Skip to main content

George Hartpence

Actor's Resume for George Hartpence

George Hartpence OnLine
About Geo & Headshots
Stage Biography
Geo's Show Photos
Geo's Shakespearean Roles
Featured Performances
An Inspector Calls
Booth by Austin Pendleton
The Constant Wife
The Crucible
Cyrano de Bergerac
Cyrano Photos
Dangerous Corner
Enchanted April
Orson's Shadow
Owl and the Pussycat
Uncle Vanya
Set Designs by Geo
Carol Thompson - Actor
Site Map
Member Login
Contact Us
by Austin Pendleton

May 29 - June 14, 2009

Another backstage tale by Austin Pendleton. Based on the true story of Junius Booth, a tormented, alcoholic, 19th-century actor. His glory would be forgotten, while son Edwin would win fame as a great actor and his other son, John Wilkes, would win infamy as Lincoln’s assassin. “As the twig is bent, so grows the tree …”
Directed by Cheryl Doyle
Produced by Chuck Donnelly
Stage Managed by Jennifer Dzama
Set design by George Hartpence
finalized NET poster

Critical Praise for the ActorsNET production:


Director Cheryl Doyle gets everything she can from her cast, while smoothly changing the pace from dramatic to comedic and back to dramatic

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

By Anthony Stoeckert

The Princeton Packet


"In playing Junius, George Hartpence gives another of his terrific performances. Junius’ unpredictable behavior transitions abruptly but convincingly from humorous to frightening. Throughout, Hartpence maintains a sense of humanity. I never doubted that Junius loves his family; he just can’t put them before himself or his craft."


Tom Smith holds his own while sharing the stage with Hartpence.  Other terrific work comes from Carol Thompson as Mary Ann Holmes, the mother of the boys. Susan Fowler shows up toward the end as Adelaide, the wife Junius left behind, but she makes the most of her time on stage, and her character has a definite impact on the lives of the others.
It’s playing at the Heritage Center through June 14, and it deserves to be playing to packed houses for the rest of its run.

Dramatis Personae(descriptions by playwright)in order of speaking
Edwin Booth

Junius' eldest son;

delicate, then very strong: late teens

Tom Smith
Junius Brutus Booth

great Shakespearean actor;

loving and violent;

intelligent and alcoholic: 50's

George Hartpence
Mary Ann

mother of Junius' children;

originally English;

warm, passionate, occasionally skeptical: 40's

Carol Thompson
John Wilkes Booththe younger son: loving, mercurial; teens Ben Weinstein
Mrs. Hillactress; acerbic, resigned, angry, gentle; 50'sTheresa Forsyth Swartz
Mr. Pageactor; rapturously accepting of his failure; 50'sDavid Swartz
Mr. Baxter

rough frontiersman with a song

and dance man's elegance: 40's

Jack Bathke

Junius' wife, long since betrayed in England.

Complicated, lethally witty, and hurt;

a match for Junius

Susan Fowler
Time & Place
Across America; the early 1850's
Junius Brutus Booth as Richard III

Booth Summary

excerpted from Ben Brantley's 1994 NYTimes review of the York Theater Company production at the Midtown Arts Common at Saint Peter's Church, Lexington Avenue at 54th Street, Manhattan.

Austin Pendleton's psychodrama “Booth” - about the legendary theatrical family of the 19th century - portrays Junius Brutus Booth, an alcoholic star in the last years of his career, a man who comes across as a cataclysmic force of nature, whose every gesture seems freighted with the potential for devastation.


Mr. Pendleton's script has endowed Junius with all the traits common to fictional portrayals of narcissistic scenery chewers -- overweening vanity, mesmerizing charm, territorial paranoia and blazing physical energy – but they are here pushed firmly over the edge of madness. This is a man, after all, who once played Othello naked and came close to smothering Desdemona in the bedroom scene.


A particular strength of Mr. Pendleton's script is that it is able to suggest both Junius's uncontrollable compulsions and an abiding melancholy awareness of their effects. When, in the play's first scene, it is decided that Edwin will accompany his father on a tour as a dresser, Junius warns him that he will destroy him on the road. And at a later point, he tells him: "The worst has happened. I have fascinated you." In this case, self-knowledge is in no way redemptive.


