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Edwin Booth
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    (November 13, 1833-1893)
    Brother of actors John Wilkes Booth and Junius Booth
    Played Hamlet for a then-record 100 consecutive performances on Broadway (1864)
    In an incredible act of irony, years before his brother shot Lincoln, he saved the life of President Lincoln's son. He rescued him from almost being crushed by a train in Jersey City, N.J.
    After Lincoln's murder, he went into temporary retirement.
    His first performance in his comeback was as Hamlet.
    Fearing the audience would boo him, he sat on a chair on the stage in the first scene so that the audience could react to him immediately. He received a rapturous standing ovation.
    He was so distraught at his inability to be with his wife at her death that he gave up drinking completely.
    He is considered the finest American Actor of the nineteenth century.
    He is considered the greatest personification of Hamlet in the nineteenth century.

Credit: Jon Mullich

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