One of Hollywood's first African American movie stars, James Edwards catapulted to stardom following his breakout role in 1949's "Home of the Brave". In his superlative performance as a U.S. soldier experiencing racial prejudice during combat in the South Pacific, Edwards proved that African American actors could do far more than play the bumbling sidekick, the jovial song-and-dance man, or the illiterate plantation hand. Edwards went on to roles in Stanley Kubrick's breakthrough indie "The Killing", John Frankenheimer's "The Manchurian Candidate", and his final appearance in Franklin J. Schaffner's "Patton". This book tells the story of Edwards' life and career, describing his unlikely climb to fame following a serious war injury and detailing how the little known native of Muncie, Indiana, paved the way for the careers of Sidney Poitier, Harry Belafonte, and other African American stars to follow.
Maryland resident Pamala S. Deane is a program coordinator at the University of Maryland. She is the author of numerous essays and non-fiction scripts for educational television.
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