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William Warfield (1920–2002)

William Warfield was a concert baritone singer, who gave his recital debut in New York's Town Hall in 1950. He was then quickly invited by the Australian Broadcast Corporation to tour Australia for thirty-five concerts. As an actor, he appeared in only two motion pictures, one of them being his memorable performance as Joe in the 1951 version of ... See full bio »

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 1976 Bernstein in London (TV Movie documentary) ("A Lincoln Portrait")
 1974 That's Entertainment! (Documentary) (performer: "Ol' Man River" (1927) - uncredited)
 1966 Today (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Episode dated 9 August 1966 (1966) ... (performer: "Ol' Man River")
 1961 New York Philharmonic Young People's Concerts (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Aaron Copland Birthday Party (1961) ... (performer: "Two Old American Songs")
 1955 Omnibus (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Messiah (1955) ... (performer: "Messiah" (Christmas portion and last few minutes of the Resurrection section))
 1951 Show Boat (performer: "Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man" (1927), "Ol' Man River" (1927), "Cakewalk" (reprise) (1927), "Finale: Ol' Man River" (1927) - uncredited)
 1951 The Colgate Comedy Hour (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.30 (1951) ... (performer: "It Ain't Necessarily So")
 1951 The Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Story (Documentary) (performer: "Ol' Man River" (partial))
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Other Works:

Set My People Free (1948). Written by Dorothy Heyward. Directed by Martin Ritt. Hudson Theatre: 3 Nov 1948- 27 Nov 1948 (29 performances). Cast: Somar Alberg (as "Trader Henri"), Thomas Anderson (as "Jesse Blackwood"), Edith Atuka-Reid (as "Tina"), Harry Bolden (as "Belleisle"), Alonzo Bozan (as "Pompey"), John Bouie (as "... See more »

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Personal Quote:

[conductor Eugene Ormandy introduces Warfield to the audience in an unintentionally humorous way:] "With us tonight is William Warfield, who is with us tonight. He is a wonderful man, and so is his wife."

Trivia:

He became almost as identified with the song "Ol' Man River" as Paul Robeson had a generation earlier, and starred with Leontyne Price and Cab Calloway in a European tour of Gershwin's "Porgy and Bess". This "Porgy and Bess" played to sold-out houses all over Europe. It was performed to huge acclaim in Russia during the early days of the Cold War, and was the first American opera production to ... See more »

Trademark:

The song "Ol' Man River" from 'Show Boat.'

Star Sign:

Aquarius

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