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Clarence Muse

Clarence Muse

Actor

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Clarence Muse (October 14, 1889 – October 13, 1979) was an American 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).

Born: October 14, 1889 in Baltimore, Maryland, USA

Died: October 13, 1979 (Age 89)

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Clarence Muse  Movies & TV Credits

Title Rating Job Role(s) Year
Movie
7.5
ActorRobert - Hat Check Man at Party1941
Movie
7.9
ActorPullman Porter1943
Movie
5.4
ActorEvans the Butler1941
Movie
7.7
ActorSupreme Court Doorkeeper (uncredited)1942
Movie
6.7
ActorCudjo1972
Movie
6.4
ActorCaddy in Haiti (uncredited)1933
Movie
5.8
Actor'Lunch' McClaren1934
Movie
6.6
ActorMargaret's Servant (uncredited)1942
Movie
6.3
ActorSamuel, Carriage Driver1941
Movie
6.7
ActorParty Server1940
Movie
7.5
ActorSnoe1979
Movie
5.8
ActorRosebud, the Trainer1932
Movie
7.2
ActorJasper (uncredited)1943
Movie
6.3
ActorJehu1951
Movie
6.5
ActorWhitey1934
Movie
6.2
ActorTrain Porter1946
Movie
6
ActorPorter (uncredited)1945
Movie
6
ActorWhitey1950
Movie
5.3
ActorUncle Caton1939
Movie
5.9
ActorSam1933
Movie
5.6
ActorQuashy1952
Movie
5.5
ActorOld Jeff1941
Movie
6.7
ActorSam1934
Movie
6.6
ActorClarence, Train Waiter (uncredited)1947
Movie
5.6
ActorBrutus1938
Movie
6.1
ActorColonial Club Doorman (uncredited)1943
Movie
6.4
ActorSam1933
Movie
5.8
ActorHoratio1932
Movie
6.7
ActorTim Washington, the Doorman1932
Movie
5.4
ActorNham1931
Movie
5.4
ActorArthur Williams1940
Movie
7.2
ActorPeter1959
Movie
6.1
ActorJim1931
Movie
6.6
ActorMasseur1933
Movie
8.2
ActorMan (uncredited)1944
Movie
5.6
ActorVoodoo1949
Movie
5.8
ActorBlack Man1934
Movie
5.5
ActorCook1935
Movie
6.8
ActorNewcastle1931
Movie
5.3
ActorNero1930
Movie
5.5
ActorMose1953
Movie
6.1
ActorClarence1931
Movie
6.5
ActorNative (uncredited)1934
Movie
6.7
ActorUncle Zack1953
Movie
7.8
ActorBen - Bank Janitor (uncredited)1945
Movie
6.3
ActorSnapper1976
Movie
5.3
ActorHenry1944
Movie
5.6
ActorBen1940
Movie
5.5
ActorOld Joe1935
Movie
6.1
ActorTrain Porter (uncredited)1952
Movie
6.2
ActorJefferson Q. Leffingwell1932
Movie
6.9
ActorSecond Man on Death Row (uncredited)1947
Movie
6
ActorHenry Prince1940
Movie
6.7
ActorMr. Pope1948
Movie
6.4
ActorSam (uncredited)1941
Movie
5.9
ActorNightclub Singer (uncredited)1932
Movie
4.6
ActorEntertainer (uncredited)1944
Movie
6
ActorTaylor Tibbs1932
Movie
6.4
ActorA Blind Negro1932
Movie
6
ActorMose1950
Movie
5.5
ActorBootblack in Saloon (uncredited)1941
Movie
6.7
ActorJeff (uncredited)1943
Movie
6.8
ActorTrain Porter1945
Movie
5.2
ActorTombeau1932
Movie
6.2
ActorCato1935
Movie
6
ActorJeff1935
Movie
5.7
ActorWilliam1936
Movie
6.4
ActorClarence1932
Movie
5.3
ActorTrain Steward / Sam1938
Movie
5.2
ActorFrankie Walburn1938