The play was inspired by the real-life history of the Booth family. Junius Booth, a British actor who appeared with (and felt humiliatingly overshadowed by) Edmund Keane in London, immigrated to America, leaving his wife and young son behind. In this country, he took a mistress by whom he fathered many children (two of whom, Edwin and John Wilkes -- who would later become the assassin of Abraham Lincoln -- are represented here). And he made a career of bringing Shakespeare to the still largely rustic new nation. While alternately dazzling and contemptuously attacking his audiences in manic outbursts, he always kept, as Edwin finally tells him in disgust, "your actors backstage, your wife in London and the mother of your children in the backwoods."

For much of the play's first half, it comes across as a dark-edged, often-witty celebration of the thespian's disjointed world, a sort of historical variation on David Mamet's "Life in the Theater," with a neophyte on the road learning from an eccentric seasoned ham. In these sections, for all of Junius's violent extravagance, he seems like a cousin to the alcoholic swashbuckler portrayed by Peter O'Toole in "My Favorite Year," who charms more than he alarms us. "Sit still, idiots!" Junius is heard yelling at the audience. "In five minutes, I'll give you the damnedest Richard you've ever seen."


But as the tour progresses, and Edwin begins to develop his own, independent theories of acting, the play shifts into a darker Oedipal struggle from which there can be only one survivor. It takes the form of both Edwin's attempt to make his father come to terms with the consequences of his irresponsibility -- of the lives he has wrecked among his family and the people he works with -- and his gradual usurpation of his father's role as a matinee idol.

About the Playwright

AUSTIN PENDLETON (Playwright) - a graduate of the Yale School of Drama - is an acclaimed multi-talented artist.Booth is one of his three published plays - a second, Orson's Shadow, was presented at ActorsNET for a Jan/Feb run, and his third, Uncle Bob, is under consideration for future presentation. For more information about the ActorsNET production of Orson's Shadow, refer to my web page by clicking this link. Mr. Pendleton co-wrote the book for the musical The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz with Mordecai Richler; music by Alan Menken and lyrics by David Spencer. An ensemble-member of Steppenwolf Theatre since 1987 he apprenticed at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, where he frequently acts and directs. On Broadway, he has appeared in The Diary of Ann Frank, Doubles, Hail Strawdyke and as Motel in the original cast of Fiddler On the Roof.AnObie award -winning actor, Mr. Pendleton just completed an Off-Broadway run of The Mad Monk (Jan `09). Other Off-Broadway acting credits include Richard II, Richard III, Hamlet, The Sunset limited, The Sweet Days of Isaac, and Oh, Dad, Poor Dad, Momma's Hung You in the Closet and I'm Feelin' So Sad. Regional acting credits include King Lear and Waiting for Godot for the New Repertory Theatre.Film credits include The Front Page, Piccadilly Jim, Dirty Work, Finding Nemo, A Beautiful Mind, Queenie in Love, Manna from Heaven, Mr. and Mrs. Bridge, What’s Up Doc, Joe the King, The Associate, Trial and Error, Amistadt, Sue, The Muppet Movie, My Cousin Vinnie)' and Christmas with the Cranks. His television credits include Homicide (NBC), 0Z (HBO), The Fourth Floor (HBO) and Liberty (PBS). He has directed three Tony-nominated Broadway productions: Spoils of War by Michael Weller and starring Kate Nelligan, The Little Foxes by Lillian Hellman and starring Elizabeth Taylor, and the musical Shelter by Gretchen Cryer and Nancy Ford, which starred Marcia Rodd. He teaches acting at the HB Studio in New York City, where he lives. In 2009 Pendleton directed Uncle Vanya by Anton Chakhov at the Classic Stage CompanyIn the spring of 2009, Pendleton will be starring in an off-Broadway production of Love Drunk written by Romulus Linney.

Pendleton on Booth
It was at Yale that he first started writing the book for college musicals, in particular for one about Edwin Booth, great American actor (1833-1893); it won a Yale Drama competition and, says Austin, “kicked around for years as a musical done here or there; then one day somebody said: ‘You should turn it into a play,’ so I did. I wrote it, my first play, as a 50th birthday present to myself” – a play simply called “Booth” – “and it was done at Williamstown, at the Long Wharf (in New Haven), and by the York company here in New York; a great success every time, mainly due to a spectacular performance by Frank Langella in all three productions.”
Preliminary Publicity Photos

Junius Booth (George Hartpence) lives and acts with "size"

Baxter (Jack Bathke) gets the upper hand (or foot) on Booth

Junius Booth (George Hartpence - left) teaches Baxter (Jack Bathke - right) who's "done".

