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Todd Duncan (1903–1998)

Todd Duncan was the original Porgy in the first run of Porgy & Bess, which opened on 10 October 1935 in New York. Prior to that, he obtained a master's degree in voice from Columbia University. He was also Professor of Voice at Howard University in Washington D.C.. He also sang in London, and was the first black artist to appear at the New York ... See full bio »

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Unchained Bill Howard
Syncopation Rex Tearbone
Marian Anderson
Marian Anderson Himself
American Masters


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 1955 Unchained
Bill Howard
 1942 Syncopation
Rex Tearbone
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 1955 Unchained (performer: "Unchained (Lonely River)")
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 1998 Great Performances (TV Series)
Himself / Porgy
- Porgy and Bess: An American Voice (1998) ... Himself / Porgy
 1991 Marian Anderson (TV Movie)
 1987 American Masters (TV Series documentary)
- George Gershwin Remembered (1987) ... Himself
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 2004 Broadway: The American Musical (TV Mini-Series documentary)
- I Got Plenty o' Nuttin': 1929-1942 (2004) ... Himself

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Acted and sang the role of the Lord's General in the original 1940 Broadway production of "Cabin in the Sky". See more »

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Biography in: "American National Biography". Supplement 1, pp. 171-172. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002. See more »

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