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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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Hamlet Hamlet
Hamlet Hamlet
Macbeth Macbeth


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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 Merchant of Venice (1913). (Played in repertory with Mice and Men, The Light That Failed, Caesar and Cleopatra, The Passing of the Third Floor Back, The Sacrament of Judas, Hamlet, Othello). Written by William Shakespeare. Shubert Theatre: 29 Sep 1913- 29 Dec 1913 (unknown performances). Cast (as known): Johnston ... 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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Brother-in-law of actress Maxine Elliott. See more »

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