Mr. Page (David Swartz) and Mrs. Hill (Theresa Swartz) watch from background.

Booth gives Baxter a lesson in Shakespearean drama.

US 1 newspaper promo

(sterling caption by the newspaper, not the NET)

Austin Pendleton visits the ActorsNET

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Austin with cast of Booth at post-show reception

Austin Pendleton (center) with George Hartpence (left) and Tom Smith (right)

Author's inscription on the title page of my playscript.

June 7, 2009

(opposite column)

Actors’ NET Testimonial from Actor/Director/Playwright Austin Pendleton

via email dated July 17, 2009

“On June 7 of this year (2009) I traveled with some friends to see a production by Actors' NET of my play Booth. They were doing a version I had last seen in 1994, the one published by Samuel French, and I had since done a couple of rewrites of the play, trying to find an ultimate form for it, but haunted by the feeling that I had strayed from the heart of it in the process. The production of Actors' Net brought me back to that heart. I saw, in the passion and depth of what they found in the play, what I had lost in it and therefore I saw so clearly the revisions I could make to clarify the form of the piece in a way that protected that heart. It was a transformative experience for me seeing their work. They had done another play of mine earlier in their season and I had heard splendid things about what they did. Booth, however, was a vast challenge for them because it has always been a play in search of itself. Actors' Net, through the beauty of the direction and acting they bestowed upon the play, helped it very far along in its search. I am forever grateful. They are to be cherished and nurtured. They, to me, are what theatre is all about.”

Austin with George and Carol (our Mary Ann)

Director Cheryl Doyle with Carol and Austin

Austin with Tom Smith (our Edwin)


Austin and Tom

Austin meets Dale Simon (our Orson Welles from Orson's Shadow)

Carol and Austin (with Suan Fowler looking on)

Susan Fowler (Adelaide) with Austin

Theresa Forsyth Swartz (Mrs. Hill) with Austin

David Swartz (Mr. Page - center) with Austin and gang

Austin meets our young Johnny Wilkes (Ben Weinstein) with his mom

My favorite photo from the showfor more show photos scroll down...

I think this photo really shows

the intensity of the relationship

between this father and son...

It comes towards the end of Act II,

after Junius and Edwin have

practiced the duel from Richard III,

and Junius has tried several dirty

tricks to get the upper hand,

exasperating Edwin.

Booth Family Album

Junius Brutus Booth and Edwin Booth

Mary Ann Holmes

Edwin Booth

John Wilkes Booth


Tom Smith as Edwin Booth

George Hartpence as Junius Brutus Booth

Carol Thompson as Mary Ann Holmes

Junius tells Mary Ann of the troubles on the road.

"I will not have my sons fighting!"

George Hartpence as Junius Booth, Tom Smith as Edwin Booth

and Ben Weinstein as John Wilkes Booth

Junius tells his sons how Shakespeare is "required".

David Swartz as Mr. Page and

Theresa Forsyth Swarts as Mrs. Hill

principals in Junius' traveling troupe of actors

looking for the Richard III costume

Jack Bathke (center) as Baxter interrupts the action

more carryings on with Baxter

Junius is frustrated in his attempts to get the key

to the room from Edwin.

George Hartpence (left) as Junius Brutus Booth

Tom Smith (right) as Edwin Booth

Act 2

Junius chastized Edwin for assuming the role of Ratcliff

against his express orders.

Edwins wants to try acting his way...

or at least face the person to whom he is speaking.

Junius warns Edwin that he must mesmerize the audience

like a snake charmer

More advice about how to play Richmond, who must

lead an uprising against the king

Mr. Page encourages Edwin to try his Hamlet

"to be, or not to be..."

Mr. Page admires the attempt

David Swartz (left) as Mr. Page

Tom Smith (right) as Edwin Booth

Junius is dubious & a bit put out...

Father and son a team... for now...

Mrs. Hill recalls the loss of her son.

Theresa Forsyth Swartz as Mrs. Hill

Baxter again in a physical confrontation with Junius.

The fight rehearsal

Edwin tells how he wants to act.

Junius angered by Edwin's reference to Mary Ann's marital status

"But they wanted more, they always do!"

for Act 3 photos......scroll down

Jackson Papers Project Helps Solve History Mystery

subtitled: "As the twig is bent, so grows the tree - Part 2"

The Andrew Jackson Papers Project at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, has helped solve the mystery surrounding a letter threatening the assassination of President Andrew Jackson.

