- John Drew (actor)
:"For the Shakespearean actor born in 1853, this man's son, see
John Drew Jr."Infobox actor
name = John Drew
birthname = Jonathan Henry Drewland
birthdate = birth date|1827|9|3|mf=y
deathdate = death date and age|1862|5|21|1827|9|3|mf=y
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Louisa Lane Drew(m. 1848; until his death)
John Drew (
September 3, 1827– May 21, 1862) was an Irish-Americanstage actor and theatre manager.
Born Jonathan Henry Drewland in
Dublin, Ireland, to Thomas L. Drew and Louise Kanten, he was the fifth of sixth children. He lived in Templeogue, a poor Irish village in Dublin during the 19th century. In 1852, John Drew emigrated to the United Stateswith his family.
After moving to the
United States, Drew got a job in the theatrical company of Joseph J. Johlen (the theatre manager). He appeared in a number of Johlen's plays, including "Uncle Mutch", "The Barber Man", "Canterbury of Livingston" and also "The Progrist".
Drew made his first
New Yorkappearance in 1846. He played Irish and light comedyparts with success in many American cities, and was the manager of the Arch Street Theatre.
John married Louisa Lane in 1848. They had three children, Louisa (b.1852), John Jr. (b. 1853), and Georgiana (b. 1856), the latter two of whom were accomplished actors. (Georgiana married
Maurice Barrymorein 1876, begetting the Barrymore family; this makes John Drew the great-great-grandfather of actress Drew Barrymore.)
Drew died at his home in
Philadelphia, at the early age of 34, after tripping & falling and fatally hitting his head during a party for six year old Georgiana. He was buried in Nation Peace Cemetery in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. After his death, his wife Louisa took over the management of the Arch Street Theatre.
*Moses, "Famous Actor-Families in America" (New York, 1906)
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