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Johnston Forbes-Robertson
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    (January 16, 1853-November 6, 1937)
    Acted in `Hamlet,' `Romeo & Juliet,' `The Passing of the Third Floor Back,' `The Light That Failed' and `Caesar and Cleopatra'
    Knighted in 1913
    He didn't play Hamlet until he was 44 years old.
    Until he played Hamlet, he was best known for playing second leads to Sir Henry Irving.
    He played Hamlet until he was 60.
    He disliked acting and wanted to be a painter.
    His interpretation of Hamlet was immediately recognized as the finest of the 19th century.
    When Henry Irving saw him as Hamlet, Irving said that he would never play the role himself again.
    He starred in one of the first films of `Hamlet' in 1913.
    George Bernard Shaw wrote the role of Caesar in `Caesar and Cleopatra' for him.
    His daughter Jean Forbes-Robertson (1905-1962) became a distinguished actress.
    He painted a portrait of actor Samuel Phelps that hangs in the Garrick Club in London today.

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