Clarence Muse Overview:

Character actor, Clarence Muse, was born on Oct 14, 1889 in Baltimore, MD. Muse died at the age of 90 on Oct 13, 1979 in Perris, CA .


Clarence Muse was a Black American actor who found himself typecast as handymen or other menials, although he was a law graduate who later moved to acting, writing, and composing. The role of 'Jim' in the 1931 version of Huckleberry Finn established him in Hollywood. He made films there for 50 years, and also founded, or co-founded black theatre groups in New York. His star roles were confined to all-black productions, although he was delightful singing the Oscar-winning "Sunshine Cake" with Bing Crosby and Coleen Gray in Riding High. He died from a cerebral hemorrhage.

(Source: available at Amazon Quinlan's Illustrated Dictionary of Film Character Actors).



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Clarence Muse Quotes:

Charles Kessler: What's the matter with Miss Mannix?
Evans the Butler: I thought she was doing her exercises, but she's dead.

Tim Washington, the Doorman: Most all them folks is starving for something, and it ain't food. They comes in here and eats and dances and hugs themselves up to a woman,and for a while they think they're happy. Then they comes out, and the world is just as cold and empty as it was before. That's real starvin', Mr. Ryan.
Officer Ryan: Why, Tim, you're a philospher.
Tim Washington, the Doorman: Am I? You don't say so. That ain't what my wife Mary says. She says I'm just a fool-talkin' old colored man.

Evans the Butler: Do I look pale?
Jules Mason: No.
Evans the Butler: I feel pale.

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Clarence Muse Facts
In his salad days, Muse appeared as an opera singer, a minstrel performer and a vaudeville actor. He also composed songs and wrote plays and sketches, and was considered a pioneer in the 'black theatre' movement.

A member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., Omega Chapter.

An outspoken proponent for the positive treatment of black performers, Muse fought demeaning stereotypes for most his career. Ironically, he was a staunch supporter of the controversial black-oriented TV series "The Amos 'n Andy Show" (1951). He insisted that, despite the standard caricatures of the title players, the series allowed black actors to portray white-collar roles such as doctors, bankers, judges, and professors, generally not done in white-oriented series.

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