Home / Biography / Jules Bledsoe

Jules Bledsoe

Biography

Among the initial African-American theatrical performers to seem regularly on Broadway. He most famously made an appearance in Deep River and Present Sail boat. He graduated from Bishop University in Tx and continued to wait Columbia School and Virginia Union University. He portrayed the type of Joe in the 1927 primary Broadway creation of Show Sail boat; professional Paul Robeson ultimately gained greater identification for the function. He was created in Waco, Tx. He passed away in his mid-forties in LA, California. He made an appearance with Helen Morgan in the Broadway musical Present Boat.

Quick Facts


Full Name Jules Bledsoe
Date Of Birth December 29, 1897
Died July 14, 1943, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, United States
Place Of Birth Waco, TX
Profession Stage Actor
Education Columbia University, Bishop College
Nationality American
Movies Drums of the Congo, Show Boat
Star Sign Capricorn

  • Facts
  • Filmography
  • Awards
  • Salaries
  • Quotes
  • Trademarks
  • Pictures

#Fact
1In 1932, the first stage revival of "Show Boat", in which Paul Robeson finally played the role of Joe in the U.S., began to lose money because of the Great Depression. (Robeson had previously played Joe in the 1928 London Production of "Show Boat".) So, on tour in the U.S., the revival was reduced to what is called a "tab show" (a ninety minute condensed version of the nearly three-hour musical), and in this tab show, Bledsoe replaced Paul Robeson, and once again played the role of Joe.
2Made several "soundies", which were once thought lost, but have since been recovered.
3He had a fatal cerebral hemorrhage while at his manager's house in Hollywood.
4Although he was a famed singer in his time, few of his recordings are in print today, except for his version of "Ol' Man River", which has recently appeared on the CD collection, "The Ultimate 'Show Boat'", and some vintage recordings of black spirituals, which have recently been released on CD. In contrast to such famous African-American singers as Paul Robeson and William Warfield, both of whom also sang and acted the role of Joe in "Show Boat", Bledsoe is practically unknown to modern audiences.
5Noted African-American concert and opera bass-baritone who sang with such orchestras as the Concertgebeouw Orchestra of Amsterdam. He also sang the role of Amonasro in Verdi's "Aida" in several productions of the work.
6When the Broadway premiere of "Show Boat" was delayed in 1927 by Ziegfeld, Paul Robeson became unavailable, so Jules Bledsoe stepped in. He played and sang the role of Joe, introducing "Ol' Man River".


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Drums of the Congo1942Kalu
On the Levee1929ShortBaritone Vocalist
Old Man Trouble1929ShortJules Bledsoe - Baritone
Show Boat1929Joe [prologue]

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Drums of the Congo1942performer: "'Round the Bend", "River Man", "Hear the Drums Beat Out"
Show Boat1929performer: "Ol' Man River" 1927, "The Lonesome Road" 1927 - uncredited

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Show Boat1929singing voice: Stepin Fetchit - uncredited

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Dear Old Southland1930ShortHimself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Biography1996TV Series documentaryJoe in 'Show Boat'

Looks like we don't have awards information. Sorry!



Looks like we don't have salary information. Sorry!



Looks like we don't have quotes information. Sorry!



Looks like we don't have trademarks information. Sorry!



Looks like we don't have pictures. Sorry!

Check Also

Lani O’Grady

She played Mary Bradford, the strong, self-assured eldest child within the ABC TV series Eight …