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Clarence Muse
Clarence Muse
14-10-1889
Baltimore, Maryland, USA
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Actor Clarence Muse Filmography

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Car Wash
Car Wash ( English )
Artist: Darrow Igus , DeWayne Jessie , James Spinks , Antonio Fargas , The Pointer Sisters
Director: Michael Schultz
Release date: 22-10-1976
Buck and the Preacher
Buck and the Preacher ( English )
Artist: Sidney Poitier , Harry Belafonte , Ruby Dee , Cameron Mitchell , Denny Miller
Music Director: Benny Carter
Release date: 17-03-1972
Caribbean
Caribbean ( English )
Artist: John Payne , Arlene Dahl , Cedric Hardwicke , Clarence Muse , Zora Donahoo
Director: Edward Ludwig
Music Director: Lucien Cailliet
Release date: 01-09-1952
The Las Vegas Story
The Las Vegas Story ( English )
Director: Robert Stevenson
Release date: 30-01-1952
Apache Drums
Apache Drums ( English )
Director: Hugo Fregonese
Release date: 01-04-1951
Katie Did It
Katie Did It ( English )
Release date: 01-04-1951
Riding High
Riding High ( English )
Director: Frank Capra
Release date: 12-04-1950
The Great Dan Patch
The Great Dan Patch ( English )
Director: Joseph M. Newman
Release date: 22-07-1949
An Act of Murder
An Act of Murder ( English )
Director: Michael Gordon
Release date: 05-12-1948
My Favorite Brunette
My Favorite Brunette ( English )
Director: Charles Arnt
Music Director: Daniel Dare
Release date: 04-04-1947
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Clarence Muse Biography

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Clarence Muse (October 14, 1889 – October 13, 1979) was an actor, screenwriter, director, composer, and lawyer. He was inducted in the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame in 1973. Muse was the first Negro to "star" in a film. He acted for more than sixty years appearing in more than 150 movies. Born in Baltimore, Maryland, the son of Alexander and Mary Muse, he studied at Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania, and received an international law degree in 1911. He was acting in New York by the 1920s, during the Harlem Renaissance with two Harlem theatres, Lincoln Players and Lafayette Players. Muse moved to Chicago for a while, and then moved to Hollywood and performed in Hearts in Dixie (1929), the first all-black movie. For the next fifty years, he worked regularly in minor and major roles. While with the Lafayette Players, Muse worked under the management of producer Robert Levy on productions that helped black actors to gain prominence and respect. In regards to the Lafayette Theatre's staging of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Muse said the play was relevant to black actors and audiences "because, in a way, it was every black man's story. Black men too have been split creatures inhabiting one body.". Muse appeared as an opera singer, minstrel show performer, vaudeville and Broadway actor; he also wrote songs, plays, and sketches. In 1943, he became the first African American Broadway director with Run Little Chillun. Muse was also the co-writer of several notable songs. In 1931, with Leon René and Otis René, Muse wrote "When It's Sleepy Time Down South", also known as "Sleepy Time Down South". The song was sung by Nina Mae McKinney in the movie Safe in Hell (1931), and later became a signature song of Louis Armstrong. He was the major star in Broken Earth (1936), which related the story of a black sharecropper whose son miraculously recovers from fever through the father's fervent prayer. Shot on a farm in the South with nonprofessional actors (except for Muse), the film's early scenes focused in a highly realistic manner on the incredible hardship of black farmers, with plowing scenes. In 1938, Muse co-starred with boxer Joe Louis in Spirit of Youth, the fictional story of a champion boxer which featured an all black cast. Muse and Langston Hughes wrote the script for Way Down South (1939). Muse performed in Broken Strings (1940), as a concert violinist who opposes the desire of his son to play "swing". From 1955-56, Muse was a regular on the weekly TV version of Casablanca, playing Sam the pianist (a part he was under consideration for in the original Warner Brothers film), and in 1959, he played Peter, the Honey Man, in Porgy and Bess. He appeared on Disney's TV miniseries The Swamp Fox. Other film credits include Buck and the Preacher (1972), The World's Greatest Athlete (1973) and as Gazenga's Assistant, "Snapper" in Car Wash (1976). His last acting role was in The Black Stallion (1979).

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