Alfred Lunt

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Alfred Lunt
Alfred Davis Lunt, Jr.
BirthplaceMilwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S.

Lunt, Alfred


Born Aug. 19, 1893, in Milwaukee. American actor.

Lunt made his stage debut in 1913 in Boston. His first success was the title role in Tarkington’s Clarence. The most fruitful period in Lunt’s career was his association with the Theater Guild (1924–29), where he created his best roles: Higgins (Shaw’s Pygmalion), Dmitrii Karamazov (The Brothers Karamazov after Dostoevsky), Petruchio (Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew), and Trigorin (Chekhov’s The Seagull). In the 1930’s, Lunt and his wife, Lynn Fontanne, were major stars of the Broadway theater, appearing primarily in the drawing-room comedies of S. N. Behrman and N. Coward. Lung gave his last performance in 1961 in Dü rrenmatt’s The Visit. The Globe Theater in New York was renamed the Lunt-Fontanne in 1958.


Freedley, G. The Lunts. London [1957].
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