Clarksville Connections

Clarksville Connections is an ongoing project to share the stories of historically significant people who have a Clarksville connection. We are working diligently to share content to the site so please visit often for updates. We also invite your input. Please email your information and ideas to michelle@visitclarksvilletn.com.

Performing and Visual Arts


Frank Sutton
Actor
1923-1974

Frank Sims Sutton and Thelma Sutton met working for The Leaf Chronicle in Clarksville. On October 23, 1923, on S. Second Street in Clarksville, Frank Spencer Sutton was born. He was the typical little boy who enjoyed playing outside and coming home dirty. One day, he used grease to paint his face and put on a theatrical performance for his family; he told them that he was going to be an actor. In 1964, Frank was offered a role in a spinoff of The Andy Griffith Show. Starring alongside Jim Nabors, who played Gomer Pyle; Frank played Sergeant Vince Carter in the television series. 

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Clarence Cameron White
Concert Violinist and Composer
1880-1960

Concert Violinist and Composer Clarence Cameron White lived the first 10 years of his life in Clarksville. His grandfather gave him his first violin when he was six years old. A few years later, the family moved to Washington DC where he began taking lessons. His work throughout his life undoubtedly contributed to shaping a new black cultural identity and has impacted the classical repertoire to this day.

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Charles Bollin Watts
Actor
1912-1966

Clarksvillian Charles Bollin Watts acted in more than 100 television, movie and theatre roles from the 1920s-60s, including sheriff in three episodes of "The Lone Ranger."

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Robert Loftin Newman
Visual Artist
1827-1912

Robert Loftin Newman began painting portraits as a young man in Clarksville. After studying with master Asher B. Durand in Paris, he opened a studio in his Clarksville home where he worked until serving in the Civil War. 

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