Theatre Magazine, 1908
William Andrew Lackey
September 30, 1862
|Died||August 22, 1932 (aged 69)|
|Spouse(s)||Annie Lewis (died 1896)|
Alice Evans (1 child)
Katherine Alberta Riley
|Children||Wilton Lackaye Jr.|
Early life and family
William Andrew Lackey was born in Loudoun County, Virginia the son of James Lackey and his wife Margaret Bagnam. He was married thrice: first to actress Annie Lewis, second to Alice Evans and lastly to Katherine Alberta Riley. He had a son Wilton Lackaye Jr. (1902–1977) with Alice Evans. He had two siblings in show business: James Lackaye Jr. (1867–1919) and Helen Lackaye (1883–1940).
He created the role of Svengali in the play Trilby in 1895 which he played on screen in 1915 opposite Clara Kimball Young. He enjoyed a lengthy and distinguished stage career before entering silent films in middle age. He was a distinctive-looking actor with large round eyes particularly effective when playing the scheming Svengali.
- The Pit (1914)
- Children of the Ghetto (1915)
- Trilby (1915)
- The Man of Shame (1915)
- God's Crucible (1921)
- What's Wrong with the Women? (1922)
- The Lone Wolf (1924)
- For Woman's Favor (1924)
- The Sky Raider (1925)
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- Note: 1870 and 1880 US census records and Ontario marriage record placed Lackaye's birthplace as Washington D.C.
- Ontario, Canada, Marriages, 1801-1928 about William Lackey - Name: William Lackey - Birth Place: Washington DC US - Age: 25 - Estimated Birth Year: abt 1861 - Father Name: James Lackey - Mother Name: Margaret Lackey - Spouse Name: Annie B Lewis - Spouse's Age: 17 - Spouse Birth Place: Washington D C - Spouse Father Name: Charles E Lewis - Spouse Mother Name: Amelia Lewis -Marriage Date: 22 Dec 1886 - Marriage County or District: Essex -Ancestry. com
- National Police Gazette; January 12, 1889; pg. 2; col. 4; Fulton History accessed June 27, 2012
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- "Wilton Lackaye". IBDb.com. The Broadway League. Retrieved June 1, 2012.
- "Wilton Lackaye, Noted Actor Dies", The New York Times; August 22, 1932; pg. 15
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