Movie
6.4
ActorPorter (uncredited)1944
Movie
5.5
ActorBud's Truck Partner1935
Movie
5.6
ActorShamrock1934
Movie
5.8
ActorJeff1940
Movie
6
ActorReverend Bitters1940
Movie
5.5
ActorJonas Polk1931
Movie
5.6
ActorDiaper Delivery Man1954
Movie
5.8
ActorShoeshine Man1932
Movie
6.5
ActorGeorge1943
Movie
6.1
ActorSinger1930
Movie
6.5
ActorGeorge the Butler1944
Movie
5.9
ActorBlack Revivalist1930
Movie
6.1
ActorCongo MacRosenbloom1937
Movie
6.3
ActorRusty1930
Movie
5.5
ActorRestaurant Table Captain1936
Movie
5.2
ActorLightning1937
Movie
6.4
ActorEddie1942
Movie
6.1
ActorNappus1929
Movie
5.1
ActorGeorge1942
Movie
5.5
ActorKyba1945
Movie
6.8
Actor'Rufe'1935
Movie
6.2
ActorJupe1941
Movie
7.2
ActorAbraham Jackson1933
Movie
6
ActorJeff - Building Janitor1931
Movie
5.5
ActorLincoln1936
Movie
5.4
ActorCurfew1932
Movie
5.7
ActorEustace Brown1931
Movie
6.1
ActorCurfew1931
Movie
4.1
ActorStablehand1930
Movie
7.1
ActorPapa Harris1977
Movie
7.1
ActorPorter1943
Movie
7
ActorFirst Mate Johnson1935
Movie
5.9
ActorPompey1951
Movie
6.7
ActorJason1947
Movie
7.2
ActorSam1936
Movie
6.1
ActorHenry1944
Movie
6.7
ActorSmoky1947
Movie
6.6
ActorButler1943
Movie
6
ActorBino1940
Movie
6.9
ActorDurham's Valet (uncredited)1942
Movie
7.1
ActorGrandpa (Robeson sequence)1942
Movie
6
ActorCoach driver1932
Movie
7.3
Actor'Tiger', Lee's Handler1938
Movie
4
ActorSmoke Johnson1932
Movie
ActorChauffeur1933
Movie
3.7
ActorDeacon1936
Movie
5.4
ActorPompey1936
Movie
5.8
ActorSunrise1933
Movie
6.6
ActorRascal1932
Movie
6.7
ActorAlabam' / Singing Voice of Condemned Man (uncredited)1931
Movie
6.6
ActorVoice of Singer (uncredited)1933
Movie
5.3
ActorCabaret Singer (uncredited)1929
Movie
6.8
ActorDeath Row Singing Prisoner (uncredited)1932
Movie
ActorJefferson1930
Movie
5.3
ActorParty Guest (uncredited)1930
Movie
6.4
ActorDriver (uncredited)1930
Movie
6.5
ActorChurch Member (uncredited)1929
Movie
5.5
ActorGazenga's Assistant1973
Short Film
Actor1930
Movie
6.2
ActorKyba1956
Movie
5.5
ActorPorter (uncredited)1947
Movie
ActorCarter (uncredited)1944
Movie
ActorLightin'1946
Movie
6.3
ActorFrank (uncredited)1945
Movie
6.2
Actor1941
TV Show
7.1
Actor1 Episode1955-1957
TV Show
7.4
ActorAlbert
1 Episode
1950-1959
TV Show
6.5
Actor10 Episodes1955-1956
TV Show
7.4
ActorPhil
1 Episode
1952-1956
Short Film
5.6
ActorTrain Porter1940
Short Film
6.2
ActorFarina's father1929
Short Film
7.1
ActorSam1943
Short Film
4.9
ActorThe Farmer1936
Short Film
Actor1921
Short Film
Actor1937
Short Film
5.9
ActorSelf1933
Movie
6.5
ActorDonald Freeland1973
Movie
ActorSelf (archive footage)1975
Movie
5.4
CrewAdditional Dialogue1940
Movie
6.6
SoundOriginal Music Composer1932
Movie
5.2
SoundOriginal Music Composer1938
Movie
5.3
WritingWriter1939
Short Film
ProductionProducer1921
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