Junius Brutus Booth Jr.

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Junius Brutus Booth Jr.
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Junius Brutus Booth Jr.
Born Junius Brutus Booth Jr.
(1821-12-22)December 22, 1821
Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Died September 16, 1883(1883-09-16) (aged 61)
Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts, United States
Occupation Actor, theatre manager
Parent(s) Junius Brutus Booth
Mary Ann Holmes
Relatives John Wilkes Booth (brother)
Edwin Booth (brother)
Asia Booth Clarke (sister)

Junius Brutus Booth Jr. (December 22, 1821 – September 16, 1883) was an American actor and theatre manager.

As a member of the illustrious Booth family of actors, Junius Brutus Booth Jr. was overshadowed by his father Junius Sr. and brothers Edwin and John Wilkes (the assassin of Abraham Lincoln) and his wife Agnes, a successful actress. Booth managed the Boston Theatre, Walnut Street Theatre, Winter Garden Theatre, and Booth's Theatre, where his brother Edwin was the star attraction. Though a relatively undistinguished actor, Junius Jr. was highly regarded for his performances as King John and Cassius in Julius Caesar, which he performed with Edwin as Brutus and John Wilkes as Mark Antony in 1864.[1]

Junius Brutus Booth Jr. himself was briefly imprisoned in Washington, DC, after his brother assassinated Abraham Lincoln. At the time of the assassination, he was fulfilling an acting engagement at Pike's Opera House in Cincinnati before Edward, Prince of Wales. Even so, he was arrested and hurried by train to the Old Capitol Prison, where he was interrogated and released.

Booth in the early 1860s

He married Agnes Land Perry in 1867. He retired in 1881 to Masconomo House in Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts, where he died on September 17, 1883.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Cambridge Guide to Theatre, Cambridge University Press (1995)
  2. ^ Palmquist, Peter E. (2000). Pioneer Photographers of the Far West: A Biographical Dictionary, 1840-1865. Stanford University Press. p. 114. 

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