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Francis Wilson was an American actor, born in Philadelphia.

Background

Wilson, Francis was born on February 7, 1854 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. Son of Charles Edwin and Emily (Von Erdon) Wilson.

Education

Honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters, Wesleyan University, 1929.

Career

Charles Huard), Adelaide Craycroft (Mistress James Bradbury, Junior). Married second, Edna Bruns (his leading woman in “The Bachelor’s Baby”), 1917. Children—Craycroft Francis, Margalo Francis.

First professional appearance in a minstrel company. Engaged in legitimate comedy at Chestnut St. Theatre, 1887-1878, Philadelphia, as Cool, in “London Assurance,” 1878-1879. With Annie Pixley in “M’liss,” 1879.

With “Mitchell’s Pleasure Party,” 1880-1883. Started in comic opera as Sir Joseph Porter in “Pinafore”. Became leading comedian of McCaull Opera Company and of Casino, New York, 1885-1889, where he created the character of Cadeaux in “Ermine.” Subsequently organized his own company in which he took leading comedy rôles in “The Oolah,” “The Merry Monarch,” “The Lion Tamer,” “Ermine” (a revival), “The Chieftain,” “Devil’s Deputy,” “Half a King,” “The Little Corporal,” 1898-1899.

“Cyrano de Bergerac,” 1899-1900. “The Monks of Malabar,” 1900-1901. “The Strollers,” 1901-1902.

“The Toreador,” 1902-1903, 1904-1905. Engaged in legitimate comedy with Charles Frohman, “Cousin Billy” (Le Voyage de M. Perrichon). “The Mountain Climber”.

“The Little Father of the Wilderness”. “When Knights Were Bold,” 1907-1908. “The Bachelor’s Baby,” 1909, 10, 11.

“The Spiritualist,” 1911, 12. “Ermine,” a revival with DeWolf Hopper, 1920-1921. Bob Acres in Sheridan’s “The Rivals,” 1922.

“The Rivals,” and “School for Scandal,” 1923. “She Stoops to Conquer,” 1924. Acres in “The Rivals,” and Rip in “Rip Van Winkle,” 1925.

President Actors’ Theatre. 1st president Actors’ Equity Association Author: The Eugene Field I Knew. Recollections of a Player.

Joseph Jefferson; Francis Wilson’s Life of Himself. John Wilkes Booth; Edwin Booth. Dramatist: The Magic Ring.

The Bachelor’s Baby; The Spiritualist. The Dancing Master. Lectured on “Eugene Field I Knew”. “Humorous Side of an Actor’s Life”.

“Joseph Jefferson”. Home: Clearwater, Florida, and New York, New York.

Works

  • Other Work

    • Author: The Eugene Field I Knew. Recollections of a Player. Joseph Jefferson

    • Francis Wilson’s Life of Himself.

      John Wilkes Booth

    • Edwin Booth. Dramatist: The Magic Ring. The Bachelor’s Baby

    • The Spiritualist.

      The Dancing Master. Lectured on “Eugene Field I Knew”. “Humorous Side of an Actor’s Life”. “Joseph Jefferson”.

Connections

Married Mira Barrie, 1881 (died 1915).; married second, Edna Bruns (his leading woman in “The Bachelor’s Baby”), 1917. Children: Frances Barrie Wilson (Mme.

father:
Charles Edwin Wilson

mother:
Emily (Von Erdon) Wilson

spouses:
Mira Barrie

Edna Bruns

child:
Frances Barrie Wilson (Mme Wilson