John W. Blaisdell

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John W. Blaisdell (1840 - February 4, 1911) was a well-known American stage actor in the second half of the 19th century.

Blaisdell was born in Lowell, Massachusetts in 1840, and made his stage debut at age 17 at the Boston Museum. Among his performances included being part of the original production of The Black Crook in 1866.[1]

He worked in Chicago for many years and was part of the Hooley company. He retired from the stage before 1900 and worked for the city of Chicago, where he died on February 4, 1911.[2][3][4]


  1. ^ (15 June 1907). The Origin of The Black Crook and Its Career Told, The Billboard (article by Blaisdell)
  2. ^ (5 February 1911). Notable Deaths, San Francisco Call
  3. ^ (8 February 1911). Death of a Veteran Actor, New York Dramatic Mirror, p. 10, col. 1
  4. ^ (10 February 1910). Former Matinee Idol Dying of Paralysis, Los Angeles Herald

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