Wilton Lackaye

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Wilton Lackaye
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Theatre Magazine, 1908
William Andrew Lackey

(1862-09-30)September 30, 1862
DiedAugust 22, 1932(1932-08-22) (aged 69)
Years active1883–1925
Spouse(s)Annie Lewis (died 1896)
Alice Evans (1 child)
Katherine Alberta Riley
ChildrenWilton Lackaye Jr.

Wilton Lackaye (September 30, 1862 – August 22, 1932) was an American stage and film actor, who originated the role of Svengali (from the 1895 novel Trilby) in both stage and film.

Early life and family[edit]

William Andrew Lackey[1] was born in Loudoun County, Virginia the son of James Lackey and his wife Margaret Bagnam.[2][3][4] He was married thrice: first to actress Annie Lewis,[5][6] 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).[7][8]


He created the role of Svengali in the play Trilby in 1895 which he played on screen in 1915 opposite Clara Kimball Young.[7] 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.


Lackaye died at age 69 in New York City.[9]



  1. ^ Room, Adrian - Dictionary of Pseudonyms: 13,000 Assumed Names and Their Origins, 2010 pg. 270 accessed June 27, 2012
  2. ^ William Lackey, Washington, D.C., 1870-1880 US Census Records, Ancestry.com
  3. ^ Who Was Who in the Theatre 1912-1976, vol.3 I-P page 1395, originally published annually by John Parker, 1976 edition published by Gale Research
  4. ^ Note: 1870 and 1880 US census records and Ontario marriage record placed Lackaye's birthplace as Washington D.C.
  5. ^ 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
  6. ^ National Police Gazette; January 12, 1889; pg. 2; col. 4; Fulton History accessed June 27, 2012
  7. ^ a b "Biography Wilton Lackaye". allmovie.com. Rovi Corp. Retrieved June 1, 2012.
  8. ^ "Wilton Lackaye". IBDb.com. The Broadway League. Retrieved June 1, 2012.
  9. ^ "Wilton Lackaye, Noted Actor Dies", The New York Times; August 22, 1932; pg. 15

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