Byron, Arthur


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(1872–1943), actor. The son of performer Oliver Doud Byron, he was born in Brooklyn and made his debut with his father's company in 1889. After playing several seasons under Charles Frohman's aegis in support of John Drew, Byron was playing leading roles, such as the maligned suitor of the heroine in The Stubbornness of Geraldine (1902), Maxine Elliott's vicious suitor in Her Own Way (1903), Rev. Gavin Dishart in The Little Minister (1904), John Ryder in a touring company of The Lion and the Mouse (1906), and Jerome Le Govain in Samson (1908). He was again Elliott's leading man in The Inferior Sex (1910), then toured with Maude Adams as John Shand in What Every Woman Knows (1911) and played opposite Mrs. Fiske in The High Road (1912). Byron scored a major success as Dr. Gerald Sumner in The Boomerang (1915) and enjoyed another long run as the Friend to the absurdly jealous Husband in Tea for Three (1918). After a lengthy tour and brief New York stand as the aging boulevardier Comte de Larsac in Transplanting Jean (1921), he won applause as Dr. John Dillard in The Ghost Between (1921). His biggest hit was as Richard Sones, who tames his irresponsible wife in Spring Cleaning (1923). In a change of pace he was hailed as Martin Brady, the state's attorney, in The Criminal Code (1929) while another drama, Five Star Final (1930), allowed him to play the guilt-ridden editor Randall. In 1936 Byron essayed Polonius to John Gielgud's Hamlet and two years later made his last appearance as the militaristic King Zedekiah in Jeremiah (1939).

From The Oxford Companion to American Theatre in Oxford Reference.

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