Born and raised in New Jersey
Played professional football in the American Professional Football League in Hammond, Akron and Milwaukee
Early stage role in "Simon the Cyrenian"
Joined the cast of the Broadway musical "Shuffle Along" (date approximate)
Admitted to the Bar of New York State and briefly worked in a law firm; left when a white secretary refused to take dictation from him
Starred in the leading roles of Eugene O'Neill's "The Emperor Jones" and "All God's Chillun Got Wings" at the Provincetown Playhouse; the latter caused controversy over the play's central drama which revolved around a white woman married to a black man
Feature film debut in "Body and Soul", directed by Oscar Micheaux; played dual role of an unscrupulous preacher and his virtuous brother
Signed to appear as Joe in the original stage production of "Show Boat"; dropped out because of delays in production
Played Joe in the London premiere of "Show Boat"
Made debut at Carnegie Hall in NYC
First played "Othello" in London
Made second film appearance in the experimental "Borderline", shot in Switzerland; co-starred with his wife
Moved to London, England
Returned to NYC to recreate his stage role in the film version of "The Emperor Jones"
Turned down an offer from the Chicago Opera to star in "Aida" to accept the role of the African chief Bosambo in "Sanders of the River"
Made first of several visits to the Soviet Union
Again recreated a stage role, that of Joe who sings "Ol' Man River" in "Show Boat"
Played an African native in "King Solomon's Mines"
Visited Madrid, Spain to entertain the International Brigade fighting in the Spanish Civil War
Last film appearance in the omnibus feature "Tales of Manhattan"; appeared with Ethel Waters and Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson
Narrated "Native Land", a documentary about civil rights abuses
Triumphed onstage as "Othello"; production premiered in Cambridge, MA before moving to NYC in 1943 ; later toured with the show, co-starring Jose Ferrer and his then-wife Uta Hagen
Wrote a column for PEOPLE'S VOICE in the 1940s
Summoned to testify before the House Committee on UnAmerican Activities (HUAC)
After failing to renounce his views on the Soviet Union, his passport is revoked
Edited and wrote a column for FREEDOM (dates approximate)
Testified before HUAC
After a US Supreme Court decision, his passport was restored
Made last concert tour appearing in New Zealand and Australia
Retired from public life
Was the subject of the documentary "Paul Robeson: Portrait of an Artist"
First production of a play, "Paul Robeson", performed by Avery Brooks; play staged Off-Broadway in 1988