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Lincoln Perry- Actor. Hollywood's first African-American movie star. Born in Key West, Florida, he ran away from home at 14 to join a minstrel show and graduated to the vaudeville circuit as a comedic song-and-dance man. He allegedly took his stage name from a racehorse that had won him some money. His first screen appearance was in the silent "In Old Kentucky" (1927). In an era when most black roles in American films were still being played by white actors in burnt cork, Fetchit's…

Lincoln Perry- Actor. Hollywood's first African-American movie star. Born in Key West, Florida, he ran away from home at 14 to join a minstrel show and graduated to the vaudeville circuit as a comedic song-and-dance man. He allegedly took his stage name from a racehorse that had won him some money. His first screen appearance was in the silent "In Old Kentucky" (1927). In an era when most black roles in American films were still being played by white actors in burnt cork, Fetchit's…

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