William Henry Crane


William Henry Crane

William Henry Crane (1845-1928), American actor, was born on 30 April 1845, in Leicester, Massachusetts, and made his first appearance at Utica, New York, in Donizetti's "Daughter of the Regiment" in 1863. Later he had a great success as Le Blanc the Notary, in the burlesque "Evangelie" (1873). He made his first hit in the legitimate drama with Stuart Robson (1836-1903), in "The Comedy of Errors" and other Shakespearian plays, and in "The Henrietta" (1881) by Bronson Howard (1842-1908). This partnership lasted for twelve years, and subsequently Crane appeared in various eccentric character parts in such plays as "The Senator" and "David Harum". In 1904 he turned to more serious work and played Isidore Izard in "Business is business", an adaptation from Octave Mirbeau's "Les Affaires sont les Affaires".

In his 70s, Crane appeared in a number of films, notably in a reprise of his role in "David Harum" (1915). He died 7 March, 1928 at the Hotel Hollywood.

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External links

*Broadway Credits at the Internet Broadway Database [http://www.ibdb.com/person.asp?id=67188 here] .

*Film Credits at the Internet Movie Database [http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0186443/ here] .

*"W. H. Crane" by Joseph Howard, Jr. in "Famous American Actors of To-day", edited by Frederic Edward McKay and Charles E. L. Wingate, New York, Thomas Y. Crowell & Company, 1896. Online [http://books.google.com/books?id=kzIOAAAAIAAJ&pg=RA1-PA341 here] .

*"William H. Crane", Chapter XI in "Famous Actors of the Day in America" by Lewis C. Strang, Boston, L. C. Page and Company, 1900. Online [http://books.google.com/books?id=Hos0AAAAMAAJ&pg=PA149 here] .

*"Crane-Robson" in "Some Players: Personal Sketches" by Amy Leslie, Herbert S. Stone & Company, Chicago & New York, 1901. Online [http://books.google.com/books?id=fY5LAAAAIAAJ&pg=PA430 here] .

*"William H. Crane, A Study", By Edwin F. Edgett in "Frank Leslie's Popular Monthly", January 1903 (Volume LV No. 3). Online [http://books.google.com/books?id=BIxR_WByA08C&pg=PA324 here] . (Illustration [http://books.google.com/books?id=BIxR_WByA08C&pg=PA234 here] ).

*Obituary in the "New York Times", March 8, 1928, page 25, online [http://select.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F70614FE3559127A93CAA91788D85F4C8285F9 here] .


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