Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Charles Wyndham English Actor

Charles Wyndham was, at eighteen, a medical student at Liverpool, at which city he was born; but having taken his degrees of L.R.C.S. and L.S.A., he went, at twenty-one, to America, and made his first appearance as an actor at Washington, with John Wilkes Booth, to whose Hamlet he played Osric. Booth, who perhaps was never wholly sane, and who three years later made himself a name of world-wide infamy by shooting Presi­dent Lincoln in a theatre box, saw so little sign of genius in the new actor that he discharged him for incom­petency.

Mr. Wyndham then served as surgeon to the 19th Army Corps, and was present at some of the most deadly battles of the Civil War. His appearance at that time was that of our second portrait, which represents him in his uniform. Two years later, on his return to England, he again went on the boards, and entered at once upon the career which has long been recognized as that of the finest light comedian at present on the stage.

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