Leigh Whipper

In 1944, Whipper was honored by the Ethiopian government for his portrayal of the superior Emperor Haile Selassie in the movie Mission to Moscow (1943), his most famous scene in the film is when he delivers a speech before the League of the Nations.

Though he appeared in nearly two-dozen films, Whipper was devoted to his stage career and maintained lifelong activity as a member in several organizations, including the American Federation of Radio Artists (1937) and the Screen Actors Guild (1933). He was also a founding member of the Negro Actors Guild of America (1937) along with actress Fredi Washington, who appeared as his leading lady in the Broadway play Lysistrata.”

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