Edwin Arden

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Edwin Arden
Edwin Arden as Sir John Oxon-Lady of Quality.JPG
Edwin Arden as Sir John Oxon in The Lady of Quality
Born Edwin Hunter Pendleton Arden
(1864-02-04)February 4, 1864
St. Louis, Missouri
Died October 2, 1918(1918-10-02) (aged 54)
New York City
Occupation Stage actor, manager and playwright

Edwin Hunter Pendleton Arden (February 4, 1864 – October 2, 1918) was an American actor, theatre manager, and playwright.


Arden was born in St. Louis, Missouri, to Richard Arden and Mary Berkeley Huntingdon Smith. After a common-school education he travelled west and worked in a number of different jobs, including as a mine-helper, cowboy, railroad brakeman, clerk, reporter, and theatre manager. In 1882, he made his debut as an actor with Thomas Keene's Shakespeare company. The next year, in 1883, he married Agnes Ann Eagleson Keene. Around this time, he wrote several plays, including The Eagle's Nest, Raglan's Way, Barred Out, and Zorah.

He worked with a number of theatrical companies over the next thirty years, performing in such works as Edmond Rostand's L'Aiglon, Victorien Sardou's Fédora, and in an all-star production of Romeo and Juliet at the Knickerbocker Theatre in New York. In his later years, he had his own stock theatre company in Washington, D.C.[1] He starred in silent films such as The Beloved Vagabond (1915).

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  1. ^ "Edwin Arden Drops Dead." New York Times, Oct 3, 1918, p. 13

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