Junius Brutus Booth Jr.

Junius Brutus Booth Jr. (December 22, 1821 – September 17, 1883)[1] was an American actor and theatre manager.

Junius Brutus Booth Jr.
Junius Brutus Booth Jr.
Born
Junius Brutus Booth Jr.

(1821-12-22)December 22, 1821
DiedSeptember 17, 1883(1883-09-17) (aged 61)
OccupationActor, theatre manager
Parent(s)Junius Brutus Booth
Mary Ann Holmes
RelativesJohn Wilkes Booth (brother)
Edwin Booth (brother)
Asia Booth Clarke (sister)

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 later by his wife Agnes, a successful actress.

Booth was married three times:[2][3] first briefly to Clementina De Bar, sister of comedian and theatrical manager Ben De Bar; then in California to Harriet Mace, who bore him a daughter but died in childbirth; and finally, upon returning East in 1867 and becoming manager of the Boston Theatre, to Agnes Perry (née Rookes), who thereafter was known professionally as Agnes Booth. Junius and Agnes had four children together:[4] Junius Brutus III (1868–1912), Algernon (1869–1877), Sydney (1873–1937), and Barton (1874–1879). Only two survived to adulthood, and of those two, Junius Brutus III committed suicide in 1912.[3]

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 as Cassius in Julius Caesar. In 1864 he performed Julius Caesar alongside his brothers Edwin (as Brutus) and John Wilkes (as Mark Antony).[5]

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 retired in 1881 to Masconomo House in Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts, where he died on September 17, 1883.[1] He was buried in Manchester's Rosedale Cemetery.[1] Although Agnes Booth remarried in 1885, she continued performing under the Booth name, and was buried next to him when she died in 1910.[4]

References

  1. Peter E. Palmquist (2000). Pioneer Photographers of the Far West: A Biographical Dictionary, 1840–1865. Stanford University Press. p. 114.
  2. Charles Pope (1897-03-27). "The Booth Dynasty: Some of the Peculiarities of a Distinguished Family, Described by One Who Knew Them" (PDF). Evening Star. Washington, D.C. p. 21. Retrieved 2019-03-28.
  3. A. L. Wakeling (June 1978). "The double tragedy at Brightlingsea". Essex Countryside. Retrieved 2019-03-28.
  4. "Marion Agnes Land Rookes Booth". findagrave. Retrieved 2019-03-28.
  5. The Cambridge Guide to Theatre, Cambridge University Press (1995)
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