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Overview (4)

Born in Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Died in Perris, California, USA  (cerebral hemorrhage)
Birth NameClarence Edouard Muse
Height 5' 6" (1.68 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Clarence Muse was born on October 14, 1889 in Baltimore, Maryland, USA as Clarence Edouard Muse. He was an actor, known for Shadow of a Doubt (1943), Casino (1995) and Broken Strings (1942). He was married to Irene Ena Kellman, Willabelle Burch West and Ophelia Belle Labertier. He died on October 13, 1979 in Perris, California, USA.

Spouse (3)

Irene Ena Kellman (30 July 1954 - 13 October 1979) ( his death)
Willabelle Burch West (15 January 1925 - 19 November 1948) ( divorced) ( 1 child)
Ophelia Belle Labertier (1909 - 6 December 1923) ( her death) ( 2 children)

Trivia (11)

Inducted into the "Black Filmmakers Hall Of Fame" [1973]
Was the first African-American to "star" in a film.
Died four days before the release of his final film, The Black Stallion (1979).
Holding a law degree from Pennsylvania's Dickerson University, Clarence requested that he be addressed as Dr. Muse in later years.
In his salad days, Muse appeared as an opera singer, a minstrel performer and a vaudeville actor. He also composed songs and wrote plays and sketches, and was considered a pioneer in the 'black theatre' movement.
An outspoken proponent for the positive treatment of black performers, Muse fought demeaning stereotypes for most his career. Ironically, he was a staunch supporter of the controversial black-oriented TV series The Amos 'n Andy Show (1951). He insisted that, despite the standard caricatures of the title players, the series allowed black actors to portray white-collar roles such as doctors, bankers, judges, and professors, generally not done in white-oriented series.
A member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., Omega Chapter.
Sunday, May 2nd, 1937: He was a special guest on the Los Angeles-based radio program "Help Thy Neighbor" hosted by Hal Styles.
Was the first black director of a Broadway show in 1943, "Run Little Chillun", described as a 'negro folk play with music'.
Was a founder of the Harlem Lafayette Theatre and a member of the Lafayette Players.
Father: Alexander Muse; Mother: Mary A. Kellam.

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