Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA
Death Place: New York City, New York, USA
Further acclaimed work on Broadway included "Haiti", "Stevedore", "Mamba's Daughters", "The Tempest" and Orson Welles' 1946 production of "The Duchess of Malfi" (in which Lee starred in white-face). On film, Lee was unforgettable as a broken-down boxer, hired as a trainer to ruthless, up-and-coming champ John Garfield in Robert Rossen's "Body and Soul" (1947). With his soft, round, gentle face and air of quiet dignity, he represented the conscience of the film.
Two years later, like almost everyone else connected with "Body and Soul", Lee was blacklisted for his alleged Communist sympathies. Forced into penury after being banned from film, radio and TV, the destitute Lee was eventually pre... Continue Bio >>