By Jeff C. Young
Author Jeff C. younger offers brief biographies of ten influential African-American actors. examine the demanding situations and triumphs of actors reminiscent of Ossie Davis and Halle Berry. each one brief biography ends with a quick timeline of the person's existence and achievements.
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That was a tremendous disappointment that Freeman attributes to racism. 3 Following his Air Force discharge in 1959, Freeman moved to California to look for acting jobs in Hollywood. After a couple of months of fruitless searching, he got a clerical job at Los Angeles City College. The job enabled him to expand his acting knowledge and skills by taking classes there in diction, acting, and voice development. For a time, Freeman looked for work in both New York and Hollywood. Finally, he found work with a San Francisco musical theater troupe called the Opera Ring.
Image Credit: AP Images Sidney Poitier with his Oscar statuette at the 36th Annual Academy Awards in 1964. He won Best Actor for his role in Lillies of the Field. Theater critic Brooks Atkinson singled out Poitier’s stage portrayal of Walter Lee by writing: “Mr. ”5 Poitier’s portrayal of Homer Smith in Lilies of the Field (1963) earned him both Academy Award and Golden Globe awards for Best Actor. It also made him the first African American to win the coveted Academy Award for Best Actor. Lilies of the Field was a low-budget, black-and-white film that was shot in only thirteen days.
These appearances taught us how to convert any space into a theater and thus to make our own job opportunities,” Davis recalled. ”4 After the blacklist ended, Davis was able to return to Broadway productions. One of his more notable roles was playing Cicero in the 1957 musical comedy Jamaica, which enjoyed a 555-performance run. Davis’s greatest Broadway triumph was the production of his play Purlie Victorious in 1961. Along with writing the play, Davis headlined the cast by playing the title role of Purlie Victorious Judson.