The mystery centers on a July 4, 1835, letter received by Jackson and signed by Junius Brutus Booth. London born Booth was a flamboyant Shakespearean actor of the day and manic public figure -- and father of John Wilkes Booth, who would assassinate President Abraham Lincoln 30 years later, in 1865.

The letter, kept in the Library of Congress, says:

To His Excellency, General Andrew Jackson, President of the United States, Washington City,

You damn'd old Scoundrel if you don't sign the pardon of your fellow men now under sentence of Death, De Ruiz and De Soto, I will cut your throat whilst you are sleeping. I wrote to you repeated Cautions so look out or damn you. I'll have you burnt at the Stake in the City of Washington.

Your Master, Junius Brutus Booth.

You know me! Look out!

Dan Feller, history professor and director of the Andrew Jackson papers project, said presidential historians always believed the letter to be a hoax. But a recent investigation, involving Feller and his staff, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, Ill., the Hermitage in Nashville, the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., and others, has proven the letter authentic.

Feller said there are several reasons why presidential historians were convinced the letter was a fake.

First, someone -- presumably one of Jackson's clerks -- wrote "anonymous" on the envelope. Historians believe that notation meant Jackson's own staff considered the letter to be a fake.

Also, the letter indicates that Booth had written to Jackson on several occasions before, but there is no other known correspondence between the two.

Finally, Feller said, it was understandable that someone writing such an inflammatory letter might forge Junius Booth's name to it.

"Booth was sort of a combination of Dennis Rodman and Darth Vader," Feller said. "He was a famously histrionic character. Signing his name as an alias wouldn't be at all illogical."

America's seventh president had become accustomed to threats, according to Robert V. Remini, author of the biography "Andrew Jackson" and history professor emeritus at the University of Illinois at Chicago.


"It wasn't a crime to threaten the life of the president back in Jackson's time," Remini said.


Loved by the masses, Jackson also was considered by some to be unfit for the presidency. A man named Robert Lawrence tried to assassinate Jackson earlier in 1835.


"He approached Jackson on the steps of the Capitol, but the gun misfired," said Marsha Mullin, vice president of museum services and chief curator at the Hermitage, Jackson's Nashville home.


The Tennessean then chased Lawrence with his cane.


"His forceful personality was such that it attracted the crazies of the world," Remini said of the same incident.

While presidential historians dismissed the letter as a fake, theatrical historians assumed it was real. The historians' debate might have gone unnoticed if the Lincoln Museum in Springfield hadn't put a copy on display as if it were authentic.

A visitor saw it and, later, while visiting the Hermitage -- Jackson's home in Nashville -– began asking questions about the letter and its veracity.

The Hermitage staff called Feller, and he called the staff of the Lincoln Museum.

Feller hoped to quash rumors that the real Booth was the author. He was in for a surprise when he researched the return address on the envelope, Brower's Hotel in Philadelphia.


They found records showing that Booth was in a theater production in Philadelphia in July 1835 and coincidentally had called in sick on July 4 -- the day the letter was written.Further, they discovered that he always stayed at the Brower's Hotel when he was there," Feller said.

In a letter to his theater director, Booth apologized for not showing up for a performance - the same day the Jackson letter was written.

"He later apologized (to the director) for writing letters that he shouldn't have, including letters to 'authorities of the country,' Feller said.


A handwriting analyst confirmed that the handwriting matched that of other surviving Booth papers.

As for the motive behind Booth's threat?

In the letter, Booth demands clemency for two men sentenced to death for piracy for robbing an American ship of $20,000 in coins and attempting to kill the crew.

It was a very celebrated case of the day and many people thought the pirates -- who claimed they were slave traders and not pirates, but weren't given time to procure evidence to prove it -- had gotten a bum rap, Feller said.

"It had all of the elements of the O.J. Simpson trial," he said. "Vivid personalities, allegations of authorities' misconduct, over-the-top lawyers, disputed evidence, etc."

In addition to all of this, Feller said, Jackson was quite controversial and some of his decisions -– such as his patronage policy, Indian relocation and banking changes -– were highly criticized.

"Jackson was a famously polarizing figure in his own day," Feller said.

