Forrest McClendon (born in Norwalk, Connecticut) is an American stage actor, singer and professor. McClendon received a Tony Award nomination for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical nomination in 2011 for his portrayal of Mr. Tambo in the Broadway musical, The Scottsboro Boys. The Scottsboro Boys had marked McClendon's Broadway debut.
McClendon was born and raised in Norwalk, Connecticut. He was raised in the Roodner Court public housing project in South Norwalk. His mother, Ruthie Mae Brown, still resides in Norwalk. He attended Nathan Hale Middle School and graduated from Norwalk High School in 1983. McClendon received his first formal singing lessons from Lewis Cisto, a teacher in the Norwalk High School music department. He also received lessons from Betty Jones, a Connecticut opera singer, and Cassandra Eaton, the music minister of Grace Baptist Church in Norwalk.
He made his Broadway debut as Mr. Tambo in the 2010 musical, The Scottsboro Boys, after appearing in the musical off-Broadway. The role led to McClendon's first Tony Award nomination in May 2011 for Best Featured Actor in a Musical.
The actor is now in rehearsal for a regional production of Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris at the Two Rivers Theatre in Red Bank, New Jersey.
McClendon is a faculty member at Temple University and an adjunct associate professor at the University of Arts in Philadelphia. He is a resident of East Lampeter Township, a suburb of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, as of 2011.
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