Paul Robeson

Paul Robeson

Highest Rated: 100% Show Boat (1936)

Lowest Rated: 50% Song of Freedom (1936)

Birthday: Apr 9, 1898

Birthplace: Princeton, New Jersey, USA

The son of a runaway slave turned minister and a schoolteacher, Paul Robeson proved to be an unique figure in American history. A tall, handsome man with a commanding stage presence and mellifluous, booming baritone, he was not only a distinguished actor and singer but also a scholar, athlete and lawyer. Born and raised in New Jersey, Robeson won a scholarship to Rutgers and was only the third black to enroll at the school. He excelled at athletics, earning letters in four sports (basketball, track, baseball and football) and was twice named to the All-American Football Team. Robeson made Phi Beta Kappa and was his class valedictorian. Moving to NYC, he entered Columbia University's Law School, playing professional football for three seasons (1920-23) and acting and singing to help defray the expenses. In 1921, he had an early stage role in the biblically-themed "Simon the Cyrenian" and later joined the cast of the all-black musical "Shuffle Along" in 1922. Admitted to the New York State Bar, Robeson found work at a law firm but left when a Caucasian secretary refused to take dictation from him. Gravitating towards the stage, this singularly versatile talent found success alternately the leads in two Eugene O'Neill dramas, "The Emperor Jones" and the controversial "All God's Chillun Got Wings." As the latter depicted an interracial marriage, it was the subject of debate and condemnation, but the actor triumphed.

Highest rated movies

King Solomon's Mines
Show Boat
Body and Soul
Sanders of the River
The Emperor Jones
Song of Freedom




No Score Yet No Score Yet Paul Robeson: Speak of Me as I Am Unknown (Character) - 2007
No Score Yet No Score Yet Aida's Brothers and Sisters: Black Voices in Opera Unknown (Character) - 2000
No Score Yet 100% Paul Robeson: Here I Stand Unknown (Character) - 1999
No Score Yet 75% Tales of Manhattan Luke (Character) - 1942
No Score Yet 67% The Proud Valley David Goliath (Character) - 1940
No Score Yet No Score Yet Big Fella Joe (Character) - 1937
100% 39% King Solomon's Mines Umbopa (Character) - 1937
No Score Yet 62% Jericho Cpl. Jericho Jackson (Character) - 1937
100% 73% Show Boat Joe (Character) - 1936
50% 40% Song of Freedom John 'Johnny' Zinga (Character) - 1936
No Score Yet No Score Yet Africa Sings Narrator - 1936
80% 27% Sanders of the River Bosambo (Character) - 1936
67% 52% The Emperor Jones Brutus Jones (Character) - 1933
No Score Yet 57% Borderline Pete Varond (Character) - 1930
86% 53% Body and Soul Rev. Isaiah T. Jenkins/His brother Sylvester (Character) - 1925