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Canada Lee, American actor.

Background

Lee, Canada was born on March 3, 1907 in New York City. Son of James Cornelius and Lydia (Whaley) C.

Education

Student in public schools, New York City.

Career

1 son, Carl Vincent; divorced January 1942. Married second Frances Pollack, March 1951. Studied violin, age 7 to 14.

Ran away to become jockey, at 14. Rode until 16, then exercised horses until 18. Went into boxing at 19.

Won Metropolitan Inter-city and Junior National championships. Turned professional at 20 and became leading contender for welterweight championship. Eyes failed at 23; stopped fighting at 26.

Organized a band, playing for dances and at theaters. Became interested in theater and secured part in Meek Mose. Stevedore at 28; played in Orson Welles’ Negro Macbeth.

With Rex Ingram in Haiti, doing Christophe. Season with Ethel Waters doing Drylon in Mamba’s Daughters. Later narrator on “Flow Gently, Sweet Rhythm” program with John Kirby and Maxine Sullivan, Columbia Broadcasting System.

Selected for part of Bigger Thomas in Native Son, director by Orson Welles on Mercury Productions. Appeared in Anna Lucasta, The Tempest, On Whitman Avenue (star and co-producer), The Dutchess of Malfi, Set My People Free. (films) Lifeboat; Body and Soul.

Cry The Beloved Country.

Religion

A mature Christian can reach a state where the love of God reigns supreme in the heart. No one can be perfect in an absolute way, as God is. But it is possible to be perfect in love to God.

Politics

God loves the world, sending Jesus to die for the sins of the whole world and, in Christ, is reconciling to Himself people from every tribe, tongue, and nation.

Views

Holiness is not just about personal spirituality and prayer. It will also be expressed through a commitment to social justice and to enabling other people to become followers of Jesus.

Connections

Married Juanita Waller, December, 1925.; married second Frances Pollack, March 1951.

father:
James Cornelius C.

mother:
Lydia (Whaley) C.

spouses:
Juanita Waller

2d Frances Pollack