot of the judge seems to be at time 45:25.
My response from 2014 was wrong.
Identified just two years ago. Former real life judge and part-time actor Vincent Monroe Townsend Jr.. And also. . . former roommate of none other than Justice Thurgood Marshall.
I thought he looked familiar from one or more eps of “Amos ‘n’ Andy” as noted above, but when this was posted, I no longer had the videos to verify. Turns out he appeard in several.