Canada Lee (born Leonard Lionel Cornelius Canegata) was one of the greatest actors of his generation. After careers as a jockey, boxer (before one boxing match, an announcer stumbled over his given name calling him “Canada Lee” and he decided to adopt the name), and musician (he was a concert violinist by the age of 12), Canada Lee became an actor in the Federal Theatre Project and collaborated multiple times with Orson Welles. On his relationship to Welles, Lee had this to say “I never would have amounted to anything in the theatre if it hadn't been for Orson Welles. The way I looked at acting, it was interesting and it was certainly better than going hungry. But I didn't have a serious approach to it until … I bumped into Orson Welles. He was putting on a Federal Theatre production of Macbeth with Negro players and, somehow, I won the part of Banquo. He rehearsed us for six solid months, but when the play finally went on before an audience, it was right — and it was a wonderful sensation, knowing it was right. Suddenly, the theatre became important to me. I had a respect for it, for what it could say. I had the ambition — I caught it from Orson Welles — to work like mad and be a convincing actor." His films include Hitchcock’s Lifeboat, Robert Rossen’s Body and Soul, and Zoltan Korda’s Cry, the Beloved Country. An outspoken champion of civil rights in the 1930s and 1940s, Lee was branded as a radical and blacklisted in Hollywood. It is believed that he was blocked from at least forty different productions by 1952. In 1949, the FBI offered to clear Lee’s name if he would publicly call Paul Robeson a communist. Lee refused and responded by saying, “All you’re trying to do is split my race.” He died shortly before he was scheduled to appear before the House Un-American Activities Committee. He was 45.