Daniel L. Haynes

Daniel L. Haynes (1889; July 28, 1954) was an American stage and film actor and clergyman. He is best known for starring as Zeke in the early all-black King Vidor directed film Halleljuah.[1][2] In 1910, he married Rosa Belle Sims in Chicago. In his last years, he left show business and became a full-time Baptist minister.[3] At the time of M-G-M's Hallelujah, Haynes is quoted as having said: "I cannot say what our race owes King Vidor and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer --- there are not words forceful enough for that. Hallelujah will, as Moses led his people from the wilderness, lead ours from the wilderness of misunderstanding and apathy."[4]

Daniel L. Haynes
Haynes in a stage presentation of Androcles and the Lion, Lafayette Theatre, NYC, 1938
Daniel Leo Haynes

1889 (1889)
DiedJuly 28, 1954 (aged 6465)
Occupationactor; minister of the gospel
Spouse(s)Rosa Belle Sims

Selected filmography


  1. Silent Film Necrology, p.235 2nd Edition c.2001 by Eugene M. Vazzana
  2. Who Was Who on Screen, p. 207 2nd Edition c.1977 by Evelyn Mack Truitt
  3. ^The Kingston Daily Freeman, July 29, 1954, p. 1, "Preacher, Stage Star, Succumbs of Heart Ailment - Daniel L. Haynes,"
  4. "Sense and Sensuality in Representations of Race", p. 312, in Race, Nation, and Religion in the Americas, Henry Goldschmidt and Elizabeth McAlister, eds., Oxford University Press, 2004


  1. Preacher, "Stage Star, Succumbs of Heart Ailment - Daniel L. Haynes," p. , The Kingston Daily Freeman, July 29, 1954
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