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William Warfield (I) (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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Known For

Show Boat Joe
The Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Story Joe in 'Show Boat'


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 1990 Old Explorers
Tugboat Captain
 1966 Porgy in Wien (TV Movie)
 1959 The Green Pastures (TV Movie)
De Lawd
 1958 Masters of the Congo Jungle (Documentary)
Narrator, English Language Version (voice)
 1957 The Green Pastures (TV Movie)
De Lawd
 1951 Show Boat
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Show Show Self (23 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (4 credits)

Personal Details

Other Works:

As part of the US 1976 Bicentennial Celebration, he appeared as the narrator in a television concert, broadcast from London, that featured Aaron Copland's "A Lincoln Portrait", with Leonard Bernstein conducting the New York Philharmonic. See more »

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Leontyne Price  (divorced)

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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." See more »


African-American bass-baritone singer-actor in concert recitals, operas, oratorios, films, symphonies with speaking roles, and jazz programs such as NPR's "Riverwalk". See more »


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

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