Edmund Breese


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(1871–1936), actor. Although he never achieved stardom, the Brooklyn-born actor was much sought after for more than forty years. He made his debut in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, in 1895 and later supported James O'Neill in The Count of Monte Cristo and Robert Edeson in Strongheart. His most famous roles were the Rockefeller-like millionaire John Burkett Ryder in The Lion and the Mouse (1905) and Hiram Draper, who opposes his son's marriage to an English girl, in So This Is London (1922). In between he was praised for his devil Dickon in the first New York production of The Scarecrow (1911) and the unhappily married John in Why Marry? (1917). He was playing District Attorney Flint in Night of January 16 (1935) at the time of his death.

From The Oxford Companion to American Theatre in Oxford Reference.

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