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 similar to Ossie Davis and Halle Berry. each one brief biography ends with a quick timeline of the person's lifestyles and achievements.
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4 Roles followed in both Broadway and regional theater productions. But it was a recurring role in a children’s television show that gave him steady employment and financial stability for the next few years. In 1971, Freeman began playing a disc jockey named Easy Reader on the PBS show The Electric Company. The show ran for five years, but Freeman got tired of playing the role. He started drinking heavily and developed ulcers. Freeman was also having marital problems, and he divorced his first wife in 1979.
But he continued to work as a stage actor. His 1943 Broadway portrayal of Othello was one of the best-reviewed and most satisfying roles of his career. A review in the New York Times noted that after the play’s opening night performance, the audience demanded at least ten curtain calls. The review praised Robeson’s performance by noting: “His final speech about being a man ‘who loved not wisely but too well’ is magnificent. He passes easily along the various stages of Othello’s growing jealousy.
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. Still, it won five Academy Award nominations. Homer is a construction worker who helps a group of German nuns by building them a chapel in the Arizona desert.