Edwin Adams (Edwin Adams)

Edwin Adams

American Actor. Adams became interested in acting in his late teens, and before he turned twenty debuted on stage at the National Theatre in Boston portraying the character Stephen, the sympathetic character of Sir Thomas in “The Hunchback”. Later that same year he appeared in Hamlet portraying the part of Bernado. In 1854, he left for Philadelphia where he was hired to perform at the Chester Street Athenaenum as the character Charles Woodley in “The Soldier’s Daughter”. For the next few years he performed in such plays as “The Lady of Lyons,” “The Marble Heart.” “Wild Oats,” “Narcisse,” and the “Serf” and many others. In 1864 he began touring and was featured as the “star”. He was reputed to have been booked to open at Ford’s Theatre two nights after the assassination of President Lincoln. In 1869 he joined the Edwin Booth touring company, then the premier acting resource in America. He appeared with the touring company in “Romeo and Juliet,” “Othello” and “Enoch Arden” based on poems of Tennyson. In 1872 and 1873 Adams traveled throughout America under the direction of Henry E. Abbey, performing only in “Enoch Arden.” His last appearance in New York was March 4, 1875 where he played “Claude Melnotte” at Booth’s Theatre. Shortly after this performance he left for Australia, but after only a few performances he became ill and left Australia to return to America. He felt well enough to continue his tour and stopped in San Francisco where he gave his last performance at the California Theatre. Due to his illness he remained there for several months before feeling well enough to return to Philadelphia. He died shortly after returning to Philadelphia where he died from bright’s disease.

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  • February, 03, 1834
  • USA
  • Massachusetts


  • October, 28, 1877
  • USA
  • Pennsylvania


  • Mount Moriah Cemetery
  • Pennsylvania
  • USA

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