James Henry Hackett
|James Henry Hackett|
March 15, 1800|
New York City, New York
|Died||December 28, 1871
Queens, New York
|Children||James Keteltas Hackett|
Hackett was born in New York City. He entered Columbia College in 1815 but withdrew. He then studied law privately. In 1818, he became a wholesale clerk in a grocery firm in New York. In 1819, he married Catherine Leebuff, a young actress. After an unsuccessful entry into business, he went on the stage in March 1826 playing the role of Justice Woodcock in Love of a Village. He played opposite his wife in the play. He soon established a reputation as a player of eccentric character parts. The next year, he played at the Covent Garden in London with success. He traveled back and forth between the United States and Britain, achieving a reputation in the works of Shakespeare, particularly Falstaff.
As a manager and impresario, he is remembered, among other things, for having engaged the troupe of Italian opera singers who formed the nucleus of the first season (1854–55) of the Academy of Music in New York City. After that, he appeared only rarely on the public stage. He was the author of Notes and Comments on Shakespeare (1863).
Notes and references
- Actors and Actresses of Great Britain and the United States: Kean and Booth edited by Brander Matthews, Laurence Hutton 1886.
- Obituary article in the New York Times, December 29, 1871.
- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Hackett, James Henry". Encyclopædia Britannica. 12 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 794.