                • excerpted from University of Tennessee Knoxville website article

Andrew Jackson

Junius Brutus Booth

Production Photos continued...Act 3

Junius (George Hartpence) arrives backstage at

Edwin's (Tom Smith) Hamlet performance

a drink declined

home again at Tudor Hall road-weary

Carol Thompson as Mary Ann

George Hartpence as Junius Booth

Ben Weinstein as the young John Wilkes Booth

The family sees Junius' wife - Adelaide - arrive at their homestead

HMS Adelaide Booth... otherwise know as "ravenous bitch"

Susan Fowler as Adelaide Booth

the battle of wills

Junius announces that he will divorce Adelaide

working out the divorce arrangements

Adelaide threatens the family with exposure

Junius has smashed the headstones of the children

One final visit to Edwin on the road...

Junius much the worse for wear...

sadly, no pictures of the big "Lear" scene at the

end of the play...

Booth Family Timeline
YEARappears in the playmentioned in the play

Junius Brutus Booth is born on May 1, 1796, in London, England.


Junius makes his professional debut as an actor on December 13, 1813.


While on tour in Europe, Junius (18-years-old) persuades Marie Christine Adelaide Delannoy (22-years-old) to elope with him from her mother’s home in Brussels, Belgium, on November 25, 1814.

1815:Junius marries Marie Delannoy on May 8, 1815, in London, England. Their first child, a daughter named Amelia Portia Adelaide, is born on October 5, 1815. She dies in infancy.
1817:Only three years after his professional debut, Junius finds himself engaged in a bitter rivalry with the great English actor Edmund Kean who emerges triumphant.
1819:Richard Junius Booth, son of Junius and Marie Booth, is born January 21, 1819, in London, England.
1821:In early 1821, 24-year-old Junius “elopes” with the beautiful Mary Ann Holmes. They sail to the United States arriving in Norfolk, Virginia, on June 30, 1821. Their first child, Junius Brutus Jr., is born on December 22, 1821, in Charleston, South Carolina.
1822:Junius and Mary Ann arrive in Harford County in the summer of 1822 and by 1824 own their own 150 acre working farm where many of their children are born.
1823:Junius and Mary Ann’s oldest daughter Rosalie is born on July 5, 1823. Over the next 17 years eight more children are born.
1833:Three of the Booth children (Mary Ann, Frederick, Elizabeth) die of cholera in 1833 and are buried in a cemetery on the Booth farm. Edwin Thomas Booth is born on November 13, 1833.
1835:Asia Sydney Booth is born on November 20, 1835.
1835:Henry Byron Booth, son of Junius and Mary Ann, dies of smallpox on December 28, 1835, while the family is in England. He is 11-years-old at the time of his death
1838:John Wilkes Booth is born on May 10, 1838.
1840:Joseph Adrian Booth is born on February 8, 1840.
1851:Junius and his first wife are divorced on April 18, 1851; Junius and Mary Ann are officially married on May 10, 1851.
1852:Junius Brutus Booth Sr. dies on a riverboat on the Ohio River while on tour on November 30, 1852, at the age of 56, of a mysterious illness that may have been caused by drinking unclean water from the river. By the time of his death, Junius is considered to be one of the greatest actors ever to appear on the American stage. He is buried in the Baltimore Cemetery, but his remains are moved to Green Mount Cemetery in 1869.
1853:Mary Ann Booth rents out the family’s Baltimore townhouse and moves to Tudor Hall with her four youngest children.
1857:After it becomes apparent that neither John Wilkes nor Joseph is cut out for farming, Mary Ann rents out the Booth farm in the summer of 1857. None of the Booths ever live on the property again.
1858:Mary Christine Adelaide Agatha Delannoy (Delanoir) Booth dies on March 9, 1858 in Baltimore, MD. She is buried in the Cathedral Cemetery in Baltimore. Her headstone reads "Wife of Junius Brutus Booth, tragedian."
1859:Asia Booth marries comic actor John Sleeper Clarke on April 28, 1859, in Baltimore, Maryland. They have six children, two of whom become actors.
1860:Edwin Booth marries former actress Mary Devlin on July 7, 1860. They have one daughter named Edwina born December 9, 1861. Mary dies in 1863.
1863:Edwin Booth purchases the Winter Garden Theater in New York City and the Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia and manages them in conjunction with his brother-in-law, John Sleeper Clarke. When a fire destroys the Winter Garden Theatre in 1867, Edwin builds his own the theater on Twenty-third Street and Sixth Avenue in NYC, which in 1869 opened as Booth's Theatre. The opening performance on February 3, 1869 at Booth's Theatre was Romeo and Juliet, in which Edwid played Romeo and Mary McVicker (soon to become Edwin's wife) appeared as Juliet. Edwin lost the theater to bankruptcy in 1874. It was subsequently managed by such theatrical impresarios as Augustin Daly, Tomasso Salvini and Dion Boucicault. The building became a dry goods store in 1881 and was demoloished in 1965. The Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia has been in continuous operation as a theater since Booth's day.
1864:Between November 26, 1864, and March 22, 1865, Edwin Booth appears in 100 consecutive performances of Hamlet at the Winter Garden Theatre in New York. For nearly 30 years, Edwin continues to be one of the most popular actors in America.
1865:On the evening of April 14, 1865, well-known actor John Wilkes Booth shoots President Abraham Lincoln at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, DC. In a failed attempt to escape, John Wilkes is killed in Virginia on April 26, 1865, after the barn in which he is hiding is surrounded by Federal troops. John Wilkes is 26 at the time of his death.
1869:Edwin marries former actress Mary McVicker on June 7, 1869. They have one child, Edgar, who dies at birth. In 1869, the Booth family cemetery plot is established in Green Mount Cemetery in Baltimore. Many (but not all) members of the family will eventually be buried there.
1881:Mary McVicker Booth dies on November 13, 1881, her husband Edwin’s 48th birthday.
1883:Junius Brutus Booth Jr. dies on September 16, 1883, in Manchester, Massachusetts, and is buried at Manchester’s Rosedale Cemetery. “June” had successful careers as a theatre manager and a hotel owner. He married several times and had six children.
1885:Mary Ann Holmes Booth dies in New York City on October 22, 1885, and is buried at Green Mount Cemetery in Baltimore.
1888:Asia Booth Clarke dies in Bournemouth, England, on May 16, 1888, and is buried at Green Mount Cemetery. Asia had moved to England with her husband and children in 1868 and never returned to the United States during her lifetime.
1889:Rosalie Ann Booth dies on January 15, 1889, at her brother Joseph’s home in Long Branch, New Jersey, and is buried at Green Mount Cemetery. She never married.
1893:Edwin Booth dies at The Players in New York City on June 7, 1893. The Players is a gentleman’s club founded by Edwin in 1888 that still exists today. Edwin is buried next to his first wife in Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, Massachusetts, near Boston.

