|Film debut in "Lifeboat"|
|Grew up in Harlem, friends with Adam Clayton Powell|
|Starred in white-face on Broadway in "The Duchess of Malfi"|
|First stage performance as Banquo in Orson Welles's all-black "Macbeth"|
|Changed name to Canada Lee|
|Underwent a sympathectomy (surgical interruption of sympathetic nerve pathways) to relieve high blood pressure|
|Sole TV appearance on "Tele Theatre"'s "The Final Bell"|
|Starred on Broadway in Orson Welles' production of Richard Wright's "Native Son"|
|Charged with larceny for alledgedly trying to sell an automobile that he had not made a payment on just as he was about to embark on national tour of "Native Son"; Welles's lawyer Arnold Weissberger kept him from prison after a protracted court battle|
|Joined the WPA's Federal Theater Project in Harlem|
|Signed with Enterprise films|
|Carl Lee||Son||co-wrote screenplay for Shirley Clarke's "The Cool World" (1963)|
|"All my life, I've been on the verge of being something. I'm almost becoming a concert violinist and I run away to the races. I'm almost a good jockey and I go overweight. I'm, almost a champion prize fighter and my eyes go bad."--Canada Lee (quoted in Stefan Kanfer's "A Journal of the Plague Years", 1973)|
|"There was a sense of the driven aristocrat about him, as if to relax was to sink below one's natural level. When he turned actor, almost because there seemed nothing else to do, he was variously judged a natural, a consummate professional and incredibly lucky."--Stefan Kanfer ("A Journal of the Plague Years", 1973)|
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