Lee, Canada (1907 – 52)
African-American actor who pioneered roles for Black Americans.
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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. A champion of civil rights in the 1930s and 1940s, Lee died shortly before he was scheduled to appear before the House Un-American Activities Committee.