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Nicholas Tooley

(1582—1623) actor


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(?1582/3–1623), actor (King's Men by 1605 to 1623). If Edmond's identification is correct, Tooley was a wealthy Anglo-Flemish orphan whose Warwickshire relatives Shakespeare would have known from childhood. In his will Tooley thanked Cuthbert Burbage's wife for her ‘motherly care’ of him. Augustine Phillips in his will called Tooley his ‘fellow’, which indicates that Tooley was by then a sharer in the King's Men. A surviving annotated cast list indicates that Tooley played Ananias in Jonson's The Alchemist and Corvino in Jonson's Volpone. The 1619 King's Men patent names Tooley after Heminges, Burbage, Condell, and Lowin and the 1623 Folio, published after his death, names him as principal actor.

From The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Shakespeare Studies and Criticism.


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