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James Henry Hackett
Born 1800
New York City, New York
Died December 28, 1871
Queens, New York
Occupation Stage actor
Spouse(s) Catherine Leebuff

James Henry Hackett (1800, New York City – December 28, 1871, Jamaica, Long Island, New York), was a renowned actor.

J. H. Hackett as Falstaff

Hackett entered Columbia College in 1815 but withdrew. He then studied law privately. In 1818 he became a wholesale clerk in a grocery firm in New York. In 1819 he married Catherine Leebuff, a young actress. After an unsuccessful entry into business, he went on the stage in March 1826 playing the role of Justice Woodcock in Love of a Village. He played opposite his wife in the play. He soon established a reputation as a player of eccentric character parts. The next year, he played at the Covent Garden in London with success. He traveled back and forth between the United States and Britain, achieving a reputation in the works of Shakespeare, particularly Falstaff.

As a manager and impresario, he is remembered, among other things, for having engaged the troupe of Italian opera singers who formed the nucleus of the first season (1854-55) of the Academy of Music in New York City. After that, he appeared only rarely on the public stage. He was the author of Notes and Comments on Shakespeare (1863).

He was the father of James Keteltas Hackett.

Notes and references

  • Obituary article in the New York Times, December 29, 1871

This article incorporates text from the Encyclopædia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, a publication now in the public domain.

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