Booth, Junius Brutus

Booth, Junius Brutus,

1796–1852, Anglo-American actor. After experience in the provinces, he appeared at Covent Garden. In 1817, with his portrayal of Richard III, he established himself as a rival of Edmund Kean. In 1821 he emigrated to the United States, where he spent most of his remaining life. An imposing tragic actor with a full, rich voice and a rugged grandeur, Booth had an erratic personal life complicated by intemperate habits. His son Junius Brutus Booth, Jr. excelled as a theatrical manager, while Edwin BoothBooth, Edwin,
1833–93, one of the first great American actors and the most famous of his era, b. "Tudor Hall," near Bel Air, Md. After years of touring with his father, Junius Brutus Booth, serving his theatrical apprenticeship, he appeared in New York City (1857) and
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 surpassed his father as an actor. A third son was the assassin of President Lincoln, John Wilkes BoothBooth, John Wilkes
, 1838–65, American actor, the assassin of Abraham Lincoln, b. near Bel Air, Md.; son of Junius Brutus Booth and brother of Edwin Booth. He made his stage debut at the age of 17 in Baltimore.
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See S. Kimmel, The Mad Booths of Maryland (2d ed. 1969).

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Booth, Junius Brutus

(1796–1852) actor; born in London, England. A success in London, he came to the U.S.A. in 1821. A handsome, eccentric man known for his tragic roles, he fathered three theatrical sons: Junius Brutus Jr., Edwin, and John Wilkes Booth.
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