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Walter Hampden
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    (June 30, 1879-June 11, 1955)
    Birth name was Walter Hampden Dougherty
    Acted in ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939),' ‘Reap the Wild Wind (1942),' ‘The Adventures of Mark Twain (1944),' ‘All About Eve (1950),' ‘Five Fingers (1952),' ‘Sabrina (1954)'
    Performed on Broadway in ‘Cyrano de Bergerac,' ‘Hamlet,' ‘Macbeth,' ‘Othello,' ‘The Merchant of Venice,' ‘Henry VIII' and ‘The Crucible'
    No one would cast him in the great Shakespearean roles until he was able to pay for the productions himself.
    He took over management of the Colonial Theatre and renamed it Hampden's Theatre after himself.
    He made his television debut at the age of 69 in the role of Macbeth.
    He was the only American actor to play Hamlet on Broadway between 1922 and 1975.
    He coached Ronald Colman in the scenes from ‘Othello' that Colman played in his Oscar-winning role in ‘A Double Life.'
    His greatest role was Cyrano de Bergerac, which he played from 1923 to 1936.
    He did a special performance of ‘Cyrano de Bergerac' in 1946, where José Ferrer played the title role for the first two acts and he played it in the third act.

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