12 February 1868|
London, England, UK
|Died||7 April 1940
Long Island, New York, USA
William Faversham (b 12 February 1868 in London, England – d. 7 April 1940 in Bay Shore, Long Island, New York) was a legendary film and stage actor from Britain who made his name on Broadway when he starred as Algernon in the original production of The Importance of Being Earnest in 1895. As a teenager in the 1880s he befriended and followed actor Maurice Barrymore around London when Barrymore, his wife and their three children visited England in 1884. Faversham idolised Barrymore and tried to imitate him when he began his stage career. Faversham was much admired in such potboilers such as Brother Officers, Julius Caesar, The Squaw Man, and Othello. He played Romeo to Maude Adams's Juliet. As he aged Faversham continued to take on classic roles and contemporary parts. In the 1930s he even tried films appearing in Rouben Mamoulian's Technicolor version of Becky Sharp in 1935
Faversham was married three times. His first wife was Marian Merwin. His second wife was actress Julie Opp who bore him two sons, William Jr. and Philip(1907-1982). Julie had previously been married to Robert Loraine. She died in 1921. Lastly Faversham was married to Edith Campbell.
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- Great Stars of the American Stage by Daniel Blum Profile No.46 c. 1952(this 2nd edition c.1954)
- William Faversham at the Internet Movie Database
- William Faversham at the Internet Broadway Database
- Julie Opp(William's beloved wife died 1921); PeriodPaper.com, circa 1910
- Julie Opp, William Faversham and their sons Phillip and William Jr., 1917 National Red Cross Pageant
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