- (1886?-1956)New York-born African American actor Frank Wilson was trained at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts before serving as understudy and replacement for the leads in Eugene O'Neill's All God's Chillun Got Wings (1924) and Paul Green's In Abraham's Bosom (1926). He scored a major success in the title role of Dubose and Dorothy Heyward 's Porgy (1927), which he played for several years in New York, on tour, and in London. Wilson also wrote Walk Together Chillun (1936), produced at the Lafayette Theatre by the Negro Theatre Unit of the Federal Theatre Project,* where it ran for 29 performances. His later career, which included performances in They Shall Not Die* (1934), a revival of The Green Pastures* (1935), Watch on the Rhine* (1941), and The Big Knife (1949), illustrates the difficulty faced by black performers in that he was most often cast in servant roles.
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