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Also Known As: Died: January 23, 1976
Born: April 9, 1898 Cause of Death: complications from a stroke
Birth Place: Princeton, New Jersey, USA Profession: Cast ...
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Born and raised in New Jersey
1920:
Played professional football in the American Professional Football League in Hammond, Akron and Milwaukee
1921:
Early stage role in "Simon the Cyrenian"
1922:
Joined the cast of the Broadway musical "Shuffle Along" (date approximate)
1923:
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
1924:
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
1925:
Feature film debut in "Body and Soul", directed by Oscar Micheaux; played dual role of an unscrupulous preacher and his virtuous brother
1927:
Signed to appear as Joe in the original stage production of "Show Boat"; dropped out because of delays in production
1928:
Played Joe in the London premiere of "Show Boat"
1929:
Made debut at Carnegie Hall in NYC
1930:
First played "Othello" in London
1930:
Made second film appearance in the experimental "Borderline", shot in Switzerland; co-starred with his wife
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Moved to London, England
1933:
Returned to NYC to recreate his stage role in the film version of "The Emperor Jones"
1934:
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"
1934:
Made first of several visits to the Soviet Union
1936:
Again recreated a stage role, that of Joe who sings "Ol' Man River" in "Show Boat"
1937:
Played an African native in "King Solomon's Mines"
1938:
Visited Madrid, Spain to entertain the International Brigade fighting in the Spanish Civil War
1942:
Last film appearance in the omnibus feature "Tales of Manhattan"; appeared with Ethel Waters and Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson
1942:
Narrated "Native Land", a documentary about civil rights abuses
1942:
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
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Wrote a column for PEOPLE'S VOICE in the 1940s
1946:
Summoned to testify before the House Committee on UnAmerican Activities (HUAC)
1950:
After failing to renounce his views on the Soviet Union, his passport is revoked
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Edited and wrote a column for FREEDOM (dates approximate)
1956:
Testified before HUAC
1958:
After a US Supreme Court decision, his passport was restored
1960:
Made last concert tour appearing in New Zealand and Australia
1963:
Retired from public life
1979:
Was the subject of the documentary "Paul Robeson: Portrait of an Artist"
1982:
First production of a play, "Paul Robeson", performed by Avery Brooks; play staged Off-Broadway in 1988

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