Hampden, Walter

Hampden, Walter

(hăm`dən), 1879–1955, American actor, b. Brooklyn, N.Y., whose original name was Walter Hampden Dougherty. He made his first appearance in London in 1901. Returning to the United States in 1907, he supported Nazimova in an Ibsen series and later appeared in Kennedy's Servant in the House and in Shakespearean drama. In 1923 he was first seen as Cyrano de Bergerac, a role that he often repeated. After assuming management of the Colonial Theatre, he renamed it Hampden's and appeared there (1925–30) with his own company. A revered figure of the American theater, Hampden was president of the Players' Club for 27 years.

Hampden, Walter (b. Dougherty)

(1879–1955) stage actor; born in Brooklyn, N.Y. A romantic presence, he performed both classic and commercial theater, appearing several times in the title role of Cyrano de Bergerac.
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On Sunday at Hampden, Walter Smith will come up against another of his nine-in-a-row squadron.
On a miserable afternoon at Hampden, Walter Smith's side got off to the worst possible start when Vitaly Kutuzov pounced on a defensive mix-up to put Belarus ahead in six minutes.
THE last time Scotland tangled with Italy at Hampden, Walter Smith walked there and paid to get in.