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Biography

Source: Wikipedia

Oscar Devereaux Micheaux (US pronunciation: i/ˈɒskə.mɪˈʃoʊ/; January 2, 1884 – March 25, 1951) was an American author, film director and independent producer of more than 44 films. Although the short-lived Micheaux Book & Film Company produced some films, he is regarded as the first major African-American feature filmmaker, the most successful African-American filmmaker of the first half of the twentieth century and the most prominent producer of race films. He produced both silent films and "talkies" after the industry changed to incorporate speaking actors.

Fact file

  • Born: Oscar Devereaux Micheaux January 2, 1884 Metropolis, Illinois, USA
  • Died: March 25, 1951 (aged 67) Charlotte, North Carolina, USA
  • Occupation: Director, author
  • Spouse(s): Orlean McCracken (m.1910) Alice B. Russell (m.1926)
  • Awards: Directors Guild of America Awards 1986 Golden Jubilee Special Award Hollywood Walk of Fame 6721 Hollywood Boulevard

Read more about Oscar Micheaux at Wikipedia or at the Internet Movie Database

In the news

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Variety, 2017-06-29 16:00:21
HBO is developing a biopic of pioneering African-American filmmaker Oscar Micheaux that has Tyler Perry on board to star. Craig Zadan and Neil Meron are shepherding the project for Sony Pictures TV through their Storyline Entertainment banner. Perry is set to executive produce with Zadan and Meron but does not ...

MoMA Explores Black Representation in Movies
NY Times Movies, 2017-04-12 16:18:28
The program, “Making Faces on Film,” kicks off with a 1925 film by Oscar Micheaux featuring Paul Robeson in two roles.

MoMA Explores Black Representation in Movies
NY Times Movies, 2017-04-12 16:18:28
The program, “Making Faces on Film,” kicks off with a 1925 film by Oscar Micheaux featuring Paul Robeson in two roles.

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