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Johnston Forbes-Robertson (I) (1853–1937)

Johnston Forbes-Robertson (1853-1937) was an English actor and theatrical impresario that George Bernard Shaw and other critics considered to be the finest Hamlet (1913) of his generation. Forbes-Robertson had trained to be an artist and was not overly fond of acting, but he took to the boards to make a living. He did his apprenticeship with ... See full bio »

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Known For

Masks and Faces
Masks and Faces Triplet
Hamlet Hamlet
Hamlet Hamlet


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 1917 Masks and Faces
Triplet (as Sir Johnston Forbes-Robertson)
 1915/II Hamlet (Short)
Hamlet (as Sir J. Forbes-Robertson)
 1913 Hamlet
 1898 Macbeth (Short)
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 1995 Cinema Europe: The Other Hollywood (TV Mini-Series documentary)
- Opportunity Lost (1995) ... Hamlet (uncredited)

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Other Works:

The Passing of the Third Floor Back (1909). Written by Jerome K. Jerome. Maxine Elliott's Theatre: 4 Oct 1909- Apr 1910 (closing date unknown/216 performances). Cast: Johnston Forbes-Robertson (as "The Third Floor Back"), Madge Avery (as "Mrs. Sharpe"), Kate Carlyon (as "Mrs. Tompkins"), Alexander Cassey (as "A Cad"), Molly ... See more »

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1 Print Biography | 8 Articles | See more »

Alternate Names:

Sir J. Forbes-Robertson | Sir Johnston Forbes-Robertson

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George Bernard Shaw wrote the role of Caesar in "Caesar and Cleopatra" specifically for him. See more »

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