Clarence Muse

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Birthday
14, 1889
Birthplace
Maryland
Death Date
Oct 13, 1979 (89)
Birth Sign
Libra
Birthday
14, 1889
Birthplace
Maryland
Death Date
Oct 13, 1979 (89)

About

American film actor who is credited as the first African American to ever star in a film. He had credible roles in the all-black film Hearts in Dixie and also the 1936 film Broken Earth.

Before Fame

After earning an international law degree, he began performing in the 1920s with two Harlem playhouses called Lincoln Players and Lafayette Players during the Harlem Renaissance.

Trivia

He co-wrote the script for the film Way Down South alongside Langston Hughes and was notable for taking on racial issues.

Family Life

He was married to Irene Ena from 1952 until his death.

Associated With

For the film Porgy and Bess, he portrayed Peter, the Honey Man. The film starred another pioneer in African American acting, Sidney Poitier.

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