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Pioneering black athlete and film actor Woodrow Wilson Strode recalls his friendship with Jackie Robinson, his stint as professional wrestling's first black star, and his movie career

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Strode first achieved fame playing football at UCLA in the late 1930s with Kenny Washington and Jackie Robinson, the team that propelled that college into the gridiron big-time. Later he played semi-pro football and was a professional wrestler. After World War II, he and Washington set a precedent as the first blacks in the National Football League in the modern era; when he was released, Strode played football in Canada. Once his sports career was ended, he became a film actor, working for Cecil B. DeMille and John Ford; his film career took him to Italy as well where he became famous. Writing with freelancer Young, Strode makes trenchant observations about race relations in the U.S., and is especially biting in noting that his marriage to a Hawaiian princess made him persona non grata to some black Americans. Photos not seen by PW.
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Strode is remembered as a black athlete in the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s and as an actor in the 1950s and 1960s. In this autobiography he recounts his myriad career: as a football player at UCLA in the mid-1930s with Kenny Washington and Jackie Robinson, he modeled for Hitler's film director Leni Riefenstahl; while still playing pro football he wrestled the likes of "Gorgeous George." When movies beckoned, he came under the tutelage of director John Ford. Between takes he caroused with Kirk Douglas and Lee Marvin. He married a Hawaiian princess ("I ate seaweed before anyone had heard of vitamins," he says). Humorous and compassionate, this is recommended for black, Native American (he was part Native American), sports, and film collections.
- Kim Holston, American Inst. for Property and Liability Underwriters, Malvern, Pa.
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