By Jeff C. Young
Author Jeff C. younger offers brief biographies of ten influential African-American actors. examine the demanding situations and triumphs of actors corresponding to Ossie Davis and Halle Berry. every one brief biography ends with a short timeline of the person's existence and achievements.
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Davis played a returning war hero amputee who faces down the Ku Klux Klan before marrying his girlfriend. His future wife, Ruby Dee, costarred as his girlfriend, Libby. Davis’s Broadway debut was well regarded. ”3 Unfortunately, reviews for the play itself were less favorable. Jeb closed after only nine performances. Davis and Dee continued to see each other after the play’s run ended. They were married in 1948 while rehearsing for the Broadway play Smile of the World. Davis appeared in fifteen plays between 1948 and 1957.
He was elected to the Phi Beta Kappa honor society and was also selected as the valedictorian of his class. Outside of the classroom, Robeson lettered in four sports—baseball, basketball, football, and track. He became the first Rutgers athlete to be named to Walter Camp’s All-American football team. A. degree from Rutgers in 1919, Robeson studied law at Columbia University in New York City. He worked his way through law school by tutoring and by playing professional football. Robeson played for the Akron Pros in 1920 and the Milwaukee Badgers in the following year.
Davis also directed five films. The most significant was Cotton Comes to Harlem (1970), based on a novel by African-American author Chester Himes. Cotton Comes to Harlem is regarded as a landmark film because it was filmed in Harlem, and because it showed Hollywood film executives that there was a considerable market for films with African-American casts. ”7 In recognition of his work as an actor, playwright, writer, and civil rights activist, Davis was awarded the Kennedy Center Lifetime Achievement Award in 2004.
Amazing African-American Actors by Jeff C. Young