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Canada Lee is ...

Born 3 Mar 1907 in New York City
Died 9 May 1952 in New York City
Age45 years, 2 months
Causemyocardial infarction
Canada Lee
Canada Lee
Publicity photograph of Canada Lee, promoting the 1947 Enterprise Studios film production, Body and Soul, distributed by United Artists

About Canada Lee

Canada Lee (born Leonard Lionel Cornelius Canegata, March 3, 1907 – May 9, 1952) was an American actor who pioneered roles for African Americans. After careers as a jockey, boxer and musician, he became an actor in the Federal Theatre Project, most notably in a 1936 production of Macbeth adapted and directed by Orson Welles. Lee later starred in Welles's original Broadway production of Native Son (1941). A champion of civil rights in the 1930s and 1940s, Lee was blacklisted and died shortly before he was scheduled to appear before the House Un-American Activities Committee. He furthered the African-American tradition in theatre pioneered by such actors as Paul Robeson. Lee was the father of actor Carl Lee.


Lee died of a heart attack at the age of 45 on May 9, 1952, in New York City.