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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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 1938 Kathleen
Pat O'Moore (as John Forbes-Robertson)
 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 Sacrament of Judas (1913). (Played in repertory with Mice and Men, The Light That Failed, Caesar and Cleopatra, The Passing of the Third Floor Back, Hamlet, The Merchant of Venice, Othello). Written by Louis Tiercelin. Shubert Theatre: 29 Sep 1913- 29 Dec 1913 (unknown performances). Cast (as known): Gertrude Elliott, ... See more »

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1 Print Biography | 8 Articles | See more »

Alternate Names:

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

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Although claimed elsewhere, he was not the father of John Forbes-Robertson. (No doubt they were related as Lord Johnston was one of twelve children.). See more »

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