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Dudley Digges, Irish actor. Recipient gold medal award of America-Irish History Society, New York, for leadership in Irish and American drama, 1939. Club: The Players.


Digges, Dudley was born on June 9, 1880 in Dublin, Ireland. Son of James Dudley and Catherine (Forsythe) Digges.


Student Christian Brothers School, Dublin, 1886-1890. Student St. Mary’s College, Dublin, 1890-1893.


Came to the United States, 1904, naturalized, 1933. Co-founder of The Irish National Theatre, 1902, appeared in 1st production of Yeat’s, Cathleen-ni-Houliham and AE’s Deirdre, 1902. Engaged for Irish Theatre, World’s Fair, St. Louis, Missouri, 1904.

With Charles Frohman prodns., New York, 1907-1911. With George Arliss as stage manager, 1911-1918. Played Jimmy Caesar in St. John Ervine’s John Ferguson, 1st New York Theatre Guild success, 1919.

Played leading characters with Guild 1919-1929. Director several Shaw plays including Heartbreak House, New York. Starred in, On Borrowed Time, 1938, The Masque of Kings, 1937, The Searching Wind, 1944, Listen Professor, 1943.

Has played Harry Hope in Eugene O’Neill’s The Iceman Cometh, New York 1946-1947.


Club: The Players.


Married Mary T. Quinn, August 27, 1907.

James Dudley Digges

Catherine (Forsythe) Digges

Mary T. Quinn