Dr. Joseph Booth dies in New York City on February 26, 1902, and is buried at Green Mount Cemetery. Joseph married twice and had no surviving children.

timeline prepared for Spirits of Tudor Hall by Dinah Faber - March 2009


Princeton Packet promo article: Interview with playwright - Austin Pendleton

Edwin Booth and Robert Lincoln

In an interesting coincidence, Edwin Booth saved Abraham Lincoln's son, Robert, from serious injury or even death. The incident occurred on a train platform in Jersey City, New Jersey. The exact date of the incident is uncertain, but it is believed to have taken place in late 1864 or early 1865, shortly before Edwin's brother, John Wilkes Booth, assassinated President Lincoln.

Robert Lincoln recalled the incident in a 1909 letter to Richard Watson Gilder, editor of The Century Magazine.

"The incident occurred while a group of passengers were late at night purchasing their sleeping car places from the conductor who stood on the station platform at the entrance of the car. The platform was about the height of the car floor, and there was of course a narrow space between the platform and the car body. There was some crowding, and I happened to be pressed by it against the car body while waiting my turn. In this situation the train began to move, and by the motion I was twisted off my feet, and had dropped somewhat, with feet downward, into the open space, and was personally helpless, when my coat collar was vigorously seized and I was quickly pulled up and out to a secure footing on the platform. Upon turning to thank my rescuer I saw it was Edwin Booth, whose face was of course well known to me, and I expressed my gratitude to him, and in doing so, called him by name."

Booth did not know the identity of the man whose life he had saved until some months later, when he received a letter from a friend, Colonel Adam Badeau, who was an officer on the staff of General Ulysses S. Grant. Badeau had heard the story from Robert Lincoln, who had since joined the Union Army and was also serving on Grant's staff. In the letter, Badeau gave his compliments to Booth for the heroic deed. The fact that he had saved the life of Abraham Lincoln's son was said to have been of some comfort to Edwin Booth following his brother's assassination of the president.

source: Wikipedia

Disclaimer: This web page was created by George Hartpence and he is entirely responsible for its content. It in no way represents an endorsement of design, content, quality, or opinion by either the playwright or The ActorsNET of Bucks County. This page is for entertainment and educational purposes only and not intended for commercial use. Permission is granted by the page author for non-commercial reproduction and use of its contents.