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Paul Robeson (I) (1898–1976)


This handsome, eloquent and highly charismatic actor became one of the foremost interpreters of Eugene O'Neill's plays and one of the most treasured names in song during the first half of the twentieth century. He also courted disdain and public controversy for most of his career as a staunch Cold War-era advocate for human rights. While the ... See full bio »

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Known For

Pride
Pride Soundtrack
(2014)
Song of Freedom
Song of Freedom John 'Johnny' Zinga
(1936)
Sanders of the River
(1935)
The Emperor Jones
The Emperor Jones Brutus Jones
(1933)

Filmography

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 2016 Indignation (performer: "Chee Lai (March of the Volunteers)")
 2014/I Pride (performer: "Drink To Me Only With Thine Eyes")
 2013 Timeshift (TV Series documentary) (performer - 1 episode)
- When Coal Was King (2013) ... (performer: "I Dreamed I Saw Joe Hill Last Night")
 2012 The House I Live In (Documentary) (performer: "THE HOUSE I LIVE IN")
 2011 War on Terror (Documentary) (performer: "Danny Boy (Londonderry Air)")
 2011 Sing Your Song (Documentary) (performer: "Ol' Man River")
 2009 Johnny Mercer: The Dream's on Me (TV Movie documentary) (performer: "My Old Kentucky Home, Good-Night", "Ol' Man River")
 2008 Jonathan Meades - Magnetic North (TV Series documentary) (performer - 1 episode)
- Poland to Finland (2008) ... (performer: "National Anthem of the Soviet Union" - uncredited)
 2007 Profit Motive and the Whispering Wind (Documentary) (performer: "Joe Hill")
 2004 AFI's 100 Years... 100 Songs: America's Greatest Music in the Movies (TV Movie documentary) (performer: "Ol' Man River")
 1978 Killer of Sheep (performer: "My Curly Headed Baby", "The House I Live in", "Going Home")
 1975 Brother Can You Spare a Dime (Documentary) (performer: "Water Boy" - uncredited)
 1961 Rencontres de septembre (Documentary short) (performer: "Ol' Man River")
 1960 Die aktuelle Kamera (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Episode dated 20 June 1960 (1960) ... (performer: "Water Boy", "Freiheit")
 1942 Tales of Manhattan (performer: "Glory Day" - uncredited)
 1938 Canciones de Madrid (Documentary short) (performer: "La Internacional" (The Internationale), "La Joven Guardia")
 1937 Dark Sands (performer: "My Way", "Deep Desert", "Shortnin' Bread" (uncredited), "Silent Night" (uncredited))
 1937 King Solomon's Mines (performer: "Walk! Walk!", "Climbin' Up", "Kukuwana" - uncredited)
 1937 Big Fella (performer: "Lazin'", "When I Get to Heaven", "Roll Up Sailorman", "Ma Curly Headed Baby", "River Steals My Folks from Me")
 1936 Song of Freedom ("Lonely Road", "Song of Freedom") / (performer: "Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho" (uncredited), "Sleepy River", "Lonely Road", "Stepping Stones", "Song of Freedom", "The Black Emperor")
 1936 Show Boat (performer: "Ol' Man River" (1927), "Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man" (1927), "Ah Still Suits Me" (1936), "Finale: You Are Love" (1927) and "Ol' Man River" (1927) - uncredited)
 1935 Sanders of the River (performer: "The Song of the Spear", "Lion Song", "My Little Black Dove", "The Killing Song", "Congo Lullaby")
 1933 The Emperor Jones (performer: "Now Let Me Fly", "Water Boy", "I'm Travelin'", "Daniel" - uncredited)
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Other Works:

Stage: Appeared (as "Joe") in "Show Boat", Drury Lane Theater, London, England. Produced by Alfred Butt. See more »

Publicity Listings:

2 Biographical Movies | 17 Print Biographies | 1 Portrayal | 15 Articles | 2 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Height:

6' 3" (1.91 m)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

I shall take my voice wherever there are those who want to hear the melody of freedom or the words that might inspire hope and courage in the face of fear. My weapons are peaceful, for it is only by peace that peace can be attained. The song of freedom must prevail.

Trivia:

Robeson made only one stereo recording, a two volume set of his historic 1958 Carnegie Hall recital - his only appearance there. Unfortunately, the albums made from this occasion turned out to be his last. The Carnegie Hall concert has since been issued on CD, and shows him in remarkably good voice for a sixty year old singer. See more »

Trademark:

Powerful bass singing voice See more »

Nickname:

Robey

Star Sign:

Aries

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