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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, as well as his ... See full bio »

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Known For

Show Boat Joe
The Emperor Jones Brutus Jones
Dark Sands Cpl. Jericho Jackson


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 1942 Tales of Manhattan
 1942 Native Land
Narrator / Vocalist (voice)
 1940 The Proud Valley
 1937 Dark Sands
Cpl. Jericho Jackson
 1937 King Solomon's Mines
 1937 Big Fella
 1936 Song of Freedom
John 'Johnny' Zinga
 1936 Show Boat
 1935 Sanders of the River
 1933 The Emperor Jones
Brutus Jones
 1930 Borderline
Pete - a Negro
 1926/II Camille (Short)
Alexandre Dumas fils
 1925 Body and Soul
Rev. Isaiah T. Jenkins / His Brother Sylvester
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Stage: Appeared in "Roseanne" at the Lafayette Theater (NY) and the Dunbar Theater (Philadelphia, PA). Also in cast: Rose McClendon, Charles Gilpin. See more »

Publicity Listings:

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

Alternate Names:

Paul LeRoy Bustill Robeson


6' 3" (1.91 m)


Eslanda Robeson  (her death)  (1 child)


Paul Robeson Jr.

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. See more »


He was awarded the 1953 Stalin Peace Prize by the Soviet government. He was the last one to receive it before it was renamed the Lenin Peace Prize a few years later. See more »


Powerful bass singing voice See more »



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