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Lorenzo Tucker (1907–1986)

Lorenzo Tucker in his prime was billed and known as "The Black Valentino," named after Rudolph Valentino, because of his tall, dark, dashing good looks, muscular built, secret charm and coolness. Tucker was one of Black Cinema's most popular leading actors, appearing in close to 20 films. He started acting at Temple University in Philadelphia ... See full bio »
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Known For

Wages of Sin
Wages of Sin Winston Le Jeune
Reet, Petite, and Gone
Reet, Petite, and Gone Henry Talbot
Temptation Robert Fletcher
Veiled Aristocrats
Veiled Aristocrats John Warwick


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 1947 Reet, Petite, and Gone
Henry Talbot
 1939 Straight to Heaven
 1937 Underworld
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 1935 Temptation
Robert Fletcher
 1933 The Emperor Jones
Extra in Nightclub Scene (uncredited)
 1932 The Black King
Carmichael, Attorney
 1932 Ten Minutes to Live
The Godfather
 1932 Veiled Aristocrats
John Warwick
 1930 Easy Street
 1929 Wages of Sin
Winston Le Jeune
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 1986 Passion and Memory (TV Movie documentary)
 1984 Black Hollywood (TV Movie documentary)
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 1975 Black Shadows on the Silver Screen (TV Movie documentary)

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I could have passed for white and left Harlem behind, but I didn't. Maybe that was a mistake as far as my career was concerned, but I didn't do it. It would have been easier that way, passing for white and keeping my past a secret, like others did, but I chose to be considered as colored. You see, I still want to prove that the Negro race is not all black-skinned; we're all shades of the rainbow. See more »


He could have been able to pass for white on film and his agent felt that performing in the films of Oscar Micheaux was damaging the progress of his career, but he refused to hide his ethnicity for the sake of his career. As a result, he never made it in mainstream Hollywood films. See more »

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