He was the in-house comic relief artist for poverty-row Monogram Pictures. Most audiences will remember him best for his recurring role as Birmingham Brown in Monogram's "Charlie Chan" series. Unlike other studios' treatment of their black performers, however, Monogram considered him of such importance to them that his name always appeared high on the cast list of his films.
Father of Marcella Moreland.
After the death of Shemp Howard, Moreland was briefly considered as a replacement in The Three Stooges, but that idea was discarded when Columbia Pictures insisted that one of their own stock players be used instead.