Aiken, Frank Eugene was born on August 31, 1840 in Boston, Massachusetts, United States. Son of Lemuel Gilman and Susan (Wyatt) Aiken.
Educated Mayhew (public) School, Boston.
Began theatrical career in George H. Wyatt’s (an uncle) stock company. Later leading man at Barnum’s Museum, New York. With E. L. Davenport Company, Boston, 3 seasons.
Leading man, Boston Theatre, 1 season. Mistress John Drew’s Arch St. Theatre, Philadelphia, 1 season. Wood’s Museum, Chicago, 1864.
Manager Wood’s Museum, Aiken’s Museum, Dearborn Theatre, Hooley’s Theatre, Chicago, 1868-1871. Owner and manager Aiken’s Theatre, Chicago, 1871-1873. Starred in own company, 1873-1888.
Under T. Henry French as “The Earl” in Little Lord Fauntleroy, 3 seasons. With Frank Mayo in Pudd’nhead Wilson, 2 seasons. 3 seasons as “Lord Rintoul” in The Little Minister.
Was prominent member Mistress George H. Gilbert’s company at time of her death in Chicago, 1904. Lifelong friend of Edwin Booth and often appeared with him in Shakespearean and romantic plays. Under engagement to Charles Frohman in support of John Drew.