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James Edwards
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Several years ahead of Sidney Poitier, Edwards was among Hollywood's first actors to supercede the "Stepin Fetchit" stereotype of black males as shiftless illiterates. He is remembered for the dignity portrayed in his performances. He is particularly remembered for his leading role in "Home of the Brave(1949)." He was also the first black actor to play the role of a fighter pilot in a film in "Battle Hymn(1957)." This did not happen again until "Iron Eagle(1986)" with Louis Gossett Jr..
Added by: Warrick L. Barrett

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