Booth, John Wilkes


Booth, John Wilkes
(1838-1865)
   The darkly attractive tragedian, son of Junius Brutus Booth, was born on his father's farm near Baltimore, Maryland. He made his debut in Baltimore, then joined the stock company at Philadelphia's Arch Street Theatre. Billed as a star for his New York debut at Wallack's Theatre in 1862, he transfixed audiences with his intense portrayal of Richard III. He made his last stage appearance at Ford's Theatre in Washington, D.C., performing in a benefit for John McCullough. He is largely remembered to posterity as the assassin of President Abraham Lincoln during a performance of Our American Cousin by Laura Keene's company at Ford's Theatre on 14 April 1865. Although his life ended well before the modernist era, Booth was frequently referred to or appears as a character in many plays and motion pictures to the present day.

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  • Booth, John Wilkes — born May 10, 1838, near Bel Air, Md., U.S. died April 26, 1865, near Port Royal, Va. U.S. actor and assassin of Pres. Abraham Lincoln. Born into a family of famous actors, he achieved success in Shakespearean roles but resented the greater… …   Universalium

  • Booth, John Wilkes — (10 may. 1838, cerca de Bel Air, Md., EE.UU. –26 abr. 1865, cerca de Port Royal, Va.). Actor estadounidense que asesinó al pdte. Abraham Lincoln. Nacido en una familia de actores famosos, tuvo éxito en papeles shakesperianos, pero se sintió… …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • BOOTH, JOHN WILKES —    son of an actor, assassinated Lincoln, and was shot by his captors (1839 1865) …   The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

  • John Wilkes Booth — (1838–1865) John Wilkes Booth (* 10. Mai 1838 bei Bel Air, Maryland; † 26. April 1865 bei Bowling Green, Virginia) war ein US amerikanischer Schauspieler, der heute allein als Mörder Abraham Lincolns bekannt ist. Zu seiner Zeit war er ein pop …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • John Wilkes Booth — Infobox Person name = John Wilkes Booth caption = John Wilkes Booth birth date = birth date|mf=yes|1838|5|10 birth place = Bel Air, Maryland, U.S.A. death date = death date and age|mf=yes|1865|4|26|1838|5|10 death place = Port Royal, Virginia,… …   Wikipedia

  • John Wilkes Booth — Pour les articles homonymes, voir Booth. John Wilkes Booth Naissance …   Wikipédia en Français

  • John Wilkes Booth — Retrato de John Wilkes Booth. John Wilkes Booth (10 de mayo de 1838 –26 de abril , 1865) fue un actor estadounidense, famoso por asesinar a Abraham Lincoln. Booth fue un simpatizante de los confederados que estuvo insatisfecho por cómo terminó la …   Wikipedia Español

  • John Wilkes Booth — noun United States actor and assassin of President Lincoln (1838 1865) • Syn: ↑Booth • Instance Hypernyms: ↑actor, ↑histrion, ↑player, ↑thespian, ↑role player, ↑assassin, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • John Wilkes Booth — (10 de mayo de 1838 – 26 de abril de 1865) fue un actor estadounidense más conocido por asesinar a Abraham Lincoln. Profesional y extremadamente popular en su día, Booth fue un simpatizante de los confederados que estuvo insatisfecho por como… …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • John Wilkes — Not to be confused with John Wilkes Booth. For other people named John Wilkes, see John Wilkes (disambiguation). Portrait of John Wilkes after Richard Houston, 1769 John Wilkes (17 October 1725 – 26 December 1797) was an English radical,… …   Wikipedia


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