Louis James


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(1842–1910), actor. A much respected leading man who never quite attained the highest order of public acceptance, he was born in Tremont, Illinois, and made his debut with a Louisville stock company in 1863. He left to join Mrs. John Drew at Philadelphia's Arch Street Theatre, then in 1872 became a member of Augustin Daly's famous ensemble. In 1886 James branched out on his own, producing and starring in a series of Shakespearean revivals, beginning with Othello (1886), Hamlet (1888), and Much Ado About Nothing (1888), and continuing through Henry VIII and The Comedy of Errors during the 1907–08 season. The productions were generally admired by critics, but found more welcome on the road than in New York.

From The Oxford Companion to American Theatre in Oxford Reference.

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