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James Henry Hackett


James Henry Hackett, American actor.


Hackett, James Henry was born on March 15, 1800 in New York City. Son of Thomas C. Hackett.


Attended Columbia 1815.


Made 1st stage appearance in Love in a Village, playing Justice Woodcock to his wife’s Rosseta, Park Theatre, New York City, 1826. Played Falstaff in Henry IV, Park Theatre, 1828. Made stage version of Rip Van Winkle, 1830.

Played Melodious Migrate in The Moderns, or a Trip to the Springs, 1831. Played Colonel Nimrod Wildfire in The Lion of the West, or a Trip to Washington. Manager Astor Place Opera House, 1849, The National, New York City, Howard Athenaeum, Boston.

Founded 1st American-born theatrical family. Played in London, England. Helped develop American character comedy into popular art.

Maintained extensive correspondence on Shakespeare with John Quincy Adams.


Married Catharine Lee Sugg, 1819. Married second, Clara Cynthia Morgan, March 27, 1864. Children-John K., James Keteltas.

Thomas C. Hackett. Hackett

Catharine Lee Sugg

Clara Cynthia Morgan

John K. Hackett

James Keteltas Hackett