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Birth Name: Paul Robeson
Born: 04/09/1898
Birth Place: Princeton, New Jersey, USA
Death Place: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Died: 01/23/1976

His stage success led to film work. Robeson debuted in a dual role of an unscrupulous preacher and his more virtuous brother in Oscar Micheaux's silent "Body and Soul" (1924). While Jerome Kern wanted the singer-actor to originate the role of Joe in the Broadway premiere "Show Boat" (Robeson had even signed a contract), production delays and conflicting bookings led to Robeson being replaced. He did get to play the role in London and his stirring delivery of "Ol' Man River" became the definitive version of the song for generations. Settling in Europe where he felt a person of color could find more diverse employment opportunities, Robeson appeared in the experimental feature "Borderline" (19... Continue Bio >>

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