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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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 1947 Reet, Petite, and Gone
Henry Talbot
 1937 Underworld
Undetermined Role
 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)
Himself
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 1975 Black Shadows on the Silver Screen (TV Movie documentary)
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I was never called [the Black Valentino] because we never used the word 'black' like that in those days. [Filmmaker Oscar] Micheaux only called me 'the Colored Valentino,' nothing else. In fact, if you really want to know, I was even lighter than Valentino himself. See more »

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At 19, he dropped out of Temple University and worked as a hotel waiter in order to pursue his career. He eventually found work performing an adagio dance with Rae Hewitt and performed on the black vaudeville circuit. As such, he became known for a time as "The Colored Valentino". He was also known as the "John Gilbert of the Colored Race" and the "Sepia William Powell". See more »

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