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Francis Wilson (actor)

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Francis Wilson (February 7, 1854 – October 7, 1935) was an American actor. Career Wilson was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He began his career in a minstrel show with Haverly's United Mastodon Minstrels, but by 1878 was playing at the Chestnut Street Theatre, Philadelphia, and the next year appeared in M'liss with Annie Pixley. After several years in regular comedy, he took up some comic opera, appearing with the McCaull Comic Opera Company and making a great success in Erminie (1886). In 1889, leaving New York's Casino Theatre, he made his appearance as a star in The Oolah. Plays in which he starred subsequently include The Merry Monarch (1890); The Lion Tamer (1891); The Little Corporal (1898); The Strollers (1901); The Little Father of the Wilderness (1905); 'nd The Bachelor's Baby (1909), which he also wrote. He also appeared in several productions of Rip Van Winkle. He formed his own theatre company in 1899. He was the author of Joseph Jefferson: Reminisce
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