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Canada Lee

Actor
Male
Born Mar 3, 1907
Hometown New York City
Died May 9, 1952
Death Place New York City
Nationality USA
Other Names Leonard Lionel Co...

Canada Lee was an American actor who pioneered roles for African Americans. A champion of civil rights in the 1930s and 1940s, he died shortly before he was scheduled to appear before the House Un-American Activities Committee. He became an actor after careers as a jockey, boxer, and musician. Lee furthered the African-American tradition in theater pioneered by such actors as Paul Robeson. Lee is the father of actor Carl Lee.… Read More

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CHILDHOOD

1907 Birth Lee was born Leonard Lionel Cornelius Canegata on March 3, 1907 in New York City. … Read More

TEENAGE

1925 18 Years Old In December 1925, he married Juanita Waller, by whom he had a son, the actor Carl Vincent Lee. … Read More
1926 19 Years Old Lee began boxing in 1926. … Read More

TWENTIES

1928 21 Years Old He boxed a ten-round draw with middleweight champion Vince Dundee in 1928.
1930 23 Years Old During a 1930 bout with Willie Garafola, a glancing blow to his right eye detached his retina.
1933 26 Years Old His sight was impaired, and he finally quit boxing in 1933. … Read More
Lee's acting career began by accident. While at a YMCA to apply for a job as a laborer, Lee stumbled upon an audition in progress and was invited to try out. He earned a supporting role in Frank Wilson’s 1934 production of Brother Moses, which played to a crowd of ten thousand in Central Park. … Read More

THIRTIES

1941 - 1942 2 More Events
1943 36 Years Old In 1943, he took a lead role in a production of the race-themed drama South Pacific, directed by Lee Strasberg, concerning a cynical African-American soldier who had racially based reservations about fighting the Japanese.
1945 38 Years Old The following year, he became the first African-American to play Caliban, in Margaret Webster’s 1945 Broadway rendition of The Tempest. … Read More
1946 39 Years Old After the war, Lee continued to act. In 1946, he played a principal role in On Whitman Avenue, a drama about racial prejudice directed by Margo Jones. … Read More

FORTIES

1947 40 Years Old In 1947, he played a supporting role in Robert Rossen's Body and Soul, another boxing picture.
1949 42 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1949, he took another supporting role in Lost Boundaries, a drama about passing. … Read More
1950 43 Years Old At the height of the Hollywood blacklist, Lee managed to find work in 1950 as the star of a British film Cry, The Beloved Country, for which both he and Sidney Poitier were smuggled into South Africa as indentured servants in order to play their roles as African ministers. … Read More
1951 44 Years Old In March 1951, Lee married Frances Pollack. … Read More
1952 45 Years Old He died of a heart attack on May 9, 1952, in New York City.
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