Wilson, Francis

(1854-1935)
   Born in Philadelphia, the actor and playwright began his stage career in a minstrel troupe, but joined a stock company in 1877. Thereafter, he balanced the legitimate stage with comic opera. He was also a prolific writer, authoring two memoirs as well as books on fellow actors, including Joseph Jefferson III, with whom he performed in the "all-star" revival of The Rivals in 1896. Among Wilson's plays are The Bachelor's Baby (1909) and The Spiritualist (1913). He was the first president of Actors' Equity.

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