Herb Jeffries

Actor Herb Jeffries
  • Birth name:

    Umberto Alejandro Ballentino

  • Date of Birth:

    24 September 1913 Detroit, Michigan, USA

  • Height:

    6' 2" (1.88 m)

Biography:

This velvet-toned jazz baritone and sometime actor was (and perhaps still is) virtually unknown to white audiences. Yet, back in the late 1930s and early 1940s, Herb Jeffries was very big...in black-cast films. Today he is respected and remembered as a pioneer who broke down rusted-shut racial doors in Hollywood and ultimately displayed a positive image as a black actor on celluloid.The Detroit native was born Herbert Jeffrey on September 24, 1911 (some sources list 1914). His white Irish mothe... more

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