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Paul LeRoy Bustill Robeson was an American actor, athlete, bass-baritone concert singer, writer, civil rights activist, Spingarn Medal winner, and Lenin Peace Prize laureate. He is one of the few true basses in American music.
Robeson’s notable stage and film roles included Shakespeare’s “Othello”, and Crown in the stage version of DuBose Heyward’s novel “Porgy”, which provided the basis for George and Ira Gershwin’s opera “Porgy and Bess”. He was also cast as Joe in the 1936 film version of “Show Boat”, the most frequently shown and highly acclaimed of all his films. His performance of “Ol’ Man River” for this film was particularly notable.
Robeson’s autobiography, “Here I Stand”, was published in 1958. Robeson was conversant with 20 languages.
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