Clinton Rosemond

Clinton Rosemond (November 1, 1882 – March 10, 1966) was an American singer and actor. Born Cresent Clinton Rosemond, he served as a private in the United States Army during the Spanish–American War, and he later sang in the Southern Trio with John C. Payne and Mabel Mercer in the 1920s. The group was based in England and specialized in a cappella.[1] Rosemond went on to act in American films of the 1930s and 1940s.

Clinton Rosemond
Born(1882-11-01)November 1, 1882
DiedMarch 10, 1966(1966-03-10) (aged 83)
Years active1930-1953

Often uncredited and typecast as a butler or servant due to a lack of film roles for African-American actors, he was frequently relegated to playing demeaning parts, such as a stereotypical "scared Negro".[2] Rosemond died in 1966 from a stroke.

He and his wife Corinne had two daughters, Eleanor Alsobrooks, an educator, and Bertha Hope-Booker, a musician, and a son Clinton, a city planner.[3]

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  1. ^ Egan, Bill (2004). Florence Mills: Harlem Jazz Queen. The Scarecrow Press. p. 183.
  2. ^ Bernstein, Matthew (2009). Screening a Lynching: The Leo Frank Case on Film and Television. University of Georgia Press. p. 111. ISBN 9780820327525. Retrieved 10 April 2017.
  3. ^ Kelley, Robin (2010). Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original. Simon and Schuster. p. 276. ISBN 9781439190463. Retrieved 10 April 2017.

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