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Louis Aldrich, né Salma Lyon, was a stage actor who later became president of the Actors' Fund of America.


Aldrich was born at sea while his mother was on her way from Germany to the United States.


He attended Whitewater College in Wayne County, Indiana through 1857.


He was later adopted by a family living in Cincinnati, Ohio. Career as child actor \r\n He went on tour as a child actor playing Richard III, Macbeth, and Shylock, Claude Melnotte, Young Norval and other heroes of the classic drama before 1857, being billed under various titles, such as " The Ohio Roscius " and " The Boy Prodigy." His name was Salma Lyon, but he finally took Louis Aldrich as his legal and professional designation. He joined the juvenile March Players of St. Louis, Missouri, from 1858 through 1863, being billed as " Master Louis".

Went with them in 1860 to California. And thence to Australia and New Zealand, where they remained two years and a half. In 1863 the troupe returned to California, and disbanded after playing in San Francisco for four weeks.

He then joined Maguire's Opera House Company in San Francisco, California. He remained there from 1863 through 1866. Boston Theatre \r\n Frank Mayo had been cast for the part, and his name appeared on the posters, but at the last moment Aldrich took his place.

He remained at the Boston Theatre for eight seasons, playing in the many old plays revived at that house, and supporting Forrest, Booth, Cushman, and others in leading roles. In 1870 he appeared in Armadale. He then played in Leah the Forsaken.

At home and on tour \r\n From 1873, He played successively in several companies. He became the leading man of Mrs. John Drew's company, the Arch Street Players, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he stayed through the following year.

As a stock star at Wood's Museum in New York. With John T. Ford's company in Baltimore. At Booth's Theatre in New York, and for the seasons of 1877-78 and 1878-79 with McKee Rankin as Parson in The Danites.

On September 11, 1888, he produced The Kaffir Diamond at the new Broadway Theatre in New York, and two years later starred in The Editor. With Rose Eytinge \r\n In the season of 1892-93 he played General Colgate in Augustus Thomas's war drama Surrender, under the management of Charles Frohman, the cast including Rose Eytinge, Maude Banks, W. H. Crompton, Burr Mcintosh, and Harry Woodruff. In 1893 he appeared in "The Senator" at the Grand Opera House in New Bedford, Massachsettes.

Actors' Fund of America \r\n In 1897, he became the president of the Actors' Fund of America, a position he remained in until the year of his death, 1901, in Kennebunkport, Maine.


He became a member of the stock company at the Boston Theatre in March, 1866, opening as Nathan to the Leah of Ellen Bateman.


Married Clara Shropshire.

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